We are your local moisture ant control experts.
We control moisture ants using materials that are pet and people friendly – with no odors or fumes!
On this page:
- How we control moisture ants
- Moisture ant info
- Moisture ant identification
- Notes on moisture / carpenter ants
- How you can help us get rid of moisture ants
How we control moisture ants
Safeguard’s enhanced moisture ant control service starts with a comprehensive inspection of your home. We look for things which might cause excessive moisture conditions for your home. We look at the exterior of your home, the sub area, the interior, and in some cases your attic and roof. We want to find all areas of activity if we can.
We apply professional grade non-repellent control materials that are designed to be both safe and effective, to the perimeter of your home, in areas we noted ants, in areas that can eliminate them as they try to access preferred food sources, and in areas that will protect your home without harming children, pets, birds, bees, or other non-target wildlife.
Based on your type of construction, and the areas you are seeing activity, we may use an all natural control material that is closely related to boric acid in either a dust or a liquid form. This material is super mild, has no fume or vapor, and helps kill fungus which is often present when there are moisture ant problems.
We do not use baits for moisture ant control – as they are not effective.
Depending on your level of ant activity we may dust or spray inside the walls near areas of heavy activity – with your permission and approval.
We do not recommend treatment of the inside living area for these ants.
Customers with moisture ant problems will need to do something to alleviate the moisture which made it possible for these ants to nest. We will do our best to tell you what is causing the moisture and what should be done to remedy it. These ants are unlikely to re-infest – if the moisture problem can be fully resolved.
We have preparation sheets for inside ant treatments and for exterior perimeter sprays to help you get rid of moisture ants and get the most out of our services.
Moisture ant info
Moisture ants can and do cause damage to structures. How much damage will vary depending on the size of the nest and how long they’ve been there.
The moisture which allows them to nest in an area is conducive to wood rot – which typically does more damage than the ants.
Moisture ants are usually in a home for five to ten years or more, before a customer knows they have an infestation.
A home may have more than one nest. Improper or incomplete resolution of the underlying moisture issue is the main reason these ants could re-infest.
In nature these ants eat other insects and insect secretions. Aphids make a sticky ‘sap’ when they eat the leaves of bushes and trees. This ‘sap’ is an insect super food, highly valued by ants and wasps – it is almost pure sugar. This is by far their favorite food source. Even if you see hundreds of ants in your home, understand it is a tiny fraction of the number of ants in your nest, and that the rest of the ants are getting their preferred food, somewhere outside.
Moisture ants can and will feed on the aphids and other insects which attack the root systems of trees, bushes and ground cover. Because of this and their habit of trailing and nesting underground, exterior sprays of ground surfaces for other ants and insects, may not fully prevent you from having a moisture ant problem.
Left: Moisture ant workers trailing up the inside wall of crawlspace below a moisture damaged bathroom.
Right: Winged moisture ant males coming up from below a concrete slab floor. (Moisture ant females are much larger.)
Moisture ant identification
The term moisture ant, at least in our area, actually refers to the nesting habits of two ants with other names: The cornfield ant, and the large yellow ant. (although it really isn’t large.) For more info – check out our ant identification page
Notes on controlling moisture ants
Moisture ants do not aimlessly wander into homes. You see them inside your home because they are nesting in your home. Their preferred foods are all outside. They do not eat our foods and will not accept ant baits.
Ants will stop showing up inside when you spray something on them, most sprays are highly repellent. Even natural sprays, even household cleansers.
Just because you no longer see moisture ants – doesn’t mean you are controlling moisture ants. They are still there – inside your walls, in your attic, or inside your sub area, likely still causing damage.
Most homes will not need follow-up treatments to get rid of this pest. If you are concerned with other pests you should consider a cost effective quarterly pest control treatment program.
How you can help us get rid of moisture ants
There are actually a number of things that can be done to help get rid of moisture ants, and other types of ants too. Most of these steps will also make any service designed for controlling ants more successful with less use of pesticide.
Please visit our page: Ant Prevention to learn how to make your treatment more effective.