Ant Identification and Control
Ants are pretty amazing in their industry, perseverance, and social organization—and these qualities can also make them difficult to get rid of. A seemingly endless army of ants will march through an area, single-mindedly seeking food and water and in the process contaminating food, harming plants, even gnawing holes in fabric or destroying the insulation on phone wires and other equipment. Some ants can also inflict painful stings or bites.
These social insects live in colonies that can contain millions of individuals—yes, millions! Every colony has at least one queen, whose role is to lay eggs. Meanwhile, “worker ants” forage for food—preferably sweets, proteins, or fats—and lay down pheromone trails that enable other ants to follow them to the food source. That’s why you see those unwavering lines of ants advancing with such military precision. And even though a nest may be outdoors, ants can enter a building through the tiniest of openings—around windows and doors, through foundation cracks and drain pipes.
Just spraying the ants you see out foraging won’t solve the problem, since there will be thousands more to take their place back in the nest. The goal is to find and destroy the nest and the queen, then make your home or place of business less attractive and less accessible to ants in the future.
Effective control starts with figuring out what kind of ants you have. Of the hundreds of species found in this country, about 25 are typically home invaders. Anderson Pest Control’s technician will identify which ones are causing your problem and then work with you to locate the source of the invaders and how they are entering your home or place of business. Besides directly treating the nest, an overall management approach may include using ant bait that foragers will take back to the nest; applying an insecticide barrier around the perimeter of the structure; and removing the ants’ odor trail around entry points. At all times, the safety of your household—and the environment—is of foremost consideration. We will use the most eco-friendly measures possible to get the job done effectively.
Our technicians can also advise you on ways to prevent future ant problems—from sealing off entry points to reducing potential nesting sites in your yard.