Ants are some of the most common pests seen around homes and businesses. There are many species of ants with lots of different characteristics. One of the reasons hiring a professional pest management company is so important is that a professional will better be able to identify the particular ant species that is bothering you, and knowing its particular biology and customary habits, will be able to more easily eliminate the infestation.
Ants are social insects which live in family groups called colonies. They communicate through special smells called pheromones, as well as through antenna movements and grooming activities. An ant's diet consists of seeds, nectar, other insects, meats, greases, and sugars, including aphid "honeydew"). During different times of the year and depending on the species, ants may focus on sweets or proteins.
Some ant species are winged, and many a homeowner has confused swarming winged termites with winged ants, or vice versa. Making a mistake on something like this could cost you BIG TIME ($$$)-for example, thinking that some flying insects are only ants, when in fact your home is infested with destructive termites. Count on your pest professional to make a correct diagnosis of what's bugging you!
Ants are very resilient and can pose a remarkably difficult challenge to homeowners. One reason why ants can be so difficult to eliminate is because often the ant nest (or nests, as is often the case!) need to be located and directly treated. Oftentimes these nests are tricky to find, and or can be located in hard-to-reach or even inaccessible void areas such as behind insulation in a crawlspace under the home, or in a wall hollow. A professional pest control technician is familiar with the tricks that ants play, and has a few tricks of his own!
Depending on how your home or business is built, your Expert Pest Control Service Technician may use one or more control techniques including direct treatment of nest(s), perimeter treatments, and or even granular or liquid baits, along with non-chemical control methods such as habitat modification (trimming ivy, shrubs, and bushes around home, and tree limbs that touch the home) and indirect control efforts such as moisture reduction under the home.