When removing ants, the primary focus should always be to get to the root of the problem and remove that first. The root of any problem is the colony itself. As is well known by most people, ants are social creatures that live in colonies. Throughout the day they wander out away from the colony to scavenger the local area. Attempting to kill ants while they are away from their colony will often serve as a futile endeavor and will only provide a temporary fix to the larger issue which is the nearby ant colony itself.
Ants may enter your house foraging for food or seek shelter. Understanding the behavior of ants will help you with the recommended ant control procedures outlined here. Ants enter through the smallest openings, foraging for water or food. They are in search of either sweet based food or protein/grease based foods. Once the ants find a food source, they will leave a pheromone trail for other ants to follow.
Budget Pest Control puts a stop to ants and other micro bug pests by first identifying and removing the root problem which is the colonies and then cleaning up some of the lesser issues which are any additional ants that could be out and about.
Ants have segmented waists and have antennas that are bent and not straight. There are a variety of different ant species but some of the most common are carpenter ants, argentine ants, fire ants, and crazy ants. Understanding what kind of ant you may have is important in figuring out a solution to your ant problem. If you are unsure you can always give us a call. Please see below for some of the most commonplace ants found in Colorado.
The first step in getting your ant problem resolved involves doing an inspection to determine the extent of your ant problem. You can often trace ant trails back to their colonies.
At the colonies, ants are typically hard a work laying eggs and cultivating the growth of their colonies. Our goal at Budget Pest Control is to find these colonies and exterminate them.
Inside a house, inspect along the carpet edges, doors, windows, and all areas of the kitchen. The easiest way to find a trail to the nest is to watch where ants go after reaching the food source. If you are targeting Carpenter ants, inspection at night is more effective since the larger Carpenter ant is nocturnal. You can spot Carpenter ants emerging from damaged wood inside the house, or foraging outside in woodpiles, rotted or water-damaged wood, and tree stumps.
Outside the house, inspect around foundation walls, areas of vegetation, and mulch. Any vegetation found near patios and walls may hide some Ant nests or their trails. Check under any item that is on the ground. Some ant nests are well hidden.