If you’ve spotted a few ants around your home, it could be as simple as that. However, it could be a sign of a more extensive infestation occurring beyond plain sight.
Why is getting rid of ants important, anyway? Ant removal is vital not only for your comfort but for the appeal of your home or business. These pests are a bother and can lead to damage in your property’s reputation, as it may look unsanitary and unkempt.
While carpenter ants may seem less harmful than red fire ants, they can still harm your property as their tunneling can damage your structure. Red imported fire ants sting and can cause health threats, so it is crucial to call a professional for the safety of you and your loved ones. Pestman extermination experts understand the importance of ant removal and the risks of an ant infestation, and that’s why we make it a priority to eliminate this problem as soon as possible. Our experts can find specific solutions to your situation and quickly resolve the issue before further damage takes place.
Signs of Ant Infestation
Live Ants- If you see a large number of live ants in your home, then a problem may be at hand. If you find them in your kitchen or other areas where you prepare food, then something will need to be done to prevent them from entering that area so that your food is not contaminated.
Ant Tunnels- Ant tunnels or pathways, seen in and out of your home or property are another sure sign of ant activity. Some ant species will lay down a pheromone trail to a food source. This chemical guides other ants to find the food, attracting more ants to your home.
Ant Nests- Most people are familiar with ant nests outside their homes, as they look like a small pile of soil or dirt with worker ants entering and exiting the hole. However, some ant species prefer to make their homes in walls or other dark, quiet places, making them more difficult to spot.
Common Reasons for Ants in Your Home
Discovering ants in your home is never fun; however, you can prevent this from happening. Ants could be in your home for a multitude of reasons: lack of proper cleaning, your foundation has cracks, vegetation surrounding your home, or other reasons. We understand that there can be several reasons why or how ants can enter a home, and that’s why we consider multiple solutions for an ant infestation and how to exterminate accordingly. Our trained professionals can help determine your specific problem and the proper extermination process for any infestation.
Black Ant Infestation
Several species of ants are black in color, making it difficult to determine which type of ant is infesting your home. Whether it’s a Camponotus pennsylvanicus, a species of carpenter ant in the eastern U.S. or a Monomorium minimum, small worker ants measuring about 1/16 inches long, black ants must be properly identified for the best extermination method for that species. Having a pest control specialist is the best way to determine which species has infested your home and take the proper action to get rid of them.
Regardless of which black ant species has taken a liking to your home, we can identify the ideal treatment method to exterminate these pests and have your home back to an ant-free state.
Ants belong to the insect order Hymenoptera. They are close relatives of bees and wasps.
Each colony can hold up to half a million ants.
Worker ants can live for up to seven years, while a queen can live for up to 15 years.
Ants swarm once every year. The young queens fly away and set up new colonies. If you hear people talking about flying ants, this may be the swarm they are referring to, or they could be termite alates (winged reproductives).