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What Are Ants?
From the Formicidae family with a social presence like you would not believe, the ant can be a formidable enemy. It is its social capabilities that make it such a hard insect to deal with. These guys are already known as hard workers, but when you have a whole colony working together 24/7 towards a common goal, it just makes them all that more formidable. There are around 14,000 species, but the ant itself is pretty easily identifiable thanks to its elbowed antennae and distinctive body structure. With a common goal in mind and the ability to work non-stop, the ant can be an extremely difficult insect to deal with. This is especially true when it comes to removal.
In most cases, this is something that requires the assistance of a licensed and trained professional. While we are always more than willing to handle any and all of your ant needs, there are a few more things that you need to be aware of when it comes to ants.
Why Do People Get Ants?
To understand the root of your infestation and move towards full eradication, you need to understand why people have ants in the first place. Why are ants in the home? While ants are commonly found inside property, it is not highly known that they like to build their colonies outdoors. At least their first or primary colony anyway. They’ll construct it underground until it reaches full capacity. When this colony reaches full capacity the workers will venture off and look for wood to build a secondary colony in. So, when it comes right down to it, there are only several reasons that the ant would choose to be in the home. These would be that your property is either providing a means of shelter, it offers access to food, or it offers access to water.
Whatever it is the ant is getting from your home, you cut these things off and you’ll be well on your way to eliminating your problem for good. Of course, this is something that is much harder said than done, but entirely possible with the right approach, tools, and mindset.
Are Ants Particularly Dangerous?
While there are some species of ants that do reportedly bite and sting, they don’t really carry or transmit any known diseases. In addition to this, no one has ever had an allergic reaction from an ant bite. All in all, they are pretty safe critters in terms of physicality. This doesn’t mean they don’t pose a threat at all because they do. They pose a threat to your property. With their ability to burrow into wood and build colonies, these critters can be extremely destructive.
How Do I Get Rid Of Ants
As a pest management professional, this is a common question that we get asked all the time. Unfortunately, it’s not a simple question with a simple answer. The reason for this is because ants build complex underground tunneling systems that lead from their primary colony to the home. These usually consist of multiple entrances and exits. It only takes one of these critters surviving and traveling back down one of these tunnels to repopulate the colony. Sounds pretty frightening, right? Given the rate at which ants work and reproduce, it should be frightening.
Can I Get Rid Of Ants Myself?
From the information above, you can see that ants are complex creatures. Due to the complexities of their tunneling systems and colonies, it can sometimes take multiple treatments to fully eradicate these pests. Due to the fact that professional treatments can be so costly a lot of homeowners turn to do-it-yourself ant treatments. This is completely understandable, but something we highly recommend against. Here’s why: To kill these critters, you usually have to trick one of the workers into carrying poison back to the colony. Simple enough, right?
The thing is, most of these chemicals are only sold to licensed professionals. The over-the-counter chemicals just aren’t as effective. You might have some success with them, but you won’t be able to fully eradicate the nest. It takes the chemicals that the pros use. Anyone distributing or using these commercial-grade chemicals without a license or certification is doing so illegally. This is just something to keep in mind when choosing a pest management provider. You can also likely see that’ll you’ll just save yourself a lot of money by paying out for professional services right from the start, rather than experimenting around with natural and over-the-counter alternatives. Just bite the bullet and get a guarantee!
Are There Safer Alternatives?
You probably aren’t feeling too optimistic about what you just read. It is indeed true that it is possible to fully eradicate ants. The only problem is eradication is something that usually requires chemicals. Chemicals in which that can be dangerous under the wrong circumstances. Handle by the wrong individuals or use in the wrong manner and these chemicals can be lethal. Regardless, they are dangerous. This is why our company has started seeking safer alternatives. Thanks to technology and the advances in the pest industry, there are now safer alternatives available.
While all these treatments won’t work in every situation under every circumstance, it is entirely possible that you are applicable for eco-friendly treatments. All you have to do is give our offices a call and we’ll get someone out to the home to provide you with a list of viable treatment solutions for your ant problem.
When Can You Get Here?
Given our understanding of the pest industry in conjunction with our access to tools and treatments, you can probably figure that we stay busy at all times of the year. While we do stay extremely tied up, we are always more than willing to accommodate anyone in need. All you have to do is give our offices a call and we’ll have someone out to the property within the next 24 to 48 hours. We do, however, have emergency services available for anyone in need. The balls in your court now. All you have to do is decide if you’re gonna call or not.