Ants are extremely easy to spot because they travel in groups. Homeowners will usually spot a trail of ants, dead ants, or even an anthill. Exterminators at Rid-A-Bug suggest the best way to stop an ant infestation is to find their source of entry and what they are after. Ants want to be inside you because they’re looking for food, water, and retreating from the elements outside.
Don’t worry, an ant infestation is not an unusual problem. In fact, ants are completely harmless, but they don’t make pleasant house guests. There are many ways homeowners can deal with an ant problem; however, their treatments are often unsuccessful. Methods like do-it-yourself approaches and home remedies aren’t effective as hiring a professional. Exterminators have years of experience, appropriate equipment, and tactical treatment plans. Luckily, Rid-A-Bug is here to share three things an exterminator does to eliminate an ant infestation.
1. Identify the Source and Species of Ants Involved
The first thing an exterminator does to successfully eliminate a homeowner’s pest problem is to identify the cause and source of the infestation. Ant problems derive from crawling through open cracks in windows, open food containers, neglected crumbs or spills, and moisture areas.
Ants walk in a single-file line when scouting for resources and will leave a trail for other ants to follow. There are over 12,000 known species of ants, but the most commonly found in homes are:
- Carpenter Ants
- House Ants
- Pavement Ants
- Black Ants
- Fire Ants
- Moisture Ants
When the exterminator has identified the cause, source, and species of ants, they can determine the appropriate type of insect treatment to get rid of the ants. A quick tip: if you see a marching line of ants, wipe the trail from start to finish using a cleaning solution of bleach and water. The bleach’s strong scent will ward off the ant’s desire to find resources. Check your windows and doorways for any gaps that could potentially be an entry point for ants. Seal any cracks you spot, store food in tight-lid containers, and keep your house clean. Don’t use bait for ants because it can inadvertently attract new colonies.
2. Evaluate the Type of Ant Infestation
The next step exterminator’s take is to gather information about their clients to develop a treatment plan. Normally ant treatment products may affect pets, children, and adults. The concerns and information about the client must be addressed before any treatment is administered. The exterminator’s job is to prevent problems with poisons and other harmful treatments before implementing actions. These thorough inspections help to ensure the company does a great job of eliminating pests while keeping their clients safe.
3. Elimination With Appropriate Treatment
Once the exterminator has identified, evaluated, and gathered information about the ant infestation, the next step is to prepare for treatment. Many common insecticides are poisonous when ingested by animals and humans; therefore, exterminators will recommend a safer method of ant treatment that will be effective in killing a large number of ants. The exterminator will track down the source and find the large colony of ants. Finally, the exterminator will treat the area and kill the ants that will offer immediate relief in taking care of the pesky problem.
Professional Ant Extermination in the Carolinas and Virginia
If you encounter a pest control problem, rather than trying to handle the infestation yourself, hire Rid-A-Bug to take care of those pesky problems. Our exterminators know how to quickly get rid of ants and effectively keep them away from your home. The benefit to hiring Rid-A-Bug is that our team is professionally trained to identify, locate the source of the infestation, and eliminate the pests.
With over 45 years of experience, we offer fast, dependable, and effective pest management. If you are a North Carolina or Virginia resident and suspect pest infestation, contact us today.