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What Are Ants?
Belonging to the Formicidae clan and living in large underground colonies, the ant is one of the most formidable insects you’ll encounter in your area. There are currently over 14,000 known species, but most are easily identifiable with their elbowed antennae and distinctive body structure. All this aside, it is their propensity for cooperation that makes them such a formidable opponent. They will work together in large numbers, foraging, building, and savaging all for the betterment of their queen and colony. With one common goal in mind, these critters will make your life a living nightmare and your home a wreck in the process. This is why it is best to identify the problem as early as possible so you can get started right away with elimination.
What Do I Have Ants?
Believe it or not, ants usually establish their primary colonies outside. This might be hard to believe since you usually see so many inside the home. What they do is build their colonies outside and then erect complex tunneling systems leading in and out of the home. While they do build tunneling systems leading into the home, they’ll also enter through doors, windows, eaves, utility lines, and virtually anywhere they can.
With this in mind, ants will also construct colonies indoors in wood structures. They usually do this when their primary colony reaches its maximum size. The workers will break off and look for places to build secondary colonies. These are usually built-in wood structures in and around the home. So, if you have ants in the home they are likely either looking for food or shelter.
Are Ants Dangerous?
There are some species of ants that do bite and sting, but for the most part, they don’t really pose a physical threat. They’ll bite and sting, but they don’t transmit disease or carry venom. About the biggest threat, they pose is to your food products. They’ll get in your food and urinate and defecate all over it, destroying it. Other than this, they can do an immense amount of damage to your wooden structures. They can damage them to the point where they’ll collapse. Of course, this would probably take years and years and thousands upon thousands of ants, but given the right amount of time, it could be entirely possible.
How To Eliminate Ants From A Property?
Given the complexities of the ant and their propensity to work together, they can be extremely hard to get rid of. Eliminating them usually requires tricking one of the critters into taking poison back to the colony, where they’ll inadvertently poison the other members. While this might sound simple, it can be more of a challenge than you think. And, this is because a lot of the chemicals and pesticides used for the jobs just aren’t effective, especially the ones sold over-the-counter. This is why it is best to opt for professional assistance right from the start. We not only utilize top-of-the-line pesticides, but we know how to spot and identify ant tunnels.
All it takes is missing one ant or one network of the tunnel, and the entire colony will live on and rebuild right back to full strength.
Can I Do It Myself?
Because of the complexities of ants and the time needed to successfully treat infestations, most homeowners just don’t have success with DIY treatments. Combine this with the fact that the most potent chemicals aren’t available to the general public, and it just makes matters all that much more challenging. That being said, even though over-the-counter chemicals aren’t effective, they are still dangerous. You have to be extremely careful when utilizing these chemicals. These chemicals can be dangerous in professional hands if not utilized right. These are just all things to keep in mind when choosing a pest management firm to handle your infestation.
How Soon Can You Get Here?
If you are thinking about taking advantage of our pest management services, we’ll be more than happy to accommodate. That being said, we do stay pretty busy. We are no doubt one of the premier providers in the area and are capable of handling a variety of pest infestations. Of course, we are always more than willing to help when and where needed. All you have to do is pick up the phone, give us a call, and we’ll have someone out at the property within 24 to 48 hours. We do also have emergency services available if and when they are needed.