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What Are Ants?
Ants are tiny insects that spend most of their time foraging for food, building nests and tunnels, reproducing, and pandering to the queen. Hundreds of ant sightings are reported throughout Indianapolis, Indiana, and the other US states each year. While most of these sightings are outdoors, it is not unusual to spot a colony of small ants foraging for food inside a building structure. Ants are referred to as “social insects” as they travel in small-, medium-, and large-sized colonies. They build their shelters and nests underground in tunnels that can stretch for several feet in length. There are approximately 14,000 species of ants worldwide. They are very easy to identify, thanks to their elbow-shaped antennas, thin waist, and body with three connected parts. Worker and soldier ants have one goal in mind. This goal is to protect and care for the queen ant and her young.
Why Is My Home Infested With Small Ants?
There are several factors associated with a small indoor ant infestation. These factors include essentials and access points. Basically, if your home offers the essentials – food, warm shelter, and water – it will become an ant target. Ants prefer easy access points to build structures. However, these are not always necessary because the insect has the means to gnaw through wooden building structures, such as walls, floors, and ceilings, to make their way indoors. It is more about determination than accessibility to these small insects. Ants tend to access building structures through small cracks and crevices around doors, windows, electrical wiring, and plumbing pipes.
Are Small Ant Infestations Harmful?
Small ant infestations do not pose a health risk to humans or animals. However, these tiny insects are notorious for the damage they leave behind. The worker ant spends most of its time gnawing through wooden structures to access food and shelter. These are nuisance pests, not a health risk
How To Eradicate An Ant Infestation In A Timely Manner?
Ant infestation eradication is a complex process that requires more than a single treatment in most cases. Even mild ant infestations require more than one treatment utilizing chemical-based or organic pesticides and traps. Depending on the severity of the ant infestation, it may be necessary to combine two or more extermination products to maximize results. To learn more about combined extermination treatment for carpenter ant infestations, please feel free to contact our local Indianapolis office. We will connect you with an ant infestation expert who will address your unanswered questions.
Does DIY Pest Control Work To Eradicate Ant Infestations?
DIY pest control has proven to be ineffective in treating moderate to severe ant infestations. Over-the-counter pesticides and traps combined together could eradicate ant infestations but only in mild cases. If you want maximum results at an affordable price to ensure you stay within your extermination budget, we are here to help. We will customize a pest control strategy specific for your residential ant infestation.
When Should I Expect The Exterminator To Arrive At Home Home?
In most cases, we will dispatch an exterminator out to your home within 24 to 48 hours of your initial pest control request.
Is Ant Infestation Pest Control Safe?
Improper use of pesticides has both health and property risks, which is why we always opt to go through the proper channels when combating ant infestations. We never utilize pesticides that have not been deemed “safe” by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA is a federal government agency that oversees the production and sales of pesticides and other extermination products.
How To Fight Against Future Ant Infestations?
Ants are opportunist insects that prefer the outdoors but access the indoors every chance they get. Once a home has been compromised by ants, it much more difficult to prevent future infestations. If you hire us, we will strengthen your existing pest barrier around the perimeter of your home to prevent future ant infestations. This is a very complex process that requires an effective pest control management strategy. We will work with you to create this strategy. And, will not stop until it proves to be effective. We will combine routine in-home inspections with immediate treatment when necessary. One of our qualified exterminators will teach you and your family members about ants, ant infestation treatments, and ant infestation prevention methods.