There are more than 700 ant species found in the U.S., although only about 25 species commonly infest homes. Ants are social insects that typically live in underground colonies, made up of workers and a queen. They will eat practically any kind of food, but are especially attracted to sweets. Ant identification is relatively simple due to their three distinct body regions: head, thorax and abdomen, as well as antennae. Despite similar construction, ants vary in overall appearance. Small or large ants and brown or black ants are common nicknames for different species.
If you do find signs of an ant infestation in your home, contact a pest professional, like James Pest Management, promptly. We be able to inspect your home, perform proper ant species identification, and recommend a course of ant control and extermination.
With more than 700 species in the United States, ant identification can be quite a challenge. Start by looking for trails. Ants very rarely travel alone and are usually spotted when they’re hunting as a colony along paths that have been well established. When you’ve found a trail, look at the sizes of the ants. Are they identical or do they vary in size? Also observe when they are active—during the day or at night? Look for nests at the end of trails—especially in areas with soil. Soil nests have distinct shapes or patterns depending on the ant species.
Poor sanitation is the primary cause of ant infestations. Leaving dirty dishes in the sink, food residue on countertops, crumbs on the floor and trash not frequently emptied provide food sources for meal-seeking ants. What starts with a few foragers entering a home can become a major problem if ants establish colonies in walls, lawns, or under home foundations.
Our technicians are trained to help manage ants and similar pests. Since every building or home is different, your James Pest technician will design a unique program for your situation.
Keeping ants out of homes and buildings is an ongoing process, not a one-time treatment. James Pest Management’s integrated pest management solution is a cycle of three critical steps — Assessment, Treatment and Maintenance.
James Pest Management can provide the right solution to keep ants in their place…out of your home, or business.
Cost will vary due to the species of ants and, consequently, the control measures needed. Determining an ant control program based on your specific situation has a direct cost factor. The cost is generally based on the amount of area involved. An ant control program can vary from $40 up.
Common measures used to eradicate ant species from homes are insecticides, glue traps, and baits. The best form of ant control will depend on the species and the situation. Call us to learn more on how these application can be used in your home.
First and foremost, we never want to get rid of ants in our environment. They are too important to our ecosystem. They become a pest when they invade our homes. At that point, contact a pest professional to eradicate them from your home.
Exterminators first will identify the ant species causing the infestation. Based on that information, they will located the entry points and apply the appropriate insecticide to the area.