Ant Pest Control Services
Ants are one of the most common pest problems in the nation. Without the help of our ant exterminators, getting rid of them completely can be endless and unsuccessful. Although most types of ants are primarily a nuisance, there are some more dangerous species. Effective and long-lasting ant removal always requires the help of an expert.
At Vermont Pest Control, we guarantee our ant pest control services to not only control current ant infestations, but help prevent future ones too.
Common Ants in Vermont
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Our Ant Removal Process
The ant exterminators at Vermont Pest Control know how frustrating ants can be, which is why we use a thorough and highly effective ant extermination process proven to work long-term. The following steps are included in our ant pest control services:
- A thorough property inspection to identify the source of the infestation and the ant species
- Placement or application of ant control products and insecticides
- Proper sealing of entry points to control sources of the infestation
- A detailed ant removal report describing the treatment
- Ant control and prevention tips to avoid future infestations
Frequently Asked Questions About Ants
Most kinds of ants build their nests in the dirt outside your home. They venture indoors looking for sources of food, and when they find one, a trail will develop between your home and the rest of the colony. Some ants, however, will take refuge in the walls of your home. Carpenter ants, in particular, like to tunnel through wooden structures to make their nests.
Every species of ant is able to bite, but there are many defense approaches that different kinds of ants prioritize. For example, fire ants and harvester ants bite any perceived threats, but only to latch on to them so they can deliver a more powerful sting. Other ants like carpenter ants focus their power into their bites. All ants have the means to bite, but only some have stingers.
The itchiest ant “bites” really aren’t bites at all, they’re stings. Fire ants are the most widely feared ant for their stings—they inject a mixture of foreign proteins into our skin that creates a raised white welt. Their stings look like mosquito bites, but feel closer to bee stings. In some cases, their stings can result in anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can lead to hospitalization.
There can be a variety of reasons for a seemingly instant ant infestation. Ants are good at detecting open food sources, especially sweet, sugary foods, so if some treats are left out in the open, you could have an ant trail beelining to it in a few hours. It is also possible that ants have been living in your home for a while before you found them. Ants are also attracted to moisture, so they could be finding water in unventilated crawl spaces, plumbing fixtures, and more hidden areas.
If you have black ants with long wings in your home, they are likely carpenter ants. Carpenter ant swarmers appear once a colony has built up their prominence in your home over a few years, or if the swarmers have found your home and decided on it as their new place to build a colony. Carpenter ants can be hard to trace because they like to live hidden away in structural parts of your house.
Although ants do not pass on diseases through their bites, they are able to carry and spread pathogens and disease-inducing organisms. In some cases, ants can carry Salmonella, which poses serious health risks. Since ants like to infest moist areas like bathrooms and kitchens, they pick up germs travelling by toilets and sinks and bring them along our cookware and countertops.
If you find an ant trail in your home, try to trace the ant trail back to their point of entry. This could be your doors or windows, plumbing fixtures, baseboards, cabinets, or other places. Seal any vulnerable areas with a silicone-based caulk and spray undiluted vinegar on the trail. Ensure that there are no cracks in your drainage systems. Keep food stored away and sealed properly when not in use.
Keep ants away by maintaining a clean home. Seal and store your food properly and wash your dishes right away after eating. Clean up spills promptly, whether they’re a sugary drink on the counter, crumbs on the kitchen floor, or excess water from your shower in the bathroom. Also, make sure that any potential points of entry are sealed off. Check any screens on your doors and windows for tears or gaps—this is a common way that ants get in the house.
Vermont’s Best Ant Exterminators
For more than 25 years, Vermont Pest Control has been an industry leader in ant extermination. DIY ant control is never a long-term solution, as ants spread easily and quickly. As soon as you notice ants in your home or business, it’s time to call our ant exterminators.
As a QualityPro-certified company, we will work hard to control current ant problems as well as prevent future ant infestations from happening.
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