Ants play an important role in the environment but they are considered pests when they invade the house. Ants enter the house in search for water, food and shelter. Ants are one of the most common and frequent insects inside the house.
There are various type of species of ants that enter your home. Each type of ants have different characteristics and may require different approach in controlling them. The most common house ants that invade the homes in Southern California are Argentine ants but we also see carpenter ants, pavement ants, acrobat ants, and fire ants just to name a few. To identify what type of ants you have in your home, snap a picture of them up close and let Admiral Pest Control identify them for you at no charge. You can do this by texting a photo to us @ 562-925-8308.
It is very frustrating to control ants in the home. You should distinguish the type of ants in your home before attempting to get rid of them. You must also be aware of when to seek professional help in dealing with your ant problems. For example, Fire Ants should always be handled by a professional since they can be dangerous and difficult to control.
Ants are social insects. A group of ants is called colony. One colony may have hundreds to million members depending on the species. Each colony has different ant personalities with different roles and responsibilities. Each colony has a queen that lay eggs. Other members are the “worker ants” that work to get food for the group. In searching for food, they follow a certain trail that they follow to and from their “home”. Winged ants are call “swarmers”, they are the one responsible to mate to be able to create a new colony. When a swarmer goes out of the nest, it means that there are eggs inside the nest. Ant swarmers look the similar to termite swarmers. The easiest way to tell them apart is ant swarmers have a pinches west and 3 section body whereas termite swarmers have a thick waist and a 2 segment body. The wings of ants are different in sizes – front wings are bigger than the hind wings while in termites, all wings have the same size. Also, ants’ antennae are bent while it is straight on termites, but this can be hard to tell without the use of a magnifying glass.
It is not effective to just only spray pesticide on the visible ants that are marching on your wall or kitchen surfaces. Ants’ nests are usually found behind walls and doors, furniture, appliances, in trees, shrubs, or most commonly in the ground. It is usually hard to find their nests because their nests are hidden. Installing baits can help eliminate them and find their nests. One advantage of using baits is that ants may bring the bait in their nests causing harm to ants that are in the nests including the queens and workers. There are readily available ant baits that are sold in the market, hardware or grocery stores. Put the baits where the ants go. If their trail is visible, it is best to put the bait near the trail. Do not spray pesticides near the bait because ants may smell it and will avoid going to the bait. Likewise, if the ants are already eating the baits, avoid spraying them too so that they will eat the bait and bring some in their nests which may also destroy other ants. Spraying pesticides on ants outside can often cause them to come indoors.
Other well-known methods of eliminating the ants in your home is by using cinnamons, catnips, dish washing soap, vinegar, black pepper, bay leaves, chalk, whole cloves, and mint leaves. If you are not familiar of these, try to research them on the net and see how they work.
If you are looking for affordable, safe, and effective ant control look no further than Admiral Pest Control. We offer one-shots and on going services to accommodate your specific needs. Call or Text us @ 562-925-8308 for more information!