Quick Ant Control Links
- 5 things you should know about ants
- Carpenter ant treatment options
- Odorous house ant treatment options
- Prep Sheets
Links to specific ants, and identification, and other info below
Ant Control Basics Outlined Below:
- Knowing your enemy
- Understanding you ant control options
- Planning your attack
- Eliminating all the ants
- Protecting your home in the future
Knowing your enemy
There are dozens of different kinds ants that can show up in a home. The type of ant control that needs to be done, the cost of the treatment, and any recommendations to keep the ants away are going to change, depending on the ants you have. Tiny and black? Could be an Odorous House ant. It could also be a type of Carpenter ant, or an Argentine ant – different kinds of ants that need very different types of ant control. Check out our link to ant identification.
Understanding your ant control options
Ants are predators, they eat other insects and aphid secretions. Of those ants that will feed on baits, as little as 1% of a nest will ever show up on the inside. So you used a bait had killed hundreds – what about the tens of thousands that never fed? The ones you never saw. The ones still deep inside your structure?
The exterior must *always be sprayed to kill the ants as they go outside to get to their preferred foods. From there it depends on your type of ant, how badly your home and neighborhood are infested, how fast you want to get rid of them, and the types of pesticides you choose to have us use. Ant control options for two common ants are linked at the top. Dusting, baiting, spraying, and drilling and injecting – all good options for ant control – it just depends on which ant we’re controlling.
Planning your attack
Planning your own attack? After you’ve identified your ant, read up on our ant control info for that ant. Each link includes our professional ant control strategies. Prepare for your ant control options well in advance. Download and follow our prep sheets for your own use – you’ll have much better chances of success. More tips? Thatching ant control: Spray the ground out two feet or more from the mound before you start tearing it apart, spray your pant legs with Off, and do wear pant legs – tucked inside your socks. Moisture ant control: You’re going to need to decide if you need treatments before or after you address the moisture issues. (A consultation about moisture and rot control is worth every penny). Carpenter ants or Odorous House ants? Get ready to be patient – it’s going to take a lot of work to perform your own ant control for these guys.
If you decide to have us control ants for you, we’re going to send you links to hose prep sheets and ask that you read and follow them – well before we get there, and if we will be spraying or dusting inside your home we’re going to ask you to leave for a few hours.
Why? Legalities and liabilities. Most chemicals, including regular household strength white vinegar, come with Safety Data Sheets that say things like you need to be wearing Personal Protective Equipment to apply this material and do not apply to areas where people are present, and we have to follow those instructions. Please note that in almost 30 years we have never had a single complaint from a customer following this protocol, no complaints about the chemicals used and complaints about their home or belongings. We are fully licensed, insured, bonded, and every employee undergoes extensive pre-screening and background checks.
Eliminating all the ants
Many ant control efforts fail. These are the most common mistakes that prevent ant control.
Underestimating the scope of the ant problem and only using an control product that kills a tiny fraction of the ants or one that chases the ants away for a little while. Discontinuing ant control efforts as soon as the ant activity falls below the visibility threshold. Ignoring the exterior which is where ants come from and where ants go to get 99% or more of their food. Failure to follow ant prevention recommendations. Failure to prevent re-infestation.
Some ants are fairly easy to get rid of thatching ants are easy and only require one treatment. Moisture ants and Carpenter ants are harder to control and make take more treatments and maybe even preventative ongoing maintenance to fully control.
Protecting your home in the future
Protecting your home from future moisture ant problems is simple – keep your home free of excess moisture – is incredibly hard. A full list of things to help with that is found on our ant prevention page.
Prevention protocols may help against carpenter ants and odorous house ants, but you should at least consider an ant control program. Why?
Ants live a long time. Worker ants can live a decade, a queen carpenter ant has lived 30 years in a research facility in Eastern Washington, so they can out live any pesticide you can apply. Both of these species have related exterior nests that are connected by scent trails that the ants follow back to previous nest sites. Finally, there is something about your house that is attractive to them, proximity to other nests, availability of nearby food sources, amount of moisture nearby, or even population pressure if your home is preferable to other nearby sites and they need nesting space.
More about ant control:
*exterior sprays may not be necessary for pharaoh ants. Which are so small you can hardly seem them. Which you don’t have. Unless you do – call us 🙂