ANTS: FACTS, IDENTIFICATION & CONTROL
Our ant control program will get the ants out and keep them out! Here are some helpful facts and tips:
- Entry: Ants can enter through even the tiniest cracks, seeking water and sweet or greasy food substances in the kitchen pantry or storeroom areas.
- Scent trails: Ants leave an invisible chemical trail which contains pheromones for others to follow once they locate the food source.
- Nest locations: They can nest about anywhere in and around your house; in lawns, walls, stumps, even under foundations.
- Colony size: Colonies can number up to 300,000 to 500,000, and whole colonies can uproot and relocate quickly when threatened.
- Colony Lifetime: A colony can live a relatively long lifetime. Worker ants may live seven years, and the queen may live as long as 15 years.
- Do-it-yourself ineffectiveness: Most do-it-yourself ant control approaches kill only the ants you see. Some truly effective treatments can penetrate and destroy nests to help prevent these pests from returning. Also,
home remedies don’t account for the fact that different kinds of ant infestations require different treatments.
- Appearance: Black in color, about one-tenth of an inch long.
- Diet: Just about anything, food, water and especially sweet foods.
- Habits: Colonies are massive usually containing hundreds of thousands. They travel in trails leaving an invisible scent trail so the rest of the colony can follow once food is found. Nesting locations can be found anywhere from trees, especially palm trees to anywhere in and around the house.
Solution: Recommend interior and exterior treatments including a basic interior service and exterior lawn and ornamental treatment.
- Appearance: Red in color about one-fourth of an inch long. Queens can live up to six years while workers live about six months.
- Diet: Prefers sweet or greasy food and has been known to eat meat.
- Habits: Large colonies that nest in mounds from several inches up to fifteen inches or more in diameter. Mounds can reach up to twelve inches high. Very aggressive and will bite and sting.
Solution: Exterior lawn service and granulating.
- Appearance: Most common species in South Florida is the red carpenter ant. Approximately one-fourth to three-eights of an inch long. Worker ants have large mandibles
- Diet: Will feed on some insects. Likes foods that are sweet and some meats.
- Habits: Likes to nest in dead trees & stumps and under various things as stones and woodpiles. Colonies can contain up to several thousand workers and can be difficult to control.
Solution: Basic interior service, attic dusting and exterior lawn and ornamental treatments.
ANT FACTS & TIPS FOR HOMEOWNERS
- Keep food in air-tight containers instead of opened bags & boxes. Keep pantry and cupboards clean.
- Empty garbage cans from the house on a regular basis, especially if kept under the kitchen sink.
- Take care of moisture problems in & around the house.
- Remove any wood piles, dead trees or stumps from your yard. This only attracts & invites ants to set up living arrangements.
- Keep trees & bushes trimmed away from the house.
- Check plants that ants are attracted to such as bird of paradise and plants that have sap before bring them inside the house.
- Caulk around the outside of windows frames, door frames and water pipes. Ants especially prefer these entry points.