Ant Pest Control Services
Ants are one of the most common pest infestations throughout the nation. If you’re a property owner, chances are you’ve had to deal with ant problems in the past.
Ant problems can be never-ending, which is why it’s important to use a professional ant exterminator such as Loyal Termite & Pest Control.
The Importance of Ant Extermination
Signs You Need Ant Removal
- If you see groups of ants in your property, you likely have a colony already. Ant colonies can be huge, ranging in the thousands or hundreds of thousands.
- Ant trails look like small dark stains on the ground or floor that lead away from your home or another food source. This is a major sign of an infestation.
- If anthills have formed around your property, you have an ant problem that needs to be controlled by an ant exterminator.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Ants
Every species of ant is able to either bite or sting, but to varying degrees of pain and severity. Most types of ants that we find in our homes here in Virginia, like sugar ants and odorous house ants, have a very weak bite and will rarely even resort to defensive measures. However, fire ants and harvester ants deliver very painful stings that could result in allergic reactions.
Ants are omnivores and are not picky about what they’ll eat. Depending on the species, ants will be attracted to sugary, sweet foods, proteins, and greasy surfaces. However, they will take advantage of any food that has been left unsealed or spilled. Ants also need water to survive, so any excess moisture in kitchens and bathrooms can provide them with a consistent water source.
Ants most often live outside in underground nests. When seeking food, water, and shelter, ants can enter homes any tiny gaps that they find in the walls or foundation, drains, cables, and open doors. Ants also sneak in underneath garage and exterior doors, through gaps in windows, and any tears in screens on windows and doors. When scout ants find a food source in your home, they will emit a signal to their colony to follow them, so it’s important to take preventative measures before they make a home out of your house.
Flying ants usually show up inside your house during their mating season. These winged ants are called “reproductives,” and when a colony is trying to expand, these ants come out in full force. They are often confused with termites, but you can tell them apart by their thinner waists and shorter wings. If you find flying ants in your home during the winter, it’s a sign that ants are already living within the structure of the building.
While all ants are capable of building their colonies outside, Argentine ants, carpenter ants, odorous house ants, and pharaoh ants will all make homes in the walls and protective voids in our houses, especially during the winter. Ants will enter homes through cracks and crevices to access food and water when they can’t find enough outdoors. Once inside your walls, ants can chew through and damage electrical wiring, causing a potential fire hazard.
Although ants will not transmit diseases through their bites, they do have the ability to carry and transfer pathogens and disease-producing organisms. Ants carry and spread bacteria, including Salmonella, which can pose serious health risks. Since ants prefer to infest bathrooms, kitchens, and other moist areas, they pick up germs around toilets and sinks, eventually transferring them to utensils and countertops.
If you spot a trail of ants in your home, follow the trail to try to find their point of entry. Entry points can include baseboards along walls, cabinets, plumbing fixtures, and doors. Seal entry points with a silicone-based caulk and spray undiluted vinegar along the trail. Make sure that your drainage systems are all intact and eliminate accessible food sources by sealing food and cleaning your kitchen regularly.
To keep ants out of your home, inspect the exterior for any gaps that ants could be coming through. Apply weatherstripping on your doors and windows and install door sweeps to block off that potential entry point. Reduce excess moisture or standing water and repair any leaks. Sanitize your bathroom and kitchen regularly, and keep all food sealed and put away.
Our Ant Removal Process
Effective ant removal is tougher than you think. Loyal’s ant control process includes the following steps:
- A thorough property inspection to identify the source of the ant infestation as well as the species of ant
- Placement or application of ant control products and insecticides
- Sealing entry points and controlling sources of the ant infestation
- Creating a detailed ant removal report describing the treatment
- Providing ant control and prevention tips to avoid future infestations
Ant Extermination You Can Trust
Without the help of a professional ant extermination, getting rid of ants can be very difficult. At-home or DIY ant control will simply not work. With more than 50 years of ant pest control experience, the team at Loyal Termite & Pest Control can be trusted to use the industry’s best ant removal methods.
When it comes to effective ant control for your home or business, it’s crucial to call the ant exterminators at Loyal.
Ant Exterminators, Control & Removal in Virginia
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