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Answering Chesapeake's Most Commonly Asked Ant Questions

July 15, 2022 - Ants

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Ants exist throughout most parts of the world in thousands of various species. Ants have six legs, antennae, and compound eyes. Ants develop from an egg through stages of metamorphosis as larvae and pupae before reaching adulthood.  

Ants generally form large colonies with categories or castes that include queens, workers, and winged males that primarily have the task of reproduction. Based on their small size, ants may invade homes through very small openings seeking sources of food and quickly progress into full-blown infestations. 

How do you get rid of ants? An experienced Chesapeake pest control professional has the proper training in pest extermination services. The professionals understand the behavior of these pests and how can you get rid of ants safely and effectively. 

Signs Of An Ant Infestation

When to call an exterminator for ants? Property owners must understand the most common signs of an ant infestation. Aside from the presence of live ants, homeowners might notice piles of soil or dirt around the property that suggest a below-ground ant nest. Also, some types of ants have wings that they shed that may accumulate.  

In most cases, once a small number of ants detect the presence of a food source in a home, it is likely that many others from the same colony will soon enter in droves. Here, “scout” ants will use their glands to generate pheromone chemicals that serve as a form of communication, as some other types of insects do. Those who encounter a large group of ants in their home should diligently clean the area after removing the ants to ensure these chemical trails also are cleared. 

What To Expect From Professional Ant Control?

A professional pest exterminator will usually recommend a comprehensive ant control treatment strategy for eliminating ants. This may include eliminating existing ants, removing likely food sources, making exclusionary improvements to prevent access indoors, and locating and expelling ant nests from adjacent outdoor areas of the property.  

Tips To Prevent Ant Reinfestation

Are you wondering how to stop ant infestations? Some of the best preventative measures include: 

  • Limit points of entry by sealing cracks and crevices near the foundation, ensuring that windows and doors seal properly, and repairing any damaged window screens. 
  • Establish diligent cleaning habits that include regularly sweeping floors, promptly putting away leftovers, and ensuring that kitchen-area trash cans have properly fitting lids. 
  • Minimize moisture by repairing leaky plumbing, keeping gutter systems clear, and adequately ventilating basements or crawlspaces. 
  • Remove unnecessary clutter or debris from the areas near the base of the structure and keep vegetation trimmed away. 

Many property owners underestimate the potential severity of infestations involving ants. These creatures often live in massive colonies that can quickly become overwhelming and spread germs. 

Let Diamond Exterminators Help With Your Ant Problem

For more than 20 years, the team of local pest control experts with Diamond Exterminators has delivered results for home and business owners in this region that are struggling with bothersome pests. Our specialists have the proper training and equipment for safely eradicating termites, rodents, bed bugs, and many other harmful creatures using many of the latest products in the pest control industry today. We are proud members of the local Tidewater Pest Control Association (TCPA), an organization that promotes safety and eco-friendly operations. 

Our qualified professionals always perform a detailed property assessment that will accurately determine the nature of the pest intrusion. Keep in mind that we stand behind the quality of our work with a customer satisfaction guarantee. 

Contact our office today to schedule an onsite property inspection. Remember to ask one of our representatives about our specialized services for crawlspaces, which often contain mold and excessive humidity levels. Our professionals will restore the condition of the crawlspace, ensure that sufficient ventilation exists, and fully encapsulate the space to prevent future pest-related intrusions.