ANT CONTROL NEWTOWN PA
Ants are some of the most likely invaders to enter a Pennsylvania or New Jersey home or business.
The eight types of ants most often encountered in our area, are: the acrobat ant, big-headed ant, black ant, carpenter ant, citronella ant, odorous ant, pavement ant, and the Pharaoh ant.
WHAT DO ANTS LOOK LIKE?
Aside from having bodies consisting of three main portions (head, thorax, abdomen), ants vary both in size and color depending on species, from 1/20 to 1/2 inch in length, and can range in color from yellow, to red, to brown, and black with combinations of these colors in some instances.
WHERE DO ANTS LIVE?
There are two types of ants. One type that live mainly outdoors and occasionally seek entry inside for food and shelter, or to stay for an extended period to overwinter.
The other type of ant lives mainly indoors and is content to construct their nests inside a chosen home or business.
WHAT DO ANTS EAT?
Ants will consume many of the same foods as humans when available to them, such as cereals, pastas, breads and assorted starches, as well as meats, fats, fruits, and sweets.
DAMAGE CAUSED BY ANTS
In most cases ants are mainly nuisances with little ability to cause damage to homes and businesses. One chief exception to this is that of the carpenter ant, which is capable of causing damage to wooden structures.
ARE ANTS AGGRESSIVE?
Most ants that exist in the U.S. are not known to attack or bite humans with the exception of the various types of fire ants.
DO ANTS CARRY DISEASE?
In general, ants are not known to be associated with disease. However, some types of ants are disease carriers that spread germs and bacteria wherever they walk. These ants are particularly harmful in hospitals, schools, and homes with young children. One such species is the Pharaoh ant which can transmit disease organisms, including Staphylococcus.
HOW TO DETECT ANTS
The upside to an ant infestation is that it is easy to spot. Ants are not shy. They will scavenge for food throughout the day and night, allowing home and business owners to step foot in and around their path. Unfortunately, any home or business owner that spots an ant can be all but assured that there are hundreds more nearby. Indeed, an ant colony can have as many 40,000 members or more. Therefore, it is unwise to believe that a single ant in a building is an isolated creature.
HOW TO PREVENT ANTS
To help prevent an ant infestation from occurring in your home or business, Newtown Termite & Pest Control, Inc. suggests the following measures:
• Clean spills and crumbs from foods and beverages
• Keep food tightly sealed
• Maintain a clean pet area
• Repair or replace damaged screens
• Repair exterior cracks around structure
• Prevent contact from bushes and tree branches
HOW WE TREAT FOR ANTS
Home remedies for ant removal are unhealthy and ineffective. A number of folk remedies exist, such as dousing the building's perimeter with red pepper spray, swabbing peppermint oil on the floor and cabinets, or even drawing a line of chalk that ants are said not to be able to cross. All of these remedies and many more like them are myths that will not remove ants and the damage they cause.
Anyone who has experienced an ant invasion knows that once they enter a home or business, ant control is virtually impossible to remove without the help of an experienced exterminator.
Ant control requires a concentrated effort on the part of an experienced professional that can thoroughly inspect the building to identify the type of ant, find where the ant colony exists, locate the points of entry, and determine the best course of action for eliminating an ant problem. Afterwards, an optional maintenance plan can be set up ensure that the ants do not return. We can also help homes or businesses learn proactive measures to take to keep ants away throughout the year.
Call (215) 579-7378 to speak with an ant control specialist today.
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