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Ants

People have good reasons for relying on pest management professionals. Perhaps they’ve tried — and failed — to deal with an ant infestation on their own, or they’re simply overwhelmed by the scope of the problem. For professionals, the job of controlling structure-infesting ants is a five-step process:
 

Steps to Successful Ant Elimination

1. Inspection.
The first step is a thorough inspection to locate foraging trails, ant colonies and conditions conducive to ant infestations.
Remember, more
than one species may be found in and around a structure. When inspecting for foraging workers, pay close attention to “lines” w
here ants like to travel,
such as expansion cracks in driveways and sidewalks and along foundation walls, fence lines, etc.

2. Identification.

The ant species’ peculiar habits and biology will help you find where the colony or colonies are located and develop the most
cost-effective control strategies. If unsure, collect specimens for positive identification.

3. Recommendation.

Present the customer with an integrated pest management (IPM) program that addresses the current problem and identifies
conditions that may contribute to the infestation. Correcting these conditions helps prevent future infestations.

4. Treatment.

In most cases, effective control includes a pesticide application in combination with nonchemical control procedures that elimi
nate conditions
conducive to ant infestations, such as exclusion, trimming vegetation away from the structure, eliminating moisture problems, r
emoving dead wood, etc.

5. Evaluation.

The key to long-term customer satisfaction is to follow up and assess the effectiveness of your service measures.
 

You have probably warned your children countless times about how spills and food scraps can attract ants, but the tricky part is getting them to listen. Ant treatment is a popular reason for homeowners to call for residential pest control. Ants are often mistaken for termites, so it is helpful to learn about ant habits and what their nests look like in order to identify them properly when calling your exterminator. Keep reading for a few tips on identifying an ant infestation. 

Locating an Ant Nest 

Finding an ant nest typically signifies a real problem. If you suspect that you have an infestation brewing in your home or on your property, it helps to know what to look for. Fortunately there are a few giveaway signs as well as steps that you can take to find them. Carpenter ants tend to create their nests within wood. Although moist wood tends to be a prime target, they will also nest in dry wood. Keep an eye on any hollow and potentially moist spaces like behind your water-based appliances, and listen for rustling while tapping wooden walls.

Characteristic Habits of Ants 

Each different type of ant plays a specific role within its colony. Ants with wings, whether male or female, will spread the colony by mating in other areas. Male winged ants die after mating, while females lay eggs and shed their wings, keeping them close to the new colony. The females, or queens, are then responsible for raising the larvae; once the larvae hatch and grow into pupae, then it is their jobs to raise the young. Female workers leave the colonies to find sources of food and are often the ones spotted in homes.

Mistaking Ants for Termites 

It is important to be able to tell the difference between ants and termites, and you can do this easily by assessing their physical characteristics. While termites tend to appear more straight and narrow with straight antennae and neatly overlapping wings, ants have thin waists and curved antennae.

Are you having problems with ants?

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