Ant Control & Prevention

carpenter ants

With over 700 species of ants in the United States, it’s no surprise that you’re seeing them inside your home, garage, or office space. Ants are one of the most common pests in the country, and are often difficult to completely drive out of your space. At General Pest Control, we have the knowledge and experience with ants to know how to properly identify them and get rid of them for good.

Where Do Ants Nest?

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants in particular are the most difficult to control because they set up camp in tiny cracks in your walls and floors and leave a chemical trail for others to follow. Once they find their way into your home, they’ll find voids or cracks in walls and floors that have softened or rotting wood. While carpenter ants do not eat wood, they will hollow out the wood to expand their nest. The hollowing combined with their need for moisture can pose problems to the structures in your home or garage, as well as trees surrounding your property.

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Pavement Ants

Pavement ants usually nest outdoors and underground—under sidewalks, driveways, in the cracks of pavement, in lawns, and near the foundation of buildings. Occasionally they will nest in walls, under floors, and in insulation. Pavement ants are able to enter homes and buildings through any natural openings and small cracks in the slab or the foundation wall.

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Identifying Ants & Locating Colonies

In order to make sure we’re treating the ants in the smartest way possible to remediate the problem, we’ll do the following:

  • Identify the ant species – Some ant species like Pharaoh ants can be controlled using bait, but not all ant species respond the same. Identifying the type of ants present in your home will ensure we use the right treatment methods.
  • Locate & treat colonies – Ant infestations happen quickly and can easily get out of control due to their fast reproductive cycles. To ensure the problem is completely taken care of, it’s best to get to the root of the problem by finding and treating colonies.

Controlling and Treating Ants

  • Exterior Perimeter Treatment – We’ll apply a liquid spray product in a band about two feet out and two feet up on the foundation wall, treating where the ground meets the foundation wall and up under the lower edge of the siding. Insecticide dust can be applied into deep cracks and crevices and voids that we find around the exterior. For pavement ants, we’ll spray directly onto ant mounds and into cracks in pavement.
  • Interior Void Treatment – If you suspect a carpenter ant nest is in a wall or other hollow space we can inject an insecticide dust or pressurized aerosol into the space via any natural openings that are available such as around electrical outlets, phone lines, and ducts.
  • Spot Treatment – Liquid spray may be applied to specific areas where ants are found foraging and trailing inside your home to help reduce the annoyance caused by their presence.
  • Baiting – If our team is unable to locate the nesting site, we’ll set up baits as a successful alternative. Baits work by combining an attractive food source with a slow-acting intoxicant, and may take several weeks or longer to achieve total control.

Contact Us for an Inspection

In need of ant control and prevention in your home? Contact General Pest Control today to request a quote on an inspection and treatment.

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