It can be a big challenge to control ants, and this depends on the type of ant infestation in your business or home. That’s the reason a professional ant inspection is recommended, allowing you to identify the type of ant colony that’s present at your home or business, and determining the right course of action. At All Seasons Pest Control NC, we have a team of trained professionals, with the needed experience and training to handle your ant invasion problems if you live in Fayetteville and the surrounding areas.
Here is what you should expect from us the moment you choose to engage our services:
- Identify. Our team comprises of qualified technicians, who can act fast and identify the type of ants infesting your home, and this assists in preventing both external and internal damage.
- Inspect. We have a qualified team of experts in pest inspections, who will not leave any corner of your home uninspected.
- Treatment. At All Seasons Pest Control NC, we always keep the preferences of the client in mind while selecting the most effective and safe treatment option for your ant problems. Apart from the regulated pesticides that we use, we also provide green pest control solutions in Fayetteville and the surrounding areas.
- Maintenance. Once we treat your home or business for ants, we will continue monitoring your home to prevent the possibility of ants invading your home again.
Identifying An Ant Infestation
There are different signs of ant infestation, and this depends on the type of ant colony that has invaded your home. However, there are some common signs of an ant problem, which include:
- Ant pathways – these are the trains where ants travel in big numbers. Think of hiking trails for humans, but this time, ants normally lay down an invisible track of pheromones for other ants from the colony to follow. Mostly, ant pathways lead to their food source. It’s easy to spot an ant pathway, as you need to look for a large number of ants traveling in one line, and the same direction.
- Ant nests – ants construct their nests using different materials and the nests that can be spotted easily are made from soil mounds. Even though most of these nets can be seen above the ground, but other ants, like fire ants, tend to create their soil nests beneath the ground. On the other hand, wood nests for carpenter ants are mostly found in moldy or rotting wood. These nests are more challenging to spot since they can be constructed inside your walls.
- Stray wood shavings or debris – there is a common misconception that carpenter ants consume wood as their food. What carpenter ants do is that they burrow through the wood for them to create their nests, thus leaving being wood shavings or sawdust in their paths. Also, these ants will leave behind wood debris when creating nests in tree limbs, logs, home building materials, and stumps.
- Foraging or live worker ants – if you are wondering how you can spot an infestation, here is an easy way—seeing worker ants leaving and entering their nests. Mostly, these ants leave their nest when searching for food. Although you might see fewer ants, that’s not an indication that the colonies are not big. You should note that ant colonies can range between 3,000 – 4,000 ants.
Inspecting Ant Infestation
Our team of Fayetteville pest control technicians will conduct a thorough inspection of your business or home, together with your lawn and landscaping to check for any signs of ant infestation. Every ant inspection process comprises of a prompt arrival of one of our professional, which is followed by a thorough inspection of your premises to check for ants, and search for areas where the ants might be hiding. In addition to that, we’ll check for regular hiding places for problematic ants and then identify the type of ants that are causing you trouble. Fire ants, pavement ants, as well as carpenter ants are some of the common types of ants that cause trouble to homeowners.
Fire ants are small in body and have a red color. Mostly, these ants remain outside not unless when searching for food. Pavement ants, on the other hand, are black and brown, and usually come in different sizes. These ants live outdoors and you will find their nests in pavement cracks. Also, the pavement ants can come into your house when searching for food and can nest in wall or floor cracks. Carpenter ants have a black body, have a body length of up to ½ inch long.
After our technicians complete their inspection, they will give you a detailed report of the issues that they discovered, and this included the type of ants they found, the ants that they suspect are present in your home, as well as the potential risk they pose to your home. After that, our technicians will recommend a suitable treatment option, as well as an ant control method for your situation.
Ant Control and Treatment Procedures
Our treatment and ant control procedures normally vary, and this depends on the type of ant infestation, weather, season, as well as the specific location where you want the treatment applied. Typically, or Fayetteville ant control technicians normally use bait, liquid, or granular products to deal with your ant infestation problems. In addition to that, at All Seasons Pest Control NC, we normally use eco-friendly and green treatment options, and this includes botanical-based baits and sprays. Before starting any treatment or control procedure, our experts will first discuss our different treatment options with you and recommend the most effective one for your infestation problem.
How Regularly Should You Have An Ant Inspection?
We normally recommend an inspection once every year. This inspection is meant to find and identify any form of insect infestation and damage. When you notice possible signs of ant infestation before your schedules ant inspection, consider contacting one of our professionals immediately.
FAQs about an ant infestation, treatment, and control
- What are the most commonly encountered ants?
There are different types of ants. Some of the common types that you should expect to encounter in your home include:
- Argentine ants – these are the most investing ant species, and they are known to displace native ants. They are mostly attracted to moist areas, like under debris, mulch, under piles of refuse, as well as home foundations. Their color ranges from light to dark brown.
- Pharaoh ants – these are tiny light brown or yellow, but almost transparent ants, which are infamous for causing a lot of troubles, particularly in hospitals.
- Carpenter ants – they have a brown, red, or black color. These ants normally nest in wood, mostly dead and damp wood.
- Fire ants – these ants are reddish in color, and they prefer warm and sunny conditions. Their colonies can have several hundred thousand of ants, and one queen. The colonies can spread across different properties, thus making it hard to control the ants.
- Odorous house ants – these ants have a black or dark brown body, with a single node on their petiole-and, it’s hidden by the abdomen. They nest in floor or wall voids when indoors. The ants can invade your home in search of food, particularly meats and sweets.
- What type of ants can cause damage to my home?
Odorous house and argentine ant infestation don’t pose much danger to your home since they are non-aggressive, and only get into food. However, if carpenter ants are left untreated, they can cause serious trouble to your home.
- Are ant traps effective when it comes to dealing with an ant infestation?
Ant traps consist of baits that foraging ants eat, ingest, and then take back to their colony. Since these baits are toxic, it serves as poison to both the ants and their colony once exposed—meaning they can kill most, if not all the colony. Even though ant traps are very effective, they require a lot of time to be effective, which can be frustrating for people searching for immediate results. Moreover, an ant trap might fail to deal with an entire colony. Lastly, ant traps don’t work on all ant species. For instance, a trap that works for fire ants might not work for carpenter ants. Failing to identify the ant species correctly might lead you to purchase the wrong type of trap—and this will not be effective.
- How long does it take for our treatment methods to work?
This varies depending on the type of infestation. However, you should expect to start seeing results within 7 to 10 days. However, it can even take months if the colony is big or the infestation has been going on for months or years.
- Are our treatment methods safe for your kids and pets
Here at All Seasons Pest Control NC, we normally put your family and pets into consideration when coming up with the best pest treatment and control solution. Therefore, you should be assured that our experts will use the safest and most effective treatment method, including baits that target specific pests, or green pest control methods.
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