Ants are one of the most common household invaders anywhere, but they seemingly appear out of nowhere overnight. So where do they come from? Unsanitary conditions are the most common cause of ant infestations. Dirty dishes in the sink, food crumbs or leftovers on countertops, crumbs on the floor, and overflowing trash cans provide easy food sources for hungry ants. What begins as a few foraging ants looking for food can turn into a major problem if they establish colonies.
How Serious is an Ant Problem?
One of the biggest issues related to ants is food contamination. Ants carry bacteria that spreads as they crawl across your countertops and in your pantry. Only some ant species are known to transmit disease, but finding any ants in or around your food is unpleasant.
Some species, like the fire or carpenter ant, pose additional problems. Carpenter ants can do extensive damage by chewing through wooden structures, and fire ant stings cause painful bumps and even serious symptoms to those who are allergic.
Ant control can be difficult because of their tiny size, but these characteristics can help clarify why ants can be such a headache:
- Entry: Ants are able to enter through the tiniest cracks or spaces, and are most interested in water or sweet food substances.
- Scent Trails: Ants leave a trail of pheromones wherever they crawl, leaving an invisible trail for other ants to follow right into your home.
- Nest Locations – The tiny pests can build nests nearly anywhere, including on your lawn, inside of walls, and even under foundations.
- Colony Size – Ant colonies can house up to half a million at a time, and can quickly relocate when endangered.
- DIY Methods – Many of the commercially available ant control methods only kill the ants you can physically see. A truly effective approach penetrates and destroys colonies to help prevent them from returning.
Getting Rid of Ants
The technicians at Critter Control® of Reno are trained to manage and remove ant populations along with other similar pests. Because every situation is different, your Critter Control® technician will work with you to create a unique program for your needs.
For more information about ants, ant removal, or to schedule your inspection, call us today at 775-302-2624.