Seeing a few ants here and there might not seem like cause for calling in the pest control services, but these little insects can quickly become big problems. Professional ant control, in house and outdoors, is always more effective than risking any home remedies. And when you see one or two, you can bet they’re just scoping out the scene to let their buddies know where the good stuff is. A single colony of ants – such as the Argentine Ants that have been spreading from South America to Europe, Japan, and North America – may contain millions of ants, millions of queens, and occupy entire city blocks. More likely, however, the ants you see in your home are part of a much smaller colony. Hundreds or thousands of ants are still far more than you want around your loved ones, your house, your food and all your belongings, though, so if you think you have a little ant infestation it’s a wise idea to take care of it before it gets any bigger.
The Problem with Ants
Ants are more than just a nuisance – they’re dangerous, and in dry areas like Temecula and San Marcos, California are especially susceptible to these pests. They don’t just steal your food. They also contaminate it. Ants can leave droppings or die in your food, which is a pain if you have to throw the food out, and physically painful if you don’t catch it. Ant bodies and droppings can cause gastrointestinal problems for those eating the contaminated food, which you especially want to avoid if you have kids around. Not to mention how embarrassing it is when guests see that you’ve been living with ants in your house! This is simply no way to live. Some ants, such as fire ants, even hurt when they bite. If you spot these suckers in or around your house it’s time to invest in fire ant control services right away.
Where Ants Hide
Ants can hide both indoors and outdoors, and the treatment you seek should differ depending on the source, so it’s important to determine where they’re coming from if you’ve spotted ants on your property. If you’ve found an ant colony living outside your hours, an outdoor ant control treatment may include blocking access to the house with an insecticide and eliminating any pheromones the ants leave to help them find their way back there. If the colony has made its home inside your house, an indoor ant control treatment may include a carefully chosen insecticide approved for indoor use, as well as gel and insecticide treatments to reduce the likelihood of recurrence. There are even organic ant control services available.
Whatever you do, just don’t let this little problem become a big one. Before you know it that couple of ants you squished in the kitchen will be returning full force to contaminate your food, make you and your family feel sick, and embarrass you in front of your friends. Contact your local pest control service provider today and rest easy that ants won’t be overrunning your house.