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What are ants?

Ants are social insects that live together in large colonies. One or more queens lead ant colonies to success. Female worker ants make up the bulk of the colony and complete tasks like foraging for food, caring for the young, maintaining the nest, and protecting the colony from harm. Male ants or drones only have to concern themselves with reproduction. 

Because ants are social and such excellent communicators, they are quite challenging to eliminate when they nest in our yards or homes. Every ant and nesting site needs to be found and treated — a task best left up to a Salisbury pest control professional

ants eating spilled food

Are ants dangerous?

Ants are always unwanted on our properties; though most ants do not pose significant threats to people or property, they are pests. Ants are problematic because they contaminate food, spread bacteria, get into electrical equipment, and cause short circuits. 

The fire ant is an example of a dangerous ant species in our region. These small red ants aggressively defend themselves and their nests by delivering painful stings. The venom that fire ants inject is potent enough to trigger allergic reactions. An attack by a large group of fire ants can trigger a life-threatening reaction. When fire ants nest on your property, they can significantly inhibit your ability to enjoy your yard. 

Why do I have an ant problem?

Our warm climate allows ants to remain active throughout much of the year. The more active ants are feeding and breeding, the larger their populations will become. Ants live outside all around us and can find their way into any of our yards and eventually into our homes. Our properties offer ants everything they need to succeed; multiple sources of food, water, and shelter. 

Where will I find ants?

More than 10,000 species of ants live worldwide; everywhere you turn, there is the potential for you to run into ants. Where ants prefer to nest depends on their species, some like to nest under the ground in areas of shade or open sunny areas. Some species prefer to nest within pieces of wood, and others nest within the cracks of pavement or foundation walls. 

Though ants primarily nest outside, they also nest inside homes and other structures. Common indoor ant nesting sites include underneath floors, inside wall voids, and behind baseboards or cabinets. 

If you regularly spot large numbers of ants trailing throughout your home, immediately reach out to a professional. Professionals will successfully locate the intruders and perform pest control services to eliminate them completely.

How do I get rid of ants?

While there are many DIY ant control treatments on the market, they are more often than not ineffective; they don't get to the root of the infestation and, if not used properly, can be a danger to you and your family. Get rid of ants in the most effective and safest way possible by partnering with a local pest professional. 

Peeler Environmental offers ant control through our quarterly home pest control services. For added peace of mind, we guarantee our services; if ants return between visits, we will return to re-treat. Search no more for ant pest control near you to keep ants out of your home now and in the future; call Peeler Environmental today!

How can I prevent ants in the future?

Use the following ant prevention tips to keep these common household pests from wreaking havoc in your North Carolina home. 

  • Use silicone caulk to seal any cracks in your foundation. 
  • Place door sweeps on exterior doors.
  • Always inspect potted plants and firewood for ants before bringing the items inside. 
  • Remove fallen trees and tree stumps from your property.
  • Maintain your lawn, keep the grass mowed short, and reseed bare areas.
  • Deep clean your home regularly to remove crumbs, sticky spills, and other food debris that will attract the attention of these scavenging pests. 

For the best pest control for ants, please get in touch with us today. 

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