Ants are one of the greatest annoyances to homeowners today. It seems like ants are always a problem, and it is difficult to eliminate their presence in the home. Ants can enter the home through even the tiniest of cracks looking for water or greasy or sweet food on kitchen sinks or in the pantry. An ant colony can be enormous, numbering 300,000 to 500,000 ants. Not only that, but an ant colony can live a fairly long time, with the queen living up to fifteen years and worker ants living up to seven years.
Once ants have located a food source, they leave an invisible scent trail that contains pheromones for the other ants in the colony to follow. An ant nest can be inside or outside your home. Inside your home, an ant nest could be in the walls or under your foundation. Outside the home, an ant nest might be in the lawn, in a stump, or along a sidewalk. An ant infestation is simple to detect as ants are clearly visible when they are walking in a line towards a food source.
The first step in eliminating an ant infestation is to identify what kind of ants are in the home. There are many different kinds of ants such as carpenter ants, Pharoah ants, pavement ants, and Argentine ants just to name a few. Without proper identification, the wrong extermination treatment may be used and would be ineffective in controlling the ant problem.
Our professional exterminators are experts at identifying the type of ant present in your home. Once identified, your exterminator will choose an elimination method best suited to the kind of ant present. Do-it-yourself methods only kill the visible ants, while professional methods used by a professional pest control company can penetrate and destroy an ant nest to prevent the ants from returning in the future. Give Big Apple Pest Control a call today for all of your ant control needs!