Ants are located all over the world and are destructive to food and property. They can also bring diseases and health risks in your home. In some parts of the world, ants can even sting and be dangerous. Lady Killers Pest Control has the ant control treatment options you can rely on to get rid of ants around your property.
The first step in eliminating an ant infestation in your home is to identify the species of ant. Not all ants are created equal; therefore understanding their biology and the specific species differences is critical in order to develop the proper control strategy that must be used to get rid of ants from your home. And do-it-yourself ant control methods usually are not effective. The experts at Lady Killers Pest Control can help with ant control and recommend the best solution for your ant problem.
Request an appointment today to protect your property from ants. Call a Lady Killers Pest Control ant control expert by calling Vicki (906) 202-0812 or Ang (920) 737-8349 or you can set up an appointment using our online form.
Ant control treatment & removal
There are several treatment options available for property owners to get rid of ants. There are different ant treatment options depending on the species of ant and the size of the infestation. It can also depend on whether or not the infestation is indoors or outdoors. If the property is a business or a home can also factor in the treatment options.
Ant removal is a very specific process and Lady Killers Pest Control specialists know how to get rid of ants around a property and from within the home or building. The best bet is to contact your Lady Killers Pest Control office and get a free property inspection and let our experts figure out which species of ant is causing the problem. Then our specialists will discuss treatment and ant prevention problems with you.
Damage to property and health risks
Most of the time ants are just a nuisance, but they can contaminate food. A full infestation can destroy food in your home and can destroy crops and food for animals and that can harm livestock.
Ants like fire ants normally set up their nests outdoors, but if disturbed can swarm and they can sting and post a health risk. Carpenter ants destroy wood and can weaken the structures in your home, which can lead to costly damage repairs.
Lady Killers Ant Removal Professionals
Lady Killers Pest Control knows how to get rid of ants. Our state-licensed exterminators seek out the nests and know how to identify the species of ant. Each species can determine the proper treatment, making it critical to enlist the help of trained ant control professional.
Lady Killers Pest Control ant removal technicians work with you, discussing the ant problem in your home to successfully track down the source of the infestation. We find the nest to remove that and prevent return visits. Our experts know how to trace the ants back to their access point and seal them up.
Know the types of ants
Michigan is home to 113 species of ants, so it’s not always easy to identify which species recently invaded your home or landscaping. Some ants keep to the woods or the roadsides, but other ants colonize on your property and become destructive. The following are three such ants you may discover in and around your home.
Allegheny Mound Ants – You may see an emerging colony of Allegheny mound ants (Formica exsectoides) and dismiss the nest as simply a dead patch in the lawn. By the time you notice the mound rising up from the grass, it’s been growing for a few years underground.
If left undisturbed, the ant mounds can extend up to four feet above ground and up to three feet under the mound. Inside the solar-heated mound are many queens and up to 250,000 ants. Fortunately, mound ants rarely enter homes. They eat scales, aphids, needle-feeding insects, and other bugs.
Allegheny mound ants can be brick-red, black, or a mixture of the two colors. They don’t sting but can deliver a painful bite with their powerful mandibles.
The destructive nature of mound ants is evident around their colonies. Mound ants bite into trees and plants within a 40- to 50-foot circle around their nests, depositing deadly formic acid into the wounded places. Herbaceous plants and grasses die quickly, while trees often take many deposits of formic acid to die.
Odorous House Ant – The odorous house ant (Tapinoma sessile) is one of the most common ants found in Michigan and all of North America. You may first notice this ant when it invades your pantry and starts crawling around in your sugar and cereals.
While odorous house ants are capable of building massive colonies, their nests are usually occupied by a few thousand workers. You may discover their nests outdoors under rocks and wood planks. Odorous house ants also form colonies inside your home using termite-ravaged wood, moist flooring, and hollow walls as strategic hiding places.
Odorous house ants are tiny; worker ants are only 1/16 to 1/8 inch long and brown-black in color. The ant gets its name from the rotten smell emitted when the ants are crushed. Some people liken the smell to sniffing rotten coconuts or blue cheese dressing.
Odorous house ants destroy valuable staples, pet food, garden plants, and other foods in your kitchen. Look for the ants’ indoor appearance after heavy rains. They’re attracted to sweet, sugary foods on countertops and tables.
Carpenter Ant – Carpenter ants (Camponotus spp.) are giants of the Michigan ant population and one of the state’s most common ants. You may notice carpenter ants outside nesting in stumps and hollow tree trunks. You may also notice them indoors.
Carpenter ant colonies can be parent colonies with nurseries or satellite colonies full of only workers, They are found indoors where there is an abundance of moisture and rotting wood. In summer, a lone carpenter ant may wander inside your home by accident. If you see one in wintertime, suspect a colony in your structure.
Carpenter ants are brownish-red, black, or a combination of the two colors. They measure 3/8 to 1/2 inch long. They’re distinguished from other, non-destructive large ants by their rounded thoraxes.
The damage that carpenter ants do is extensive once they establish their colonies. Although the carpenter ants don’t eat wood as termites do, they excavate wood to create tunnels and nesting galleries. Over time, your foundation or other structural wood can be weakened significantly by the carpenter ants.
Spring is a prime time for winged reproductive ants of all types to swarm and locate new colony spots. Look for winged ants inside your home, as they may be an indication of a colony somewhere in the structure.
How to prevent ants from returning
Ants will return unless changes are made around your property and within your home. If you remove the things which attract ants in the first place, you can prevent ants from returning and infesting your property again. Some of the things you can do include:
- Store food in safe and secure containers
- Sweep up food and dirt
- Remove unused pet food and secure pet food to keep ants away
- Seal up access points and holes
- Clean up food and liquid spills