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What Is The Ant?
It goes without saying that you’ve experienced some kind of encounter with an ant. Maybe it was during a picnic with the family. It could have been at a backyard barbecue. Maybe it was during a family camping trip. Whatever the situation is, ants are all over the United States. There are currently upwards of 14,000 different species of the Formicidae family. They live in large colonies and can easily be identified with their elbowed antennae and even more distinctive narrow waists.
Knowing this type of information will be crucial when it comes to successful elimination, but it is just the start. The ant is one of the most formidable insects we deal with, and this is because of their propensity to work together. They’ll put everything else to the side and work towards the betterment of the colony. This goal and more make these critters a particularly tenacious pest that can feed wide and far for the survival of the colony.
Why Do I Have Ants?
The ant will establish its primary colony outside, underground. It won’t be until the colony reaches its maximum size that they move onto the home. However, this doesn’t mean they won’t venture indoors. They will and while doing so, they are usually looking for food. They’ll build extensive tunneling systems leading in and out of the property, allowing them to grab food and track it back to the colony.
Unfortunately, this is just another of the factors that make elimination so difficult. The number of entrances and exits to the colony combined with the fact that the colony is usually 400 feet or more away from the home, and the situation becomes all that more difficult. If ants are in and around your property, they are likely foraging for food or seeking shelter.
Are The Critters Dangerous?
Typically, ants are not dangerous. They don’t bite, sting, or transmit disease. That being said, this doesn’t mean they aren’t a problem. Their presence is certainly a sign of warning, as it could mean they are foraging for food or looking to establish secondary colonies. Combine this with their propensity to tunnel into wooden structures, and it just makes the situation all that more troubling.
How Do I Eliminate Ants Successfully?
Ants are extremely difficult to eliminate from homes. This is because they build extensive networks of tunneling systems, leading in and out of the property. You miss one of the tunnels or just one critter and the colony will survive to live another day. Not only this but there can be multiple colones on the property. You combine all this with the fact that most of these colonies are located 300 to 400 feet from the property, and it just makes the situation all the more difficult. This is why successful elimination usually requires tricking one of the members into tracking poison back to the colony and infected the rest of the members.
Can I Do I Myself?
Tricking one of the members into tracking poison back to the colony sounds pretty simple, right? Well, it is much more difficult than that, and this is because of the chemical available to the general public. Unfortunately, the chemicals and pesticides available to the general public just aren’t effective. They are usually lacking pertinent ingredients. This is because these pertinent ingredients are illegal for the general public. Only someone with an EPA license can legally purchase these licenses. This is something you’ll want to consider heavily when choosing a pest management professional.
This is not to say that you can’t have some success with the over-the-counter chemicals because you can. However, they just aren’t as effective as the pesticides that the pros like us use. You might end up spending more money and time experimenting with DIY chemicals when you could have just opted for our services and got the problem taken care of in a matter of one or two visits.
When Will Help Get Here?
With our innate understanding of the pest world and access to all the tools, we stay busy year-round. Regardless, we are always more than willing to make exceptions for our customers. All you have to do is give us a call and we’ll get someone out to your property within the next 24 to 48 hours. We do have emergency techs stand by at all times when there are emergencies. Whatever the situation, just give us a call and we’ll get your pest problem all squared away.
Are There Safe Options?
Pesticides have always been a go-to method for pest elimination. This is because they have proven successful time and time again. The only problem is they are dangerous. This is why we started utilizing green more eco-friendly options. That being said, when we do have to utilize pesticides, we make sure we do so with the utmost care and precision. We take the safety and the safety of your family extremely seriously.