What do ants look like and why are they concerning?
With more than 10,000 known species in the world, ants are among the most unique insects that exist. They are skinny with a narrow connection between their abdomen and thorax. They have chewing mouthparts and antennae that are bent in the middle.
Depending on their type, they can be black, brown, red, or yellowish. Most species of ants grow to be between 5 and 15 mm long. All ants will belong to one of three colony castes- queens, workers, and males. Queens are responsible for laying all of the eggs in a colony. Males have wings and are only responsible for mating with the queens. Workers are wingless females who do not reproduce but are responsible for gathering food, maintaining the nest, and defending the colony. Workers are usually the type that are spotted around homes and businesses. Most commonly, a home or business owner will come across Odorous House Ants, Carpenter Ants, and Pavement Ants. Other common species in the United States include Fire Ants and Pharaon Ants. An ant infestation can cause significant problems in homes and buildings. Damage caused by ants can range from food infestation to nest building.
Where do ants live?
Ants, being social insects, live in colonies. Outside, they may build their nests underground, in trees and stumps, or beneath foundations. Inside, ants can build their nests in many places. Some such places include inside walls and cabinet voids or behind moldings and baseboards.
Kitchens and bathrooms tend to be especially susceptible to ant infestations, as they provide water, places to nest, and, in the case of kitchens, food.
Why do I have an ant problem?
Ants are attracted to potential food sources which may come in the forms of crumbs, food residue, dirty dishes that are left out, or trash that is not often emptied. Ants can enter your homes and buildings through the tiniest of cracks, such as those in foundations and around windows and doors.
They leave behind an innate scent which contains pheromones so their companions can follow the trail to food and begin to set up their colony.
When are ants active?
Generally, ants are most active during warmer seasons. This is especially true during the summer because they need to gather enough food to make it through the winter. The hotter and drier the weather is, the more inclined ants are to search your home or business for food and water.
What’s the best way to prevent an ant infestation?
In order to prevent ants from entering your home or business, it is important to seal off any possible entrances. This means fixing cracks in the foundation and sealing any gaps around doors and windows. Clean up any spills or food residue, and keep all food in sealed containers.
Most do-it-yourself techniques or professional approaches only kill the ants that you can visibly see. Using substances to get rid of the ants will cause them to scatter and create more problems. To be effective, a treatment must penetrate and destroy the unseen nest, which could be setup within your walls or the foundation of the structure. At EXCEL Termite and Pest Control, our experts work closely with you to determine the scope of an ant infestation. We know what you need for all forms of ant control and ant extermination. Our trained professionals will help you every step of the way, from pre-treatment preparation to follow-up.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What types of ants do you commonly encounter in the area?
Twin Boro Termite & Pest Control is well-equipped to handle any ant infestation in the New Jersey area. We commonly encounter a variety of ant species, including House Ants, Pavement Ants and Carpenter Ants. Carpenter ants, in particular, can be a concern as they can cause damage to wood structures. We are able to effectively identify the type of ant infestation and provide tailored solutions to remove these pests from your property. Whether it's a residential or commercial setting, Twin Boro's ant control services can bring relief and ensure a pest-free environment for you and your family or business.
Are ants harmful to humans or pets?
Ants are generally not harmful to humans or pets in terms of transmitting diseases or causing health issues. However, some ant species, like the Carpenter Ants, can be destructive to property by causing damage to wood structures. It is important to note that if some species of ants feel disturbed or threatened, they may bite or sting, resulting in minor discomfort for humans and pets. While most ant species are not directly harmful, it's essential to address ant infestations promptly to prevent potential property damage.
How can I differentiate between various ant species in my home?
Differentiating between various ant species in your home can be challenging to do on your own. Our pest control team can help you with this task. Our experienced professionals can accurately identify the ant species infesting your property, which is crucial for implementing an effective pest removal strategy. By seeking professional assistance from Twin Boro, you can be confident that your home will receive the right treatment to address the ant problem efficiently and ensure a pest-free environment.
Can you provide long-term solutions for recurring ant problems?
Yes, at Twin Boro Termite & Pest Control, we provide long-term solutions for recurring ant problems. Our experienced team understands that some ant infestations may persist or recur over time. To address this, we don't just treat the immediate ant problem but also focus on implementing effective preventive measures to minimize future infestations. By identifying and addressing the root causes of ant attraction and entry into your property, we can create a comprehensive and tailored ant control plan. This long-term approach helps ensure that your home remains ant-free for an extended period, providing you with peace of mind and a pest-free environment.
How do I prevent ants from coming back after treatment?
To prevent ants from returning after treatment, take proactive steps to make your property less appealing to these pests. Keep your home clean and tidy, promptly clean up spills and crumbs, and store food in airtight containers. Seal any cracks or gaps in windows, doors, and foundations to block ant entry. Trim vegetation away from your home to eliminate potential ant pathways. At Twin Boro, our team can assess your property, implement preventive measures, and offer ongoing support to ensure long-term ant control and maintain a pest-free environment.
What should I do if I find ant nests in my yard?
If you find ant nests in your yard, it's essential to take prompt action to prevent further infestations and potential damage. Make sure to not disturb the nest as this will prevent ants from scattering and creating new colonies. And then contact the professionals. Reach out to Twin Boro Termite & Pest Control for expert assistance. Our professionals can accurately identify the ant species and the extent of the infestation. With our expertise, we will develop a customized plan to safely and effectively remove the ant nests from your yard. Twin Boro's experienced team will address the root causes of the infestation and implement preventive measures to ensure long-term ant control.