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ANT EXTERMINATORS

  • Treatment for miscellaneous ants (excluding carpenter ants).
  • Two interior and exterior treatments within 30 days.
  • Exterior service to include installation of termite monitors to aid in the detection of termites.
  • Exterior applications target pest activity and include treatments around windows, doors, overhangs and under siding, as well as sealing ground level pest entry points.
  • Followed by exterior treatment every other month; includes rodent protection, interior treatment and IPM inspection report in the winter months.
  • Inside service available upon request at no additional charge.

ANT REMOVAL AND CONTROL IN AND OUTSIDE THE HOME

Ant infestations are infamously known to be difficult to eliminate from the home without the help of a professional exterminator. Multiple colonies can invade your home, making it tricky for DIY methods effectively getting rid of them. That’s where we come in. Pest Solutions is the local choice for ant removal services from Stafford to Richmond. Whether carpenter ants are terrorizing the structural integrity of your home, or pavement ants are disrupting your children’s playground, we’re an experienced, affordable solution to your ant problem. Contact us today to get ants out of your home.

Argentine Ants

Color Dark brown to black; shiny Legs Six
Shape Segmented, Oval Size 1/16th - 1/4 inch
Antennae Yes Flying Rare winged swarms
Region AI, AR, CA, FL, GA, IL, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OR, SC, TN, WA

Habits: Argentine ants deposit trails continuously, instead of just from nest to food source. This habit ensures they do not waste time visiting the same area for food. They prefer to eat sweets but they will eat almost anything including meats, effs, oils and fats.

Habitat: Argentine ant colonies are located in wet environments near a food source.

Threats: Argentine ants do not pose a health threat, but they can contaminate food.

Prevention: Eliminate standing water. Pests, such as Argentine ants are attracted to moisture. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house. Somethings pests use these to get into your home. Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home. Pests like build nests in stacks of wood.

Carpenter Ants

Color Dark brown to black; shiny Legs Six
Shape Segmented, Oval Size 1/16th - 1/4 inch
Antennae Yes Flying Rare winged swarms
Region AI, AR, CA, FL, GA, IL, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OR, SC, TN, WA

Size ranges from on-fourth inch for a worker ant up to three-fourths inch for a queen in the most common species.

May range from red to black in color.

Build nests in deteriorating, moist wood; often the colony will extend its nest into adjacent, sound wood.

Are commonly found in porch pillars and roofs, window sills, telephone poles, live and dead tress, rotting logs and stumps and wood in contact with soil.

Do not actually eat the wood removed during nest-building activities; rather, deposit it outside entrances to the colony in small piles.

Habits: All species mainly attack wood that is or has been wet and damaged by mold. Even though these ant first invade wet, decayed wood, they may soon begin building paths through dry, undamaged wood. They usually com into building through cracks around doors, windows, or through holes for wires. They will also crawl along overhead wires, shrubs, or tree limbs that touch the building far above the ground.

Habitat: Carpenter ants build their nests outdoors in various wood sources, including tree stumps, firewood or landscaping. The need a constant water source to survive. They will enter homes through wet, damaged wood.

Threats: Carpenter ants damage wood through their nest building. If they gain entry into a structure, they pose a property threat. They can convey a painful bite with pronounced mandibles and injection of formic acid into the wound.

Prevention: Because carpenter ants require a water source, eliminate sources of moisture or standing water. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house. Sometimes pests use these to get into your mor. Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home. Pests like to build nests in stacks of wood.

Odorous House Ants

Color Brown or Black; shiny Legs Six
Shape Segmented, Oval Size 1/16th - 1/8 inch
Antennae Yes Flying Winged swarms
Region All 50

Habits: Odorous house ants like to eat sweets, especially melon.

Habitat: Typically living for several years, these ants make their homes in exposed soil and wall voids.

Threats: These ants do not pose a public health risk, but they can contaminate food and should be avoided.

Prevention: Eliminate standing water. Pests such as odorous house ants are attracted to moisture. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your hose. Sometimes pests use these to get into your home. Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home. Pests like to build nests in stacks of wood.

Red Imported Fire Ants

Color Dark brown, blackish, reddish brown; shiny Legs Six
Shape Segmented, Oval Size 1/8 - 3/8 inch
Antennae Yes Flying Winged swarmers
Region Southeastern U.S. from Virginia to Texas

Habits: These ants will build large mound nests, and will sting humans who come across a nest.

Habitat: Red imported fire ants will build their nest bounds outdoors in landscape areas or near a structural foundation. The ant will gain entry to a building through holes or cracks.

Threats: The sting of a red imported fire ant is painful and often results in a raised welt that becomes a white pustule. Often, a person stung by a red imported fire ant receives multiple painful stings from more than one of the ants. Persons allergic to insect stings will react more severely.

Prevention: Red imported fire ants and their telltale mound nests should be actively avoided. To prevent entry into a structure, seal all internal and external cracks and crevices.

Pavement Ants

Color Dark brown to blackish; shiny Legs Six
Shape Segmented, Oval Size 1/8 inch
Antennae Yes Flying Winged swarms
Region All 50

Habits: These ants will eat almost anything, including insects, seeds, honeydew, honey, bread, meats, nuts and cheese.

Habitat: These ants live in or under pavement cracks

Threats: These ants fo not pose a public health risk, but they can contaminate food and should be avoided. They are not aggressive, but can bite and sting.

Prevention: Eliminate standing water. Pests, such as ants, are attracted to moisture. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests use these branches to get into your home. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around your house. Sometimes pests use these to get into your home. Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home. Pests like to build nests in stacks of wood.

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