What Is An Ant?
Pavement ants are tiny, brown to black ants that range in size from 1/20 inch long to 1/2 an inch long. They have an unevenly-shaped thorax and two nodes, or bumps, between the thorax and the abdomen. These very social insects typically reside underground and are considered one of the most common household pests in our area.
Why Do I Have Them?
Ants are active in homes and other buildings during the winter months. Normally, they are found in slab-on-grade dwellings, such as town homes, or in the basement of houses. This is because they are soil dwellers and survive the winter beneath the concrete slabs of heated buildings. They may be seen in winter, foraging for sweets, fats and proteins. Ants have a wide variety of nesting habits and food preferences. Some ants build nests in soil, producing characteristic mounds while others nest in homes behind moldings, baseboards, counter tops and similar places.
Are They Dangerous?
Most ants are primarily a nuisance and cause little damage. Although there are no diseases associated with ants, they may infest food and can weaken wood in structures.
How Do I Get Rid Of Ants?
Getting rid of ants can be a difficult task as they are elusive creatures and their numbers are large. If the nest is not destroyed, the ants will keep coming back. Contacting Plunkett’s Pest Control is the most effective way to ensure your property is kept free of ants.
Can I Do It Myself?
Do-it-yourself ant treatments and products are not usually effective and may only eradicate foraging ants and not the entire nest. They may contain pesticides that can be harmful to people and pets if they are misused or mixed improperly.
How Soon Can You Get Here?
At Plunkett’s Pest Control, our goal is to help you in the shortest time possible, causing you the least inconvenience while eliminating your ant problems in the most cost effective manner. We make every effort to be with you the same or very next day.
How Can I Prevent This In The Future?
Trying to discourage ants from invading the home can be frustrating. Proper food storage and waste management will reduce the food that often attracts worker ants indoors. Clean all kitchen surfaces, vacuum daily and rinse recyclable containers before storage. If ants have infested your property call Plunkett’s Pest Control as soon as you spot them to prevent a larger ant problem.