In our area, the most common ants we see are odorous house ants, pavement ants, carpenter ants, and acrobat ants. We also have pharoah ants but not as often. This is a good thing because pharoah ants can have populations in the tens of thousands and will spread, called budding, if treated incorrectely.
It is important to identify the type of ant before attempting treatment. If we know the type of ant, we can figure out most likely where it lives, where it is comming from and how to treat it. Just randomly spraying chemicals around your home or business is not going to work long term and it may make the problem worse!
If you want to try pest control yourself and use an over the counter bait the first time you see ants to save money, that’s fine. But be sure to wipe down the area because ants leave a pheromone trail that is used to help the colony find the food source. If you don’t kill the entire colony, they will be back! If the problem continues, call a professional exterminator.
Remember, ants like the carpenter ant attack wet and decaying wood. If you find carpenter ants in your home, it may be a sign that you have a plumbing, window frame, or roof leaks in your home. A pest control professional can help you locate all sorts of problems while doing an inspection.
Choosing to work with a professional may actually save you money, and grief, in the long run. Hiring an Associate Certified Entomolgist is even better. We can help identify the problem and provide the solution. Don’t you want to be Pest Free?