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Professional Ant Pest Control Raleigh NC
The ant is one of the most notorious insect species in the “Formicidae” order. Formicidae insect species colonize, having a queen, worker, soldier, winged swarmer, wingless swarmer, and drone. There is no doubt, the ant is one insect species that is extremely difficult to ignore. In fact, everywhere you go, there is the risk of an ant encounter. Ants live in underground tunnels, which are utilized to house the queen and her young. The queen is the only member of the colony that reproduces. She mates with male drones until there is enough sperm stored in her body for future reproduction.
Scientists have identified between 12,000 and 14,000 species of Formicidae. Each member of the ant colony plays a significant role in building expanding, and repairing the underground tunnel, caring for the queen, and securing the area around the underground tunneling network.
Ants have segmented bodies and antennas, which are held together by tiny joints. The insect relies on its antennas for touch, scent, and temperature. The ant’s strongest physical characteristic is its mandibles that open and close, with saw-like teeth. The insect utilizes its mandibles to gnaw through various types of materials – wood, plastic, fabric, and paperboard.
The worker ant utilizes its mandibles to erect, repair, and expand underground tunneling systems. The worker’s mandibles are also utilized to construct nests out of yard debris, household waste, and other accessible materials.
Why Is My Sunroom Infested With Ants?
Ant colonies can have dozens, hundreds, or thousands of members. The members are split into workers, soldiers, male drones, and winged and wingless swarmers, and one queen. The colony revolves around the queen, reproducing to expand the colony population while replacing the deceased members.
The winged swarmers play a role in keeping the colony’s food supply fully stocked. While the worker ants are foraging for food, the winged swarmers are flying low over food-contaminated surfaces, exposed food, and waste bins. Winged swarmers eventually leave their colonies behind to meet their mates and build new colonies.
The wingless swarmers spend the majority of their time helping build the food supply and care for the queen’s young.
Exterior-to-interior openings are utilized by ants to infiltrate commercial and residential facilities. These openings are generally found in frames around doors and windows, basement and crawlspace vents, siding, supply line (waste, water, and electricity) passages, and heating and air conditioning metal duct connections.
Do Ants Spread Diseases?
Ant-borne illnesses include salmonella, Shigella, and E. coli. These foodborne illnesses are related to contaminated feces and contaminants picked up while traveling through contaminated waste. The ant drops its contaminated fecal matter in food and water and on surfaces utilized for food preparation and serving.
In the natural habitat, ants forage for food in trash bins, landfills, gardens, and other areas. In the human habitat, ants forage for food in waste bins, on food-contaminated surfaces, in pantries and kitchen sinks, underneath appliances, and food storage.
The ant diet consists of dead insect exoskeletons, household waste, fruit, termite, snail, dried nuts, eggs, seeds, syrup, candy, and bread. There are not anything ants will not eat. In fact, the ant has one of the biggest appetites for an insect species.
Are Ant Infestations Difficult To Fully Eradicate?
Yes, an ant infestation is extremely difficult to eradicate. With the proper pest control strategy, it is possible to fully eradicate an ant infestation in as little as two treatments. Depending on the treatment type, eradicating an infestation of ants is not possible without the help of a licensed pest control experts. Our Raleigh extermination team can help you customize a treatment strategy guaranteed to deliver efficiency on all levels.
Professional ant management targets the entire colony, which is generally split in two. Part of the colony remains outdoors in the natural habitat, while the rest is living inside the impacted homes. Ants spend much of their time finding indoor hiding places to weather out the overwintering process,
Will DIY Pest Offer aby Relief For Ant Infestation?
Do-it-yourself pest control is comprised of high-quality pesticides, initial and post-treatment inspections, and adhesive traps. When these components are combined into a single ant treatment, the outcome is guaranteed to be more than satisfactory for everyone involved.
DIY ant management utilizes a low potency insecticide, which lacks the potency needed to fully eradicate an ant infestation. What makes an ant infestation so much more difficult than many other insect species is how the colony becomes divided. Basically, the pest control strategy must target the split colony, which is only possible with our professional industrial-strength pest control products.
When Will The Exterminator Be Available For A Home Inspection?
We suggest submitting your service request immediately upon the detection of ants inside your home. Even if the ants do not make their way into your home, an infestation along the perimeter is concerning. When the colony population grows out of control, there is no doubt, the members will be forced to forage for food elsewhere. If the home’s structural components are vulnerable, an infestation is in your future.
Ants have been scientifically linked to life-threatening foodborne illnesses. With so many health and structural damage threats, immediate action is necessary. This is not just any old action, but the appropriate action, which includes our pest control service.
Our service request processing takes between 24 and 48 hours to complete.
Does Ant Pesticide Contain Dangerous Chemicals?
It depends on the type of treatment the client chooses. Conventional pest control, for example, utilizes a chemical base to eradicate ants. Organic pesticide utilizes a natural toxin to eradicate ants. Both pest control products are effective, utilizing a synthetic chemical and a natural toxin.
What Is The Most Effective Ant Prevention Strategy?
- Completely seal all entry points with a waterproof sealant
- Close large public utility passages with custom metal sheeting
- Upgrade your non-perishable food supply storage system
- Develop a household waste disposal system
- Take advantage of our professional home inspection
We highly suggest transitioning to a non-refrigerated food storage system that utilizes glass or ceramic containers with resealable lids. This move will protect your food supply from contaminated ant fecal matter.