More than 700 ant species have been identified in the United States. While the majority live in the wild, approximately 25 of these annoying insects can be found inside homes. Ants are the most common type of pest infesting residences in Southern California. Species found in our area include the Argentine, carpenter and odorous house ants as well as the pharaoh, harvester and red imported fire ants. These insects enter indoor spaces through tiny holes and cracks in search of food, water, and shelter. Once the scouts locate a suitable location, other members of the colony follow their scent trail into your home. An infestation can develop quickly.
While carpenter ants tunnel through wood weakening structural support members, the painful bite of fire ants can prevent your family and guests from enjoying outdoor living spaces. If left unchecked, carpenter ants can cause significant damage that is expensive to repair. Other species of ants contaminate food and food preparation surfaces with a variety of potentially harmful bacteria and other pathogens as they invade pantries and kitchens. Their bites can also cause localized redness, swelling, and itchy hives. Depending upon the species, ants can be found inside your home year-round. Killing the ones you see is not enough to eradicate the colony that can include millions of ants. While carpenter ants can be found in walls, floors, and ceilings, fire ant mounds are located outside. Other species of ants set up their colonies behind or under large appliances as well as other areas inside your home.
Why Use a Professional?
Do-it-yourself pest control solutions can go awry. In March 2017, a man accidentally burned down his parent’s home in Old Orchard Beach, Maine while trying to exterminate ants. He was trying to burn the ants with matches when he inadvertently ignited some combustible material. The flames grew out of control rapidly. The house was destroyed before the fire department could extinguish the blaze. Commercially available products may not provide the right mix of chemicals in quantities sufficient to accomplish the task satisfactorily. Because these chemicals may also be harmful to pets and children, homeowners must designate a location to store the products safely.
Our highly trained technicians can identify the type of ants causing the infestation. This expertise enables the team to recommend a targeted approach that eliminates the risk of over- or under-applying the required treatment. Using our service eliminates the need to store potentially harmful chemicals in your home. We can safely eliminate an ant infestation as well as other pests. Give us a call at Pest Solutions. We can schedule a convenient time to inspect your home and provide a free, no-obligation quote for our pest control services.