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Why Ants Can Be Difficult to Treat
Ants are the most frequent and persistent pests encountered around homes and buildings. Besides being a nuisance, ants contaminate food, build unsightly mounds on the property, and cause structural damage by hollowing out wood for nesting. Also, species such as fire ants inflict painful stings, which can be life-threatening to hypersensitive individuals.
To most homeowners, all ants look pretty much alike. However, dozens of different species occur around homes and buildings, each having unique characteristics that may influence control methods. In Texas, the most common invading ants include pavement ants, carpenter ants, acrobat ants, pharaoh ants, and odorous house ants. In fact, latter species has become a particular nuisance in recent years. Knowing which ants you have often requires the help of an entomologist or knowledgeable pest control professionals. Therefore, collecting a few non-winged worker ants in a plastic bag or vial will help with subsequent identification.
Dealing with ants can be very frustrating because they have an excellent sense of smell and can sense the presence of pesticides. As a result, they simply avoid it until it goes away or moves over a few feet from where you treated. Consequently, spraying the ants you see is no different than stepping on a few in your driveway and thinking you took care of your problem.
Several species of ants in Lubbock and the West Texas area are even difficult for professional pest control companies to control. Specifically, argentine ants, odorous house ants, and harvester ants can be tough to deal with. In most cases, professionals require restricted-use products to gain control. It is vital to identify the type of ants that are causing your problem to know how to get rid of them, and we can set up a program that will be specific to your ant infestation.
Ants are social insects that live together in cooperative, intermingling colonies. The colonies may range in size from hundreds to millions of individuals, depending on the species. Within each colony are different types of ants, each with a specific function. In addition, all ant colonies contain one or more queens, whose primary role is to lay eggs. The eggs hatch into white, grub-like larvae that later transform into adult worker ants. Then, the workers feed and care for the queen and her developing brood by foraging for food and water, often at great distances from the colony. Also, ants lay down invisible odor trails, which the workers follow between food and the nest. In many species, the trail of ants is distinct enough to be followed back to the nesting location or to where the ants are entering from outdoors.
At certain times of the year, ant colonies produce large numbers of winged individuals known as swarmers. These winged ants emerge from the nest to mate and establish new colonies. When a swarm of ants emerges inside a home, it indicates that a nest is present within the structure. Fortunately, the success rate for swarmers establishing new colonies inside buildings is low. Nonetheless, an exodus of winged ants emerging indoors can be disturbing and often mistaken for termites.
THE MOST COMMON Types of ANTS IN THE LUBBOCK / WEST TEXAS AREA ARE:
- ACROBAT ANT
- ARGENTINE ANT
- CARPENTER ANT
- FIRE ANT
- ODOROUS HOUSE ANT
- PAVEMENT ANT
- PHARAOH ANT
- ROVER ANT
WHAT ARE IPM (INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT) STEPS FOR STINGING PEST CONTROL?
Let Meers Pest Solutions identify your problem. Our Safeguard Supreme Bundled Service Programs all include ant coverage.
Contact us for a positive identification. Pictures can be uploaded to assist in identification. One of our senior technicians will identify them and get back with you concerning what type of ant it is and the best course of action to control your ant problem.
BLOCK OFF OR ELIMINATE ACCESS POINTS
Inspect the outside of your home for access points
DON’T DISCOUNT YOUR PETS
Pets can inadvertently invite your ants into your home
ELIMINATE FOOD SOURCES
Keeping your kitchen tidy will help to discourage ants
ELIMINATE WATER SOURCES
Reduce moisture and standing water
KNOW THE POPULAR HANGOUTS
Kitchens are most popular
Ants are better at hiding than you are at finding them, and their eggs are naturally protected from many over-the-counter insecticides. Therefore, without the proper pesticide, special equipment, materials, and know-how, ant control can be a losing battle.
For more than 40 years, we have proudly delivered safe and effective ant control and treatment to the residents of Lubbock and the surrounding West Texas and Eastern New Mexico areas with a Satisfaction Guarantee.
CALL US TO CONTROL YOUR ANT PROBLEM
Don’t waste time and money on ineffective ant management. In order to control an ant problem and keep it from coming back, you need professionals with access to the proper tools and procedures.
Meers Pest Solutions can control all species of ants in almost any situation. Don’t make the mistake of trying to treat an ant problem alone. Our trained, licensed technicians are just a phone call or click away. Give us a call at 806-745-3738 or fill in our Request for Service.
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