Ants can be a year-round pest that you and your Broken Arrow exterminator can deal with. These colonizing insects will find their way into your home or your yard and attack. They love to find our food, our water, and use our home for a shelter. Some of these insects will actually bite and sting. Because of this, it’s important that you keep them from attacking your home or business. Ants are tenacious and will not be turned away easily. So in this article, let’s take a good look at ants, their life cycle, and what are you and your Broken Arrow exterminator can do to protect your home from them.
SPRING ANTS AND YOUR BROKEN ARROW EXTERMINATOR
The spring is prime time for ants. They are just waking up from their winter dormancy and are out and about and on the lookout. In the spring months, the ant must find food sources that are going to sustain them through the summer and fall months. These food sources must be enough that they can stockpile food to get them through the following winter as well. So because of this, the spring is a time for ants to explore their surroundings and search for food. Often the search will lead them inside your home, especially your kitchen areas. This is where we must stop them.
In your yard, these ants will often set up shop with colonies and ant hills. While for most ants, this is not an issue, the fire ants that we have here in Oklahoma can be a real problem. These insects will use their venom to attack and defend their colony against invaders. Even if you arbitrarily come across their colony without realizing it, you will find out very quickly that you are in their area. These small red ants bite furiously. These stings are very painful and they seldom sting one at a time. In most cases, if you knock over a fire ant hill, the onslaught of ants will be a larger number. They will climb up your leg and bite your skin setting your ankles and calves on fire. Hopefully you are not barefoot. Contact your Broken Arrow exterminator for help.
INDOOR ANTS AND BROKEN ARROW EXTERMINATOR
In Oklahoma, the odorous house ant is the most common indoor ant that we find. These ants will build a colony actually inside your home somewhere where you can’t see it. This could be inside a wall or behind an appliance, or some other hidden area. When most people see ants, they will immediately reach for a can of pesticide they’ve gotten from their local hardware store. This is the wrong answer for these kinds of ants.
Odorous house ants are one of the ant species that uses splintering to multiply their colony. This means that if a group of worker ants get separated from the colony too long, one of those ants will become a queen, and start a brand new colony with the worker ants that are with her. So if you use the over the counter sprays, you can separate worker ants from the colony. If you do this, you will end up with two colonies as opposed to one, doubling your problem.
The right answer is to call your Broken Arrow exterminator. They have non repellant pesticides that will be completely unknown to these ants. As they walk through the pesticide, they will track this spray back to their colony, spreading it around inside the colony. Eventually, it will wipe out the entire colony, not just the worker ants. This is one of the keys to dealing with ants. If you kill one or two worker ants that you have seen, you really haven’t done much to stop your infestation. There are hundreds possibly thousands or even millions of worker ants in any given colony. To eliminate the pest problem, you have to eliminate it at its source. That’s why you’re Broken Arrow exterminator is the right answer for these pests.
A non-repellent spray is a great place to start when dealing with ants. As stated before, these sprays can be put in high traffic areas where they will be tracked back to their colony, wiping out the source. But in addition to this, we also have baits that can be used very effectively against ants. These are a sugary pesticide laced gel that can be placed in ant trails. When this is done, these ants will take this bait back to their colony and feed it to their young. This is another solution that will attack and finish off the colony eliminating your pest control problem.
Also spraying the exterior of your home is very effective against these pests. Ants have to get in from the outside. Many of our homes are brick or have a brick facade on the outside of them. In order to allow for expansion, masonry’s will leave gaps between bricks to allow air to flow in and out of the house. These gaps are great places for insects, such as ants, to make their way inside. If you are having a preventative maintenance pest control treatment apply to your home regularly, then you can have these holes and other gaps treated with a special dust that will keep ants from making their way into your home. But if the problem is already there, you can simply call your Broken Arrow exterminator and they can help get rid of them.
If you’re having an issue with the ants or any other pests, then its time to contact your Broken Arrow exterminator for help. Here at TermMax pest control, we are the best in the business when it comes to dealing with ants or any other pests. We service a greater Tulsa area, including Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Prattville, Bixby, Jenks, Owasso, Turley, Coweta, Claremore, Catoosa, and so much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!