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Saying Goodbye To Uninvited Guests In Los Angeles: A Guide To Get Rid Of Ants

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It is exciting when you have a beloved relative or family friend who lives far away and travels to your home for a visit. You anxiously await the visit, and when they arrive, you enjoy playing games, talking, and sharing life experiences. The day they leave is sad because you may not see them for a long time. On the other hand, when you have someone you do not like visiting or who shows up invited, you can't wait to see them on their way. Pests, like ants, fit into the last scenario. We don't ask them to come into our homes; when they show up, we can't wait to get rid of them. 

The best way to remove these uninvited guests is to secure ant control in Los Angeles from The PEST Group. We provide customized treatment plans that use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies to ensure effective ant removal. 

Characteristics Of Common Ants

Ants are insects with six jointed legs, a three-part body, and two clubbed antennae; they are social insects that live in colonies in the dirt (except for carpenter ants that live in damp wood). 

Because ants live near food sources when they invade a home, you often find them in kitchens behind baseboards, cabinets, and inside appliances. Ants also require water, so they can be found near water heaters, leaking pipes, and in rooms with high humidity (e.g., bathrooms and laundry rooms). Some ant species produce winged reproductives (swarmers) that appear around outdoor lights, windows, and doors at dawn or dusk in the spring or fall. 

The following ant species are prevalent in the Los Angeles area: 

  • Acrobat ant

  • Argentine ant

  • Harvester ant

  • Little black ant

  • Odorous house ant

  • Pavement ant

  • Pharaoh ant

  • Carpenter ant

  • Crazy ant

Although they differ in body color, size, and reproductive habits, they share many of the same characteristics and habits mentioned above. The PEST Group will remove whatever type of ant in your Los Angeles home.

The Problems An Ant Infestation Can Create In Your Home

All ants are a nuisance and an embarrassment. No one likes to have ants crawl across their body while sitting on the couch or lying in bed. Some ants increase their nuisance factor by emitting odors when crushed or threatened. 

Ants contaminate surfaces and food products. When they travel across garbage, dirty floors, animal feces, etc., claw-like appendages on their feet attract bacteria, which transfer to cooking and eating surfaces and exposed foods. 

Because carpenter ants create tunnels in wood to create nests, they can weaken support structures in the home, resulting in damage and financial costs. The PEST Group protects homes and helps you keep your sanity by removing ant infestations from Los Angeles homes. 

Five Naturally Effective Ant Prevention Tips

Once The PEST Group stops the current infestation in your home, we suggest you implement the following to deter ants from invading in the future: 

  1. Repair leaking pipes and plumbing fixtures.

  2. Seal cracks and gaps in the foundation and roofline. 

  3. Vacuum the house regularly.

  4. Clean the dishes before bed.

  5. Store food products in airtight containers. 

When a pest management professional from The PEST Group inspects your home for ant control, we can provide additional suggestions depending on the species. 

The Secret Weapon To Total Ant Control For Los Angeles Homes

The PEST Group is the "secret weapon" at your disposal. We will dispatch a trained pest management professional as part of our ant pest control services to inspect your home to identify entry points, attractants, and the ant species invading your house. We will create a strategic removal plan using environmentally sensitive IPM techniques. 

Contact us today to schedule your free inspection.