Your Questions Answered
Q: What causes an ant infestation?
A: Perhaps more than anything else, a messy home is the most common cause of an ant infestation. Food and sticky spots on counter tops, dirty floors, and an uncovered trash can can all lead to an ant invasion. A few initial ants will scout out the premises, note the presence of available food sources, and then return to the colony with word. Before you know it, you could have a kitchen full of ants.
Q: What’s the best way to get rid of the ants in my kitchen?
A: Ants show up in a number of different places in the kitchen. Sometimes you’ll encounter them around the sink. In other cases, ants will appear in cupboards or crawling across counter tops. Unfortunately, there’s no single strategy that’s guaranteed to get rid of ants once they appear in your kitchen. Ant baits can be effective for certain species, while other types of ants will ignore the bait altogether. Contacting a professional here at Home Pest Control is the best way to address an ant invasion.
Q: Are ants a serious problem?
A: In some cases, an ant invasion is just a nuisance. No one likes opening their cabinet to find a line of ants marching to and from a box of cereal or bag of sugar. Occasionally, though, ants can pose a more serious threat. Certain species are known to carry bacteria on their bodies, and these bacteria can potentially contaminate the food that the ants come into contact with.
Carpenter ants can cause structural damage to your home, much in the same way that termites would. Meanwhile, the bite of a fire ant can result in an intensely painful reaction, including a potentially life threatening allergic reaction in sensitive individuals.
Q: What’s the best way to get rid of carpenter ants?
A: Like termites, carpenter ants will chew through the wooden structure of your home. They can cause thousands of dollars of structural damage if left unchecked, making it essential that you deal with a carpenter ant infestation as soon as you’ve identified it.
Unfortunately, carpenter ants can be difficult to treat on your own. The colony you encounter in or around your home may be just a “satellite” colony. Eliminating the ants involves intervening at the level of the parent colony, which can be difficult to locate. A Home Pest Control professional will known the proper course of action to take.
Q: How can I eliminate fire ants?
A: Treating fire ants in and around your property can be challenging. Even if you manage to eliminate fire ants in your yard or near your home, it’s possible for them to reinvade from a neighboring yard or adjoining property. Additionally, attempting to treat a fire ant problem on your own is potentially quite dangerous. Fire ant bites are serious and can lead to significant allergic reactions in some individuals. When it comes to fire ants, we recommend contacting Home Pest Control for assistance.