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Ant Control 101: A Helpful Guide For Orange County Homeowners

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Most homeowners in our area have had to deal with ants at some point. Finding an ant or two in the house isn't cause for alarm, but if you see a lot of ants or some that can cause significant problems, it is time to take action. Welcome to ant control 101, where we will discuss everything you need to know to control these problematic pests.

We'll start by describing how ants structure their colonies and how that relates to the ant problems you are dealing with. We'll also review the issues that can come with the various species that invade local homes and provide our most effective tips to keep them out. Learn more about ants and when to seek professional ant control in Orange County with the experts at The PEST Group.

The Social Hierarchy Of Ants: How Colonies Are Structured

The social hierarchy of ant colonies helps to explain how ant infestations start and spread. Generally, most ant colonies have at least one queen, and the ants she gives birth to are either female workers or males that she will reproduce with. The workers in the colony are responsible for caring for their nest mates and foraging for food. 

When a worker ant finds a food source, they leave a trail of pheromones for the other ants to follow. Infestations can be challenging to eliminate because the thousands of ants in the colony have clear directions to find their way into your home and directly to food. Contact The PEST Group today to learn how our services can ensure the eradication of ants and prevent reinfestations.

Ant Problems: Ants In The Home Can Be More Than A Nuisance

Ant infestations are always a nuisance, but many people don't realize the extent of the problems they can cause. The following list describes some of the issues that can common species can cause:

  • Carpenter ants in your house excavate wood to create nests that can reduce the structural integrity of your home.
  • Most species of ants can contaminate food and surfaces.
  • Harvester and fire ants can cause painful stings, and some people are allergic to their venom.
  • Pharaoh ants can spread pathogens like strep, staph, and salmonella.

If you aren't sure of the type of ants you have or need assistance eliminating them, the pros at The PEST Group are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our ant control solutions or to schedule your free inspection.

Ant Prevention Is Key: Effective Tips And Tricks

The most effective form of ant control is taking proactive steps to avoid attracting them and eliminating potential entryways around the house. Here are some practical ant prevention tips and tricks you can start using right away:

  • Seal cracks and crevices with silicone caulk.
  • Repair moisture issues and replace any wood with water damage.
  • Keep eating areas tidy, clean up spills and crumbs, and vacuum frequently.
  • Store food in pest-proof glass or plastic containers.

Contact us today at The PEST Group to learn more about our preventative ant pest control services. Our pest management professionals can also help you determine what factors on your property may attract ants and suggest areas needing attention. 

Professional Assistance: Vital To Total Ant Control

Professional ant pest control services can help you to eliminate an infestation quickly and prevent future problems. The pros at The PEST Group use the most up-to-date products and solutions to ensure your ant problems are over. Contact us today to request your free inspection and say goodbye to ants for good.

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