You Have A Problem With Ant Control Seattle?
Guardian Pest Control in Seattle can help you not just eliminate an ant infestation, but protect your home against any further incursions. Inside the house, they will use a specially designed dust product inside the walls. When the dust comes into contact with an ant, it carries the residue with it back to the nest, where it transfers the poison to other ants. After just a day or two, the ant population will be almost completely gone. Placing the dust inside the walls will also keep your family and pets safe from any harm. Outside the house, a pest control specialist will spread a similar product around the perimeter of your house, so that ants that are nesting outside will not want to enter your home in search of food. If you suspect you have carpenter ants, you may also want to have someone inspect your foundation to make sure that there isn’t any structural damage that needs to be dealt with.
There are very few things a homeowner likes seeing around the house less than ants. They can get into your food and even damage the foundation and structure of your home. However, with a little knowledge and some help from Guardian Pest Control, you can smash an infestation and make sure that it never happens again.
A Guide to Ants and Getting Rid of Them
It’s safe to say that most of the human population has a general hatred of insects and creepy crawlies. Ants in particular seem to be one of the most common to infest our lives. Every crumb that hits the ground seems to attract a swarm of them in no time. Once they’ve infiltrated your home, they seem to be almost impossible to get rid of. Then, before you know it they’ve started showing up everywhere in the house, including inside cupboards and under sofas and loveseats. Here’s a look into some of the most common ones.
Types of Ants
Argentine ants are pretty common around the country, and the State of Washington is no exception. This is a tiny ant. They are only a sixteenth of an inch long, and are varying shades of brown. They invaded from South America in the 19th century and quickly conquered many local ant species. They love moisture, so you can find them around plants, bathrooms, and standing water. They also love sweets, so honey and sugar are at the top of their menu.
These ants come by their name honestly. Most ants you’ll come across are pretty harmless other than the ick factor, but Fire ants can give you quite a sting from their bite. Luckily they are not as common as the Argentine ant, since they don’t reproduce as quickly. Their relative, the Red Imported Fire ant has started popping up in the southern United States, however, and their bite is even worse. Some playgrounds in Texas have had to be closed off because of Red Imported Fire ant infestations. It may only be a matter of time before they make their way to the State of Washington.
Odorous House Ants
Odorous House ants were the most common ants before the Argentine ants invaded. While their numbers have fallen, they are still very prominent in Western Washington, including Seattle. These ants are tough to control, and they release a disgusting smell when they are squished. This smell is a defense mechanism to warn other ants of danger. Their colonies are huge with sometimes more than 100,000 ants at once, so the ants that you might see crawling across your counter are just the tip of the iceberg.
Carpenter ants ( not termites )are a whole new ballgame since they can cause actual damage to your home. As their name would suggest, they love wood, and burrow themselves into wooden beams to create their nests. If an infestation lasts too long, then there is a possibility they will threaten the very structural integrity of your home. You may notice that there are little sawdust piles around infested areas. You may also hear tiny scratching noises coming from the walls when the house is quiet.