Pest control service
Signs of Infestation
The presence of foraging workers or reproductive swarmers flying around or inside is a strong indicator of a pavement ant infestation, especially during colder months. Small piles of soil particles that look like sand also indicate the existence of a pavement ant colony, as the insects push dirt and debris out the entrance of the nest as they construct or expand the underground colony. The piles are commonly found straddling cracks in the floor/foundation or driveway/sidewalk.
Because pavement ants often live beneath the foundation of a house, homeowners need to make sure that all external cracks and other small openings are tightly sealed. Residents should also keep potential nesting sites, like piles of leaves and wood, safely away from the house. Kitchen areas within the home should remain free of crumbs, grease, and standing water. Homeowners also need to store food items in sealed canisters, rinse out food and beverage containers before throwing them away, and take the trash out on a regular basis. If an infestation problem arises, contact a pest control specialist with the ability to identify the ant species and implement an effective course of action.
Benefits of Professional Ant Pest Control/How to Get Rid of Ants
Exclusionary measures are the best treatment for ants whose nests are located outdoors. Sealing all cracks and crevices with caulk will eliminate the entrances used by foragers, keeping them outside. A vigorous application of rubbing alcohol will also remove any remnants of the ant's pheromone trails, and further foraging can be discouraged by promptly storing or disposing of greasy and sweet foods.
Nests that are either inside the home or in other problematic locations can be treated using baiting systems. These pesticides should be used with care, away from children and pets; they deliver a slow acting poison to foraging ants, which when returned to the nest, spreads throughout the colony and will eventually exterminate all ants.
A pest management professional has the education, equipment and skills necessary to effectively address a ant problem. Finding and treating the ant colony can be challenging, especially if the main colony is hidden somewhere outside in the lawn. A pest management professional provides their expertise to identify and determine the best possible solution to resolve the ant infestation.