Ant Control

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Ant control

Ants are highly socialized and organized six-legged insects that exist in colonies. They are found on every single continent except for Antarctica – common pests for businesses, farmers, landowners, and homeowners across the globe. This is why starting with the right type of ant control services is critical for a long term solution.

Ants are adaptable, resilient creatures and have been around for millions of years. Colonies can vary in number from hundreds to millions, and each ant has a specific job: queen, soldier, worker or drone. But no matter their classification, they all unite to defend the colony, swarming over attackers. A single ant can carry objects much larger than itself.

The stubborn nature of ants makes them some of the most difficult pests to get rid of in commercial settings. Some can survive even if parts of their bodies are damaged and others can last for weeks without food or water. Rentokil specialists have years of experience in ant removal and are experts in finding nests, removing infestations and creating barriers to prevent them from returning. Call Rentokil at 800-837-5520 to talk to an expert about ant control or contact us online.

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Negative effects of ants

Ants are industrious and breed fast. That's why a few ants found inside your business can quickly become an infestation. Their small size enables them to get into almost anything from desks drawers, pantries, cupboards to food and food containers. Ants leave behind chemical trails that attract more ants, and soon you have lines of ants walking through your building.

Depending on the species, ants can cause varying degrees of trouble:

  • Property damage - This is particularly true of carpenter ants that bore into wood and weaken wooden structures.

  • Stings - In the case of Red Imported Fire Ant, this can be a particular danger. They have spread across the country and can inflict painful stings which can be life-threatening for those allergic. Many assume that fire ants only bite, but in reality, fire ants bites are actually stings. They first bite to anchor themselves and then sting their victim to inject a mild venom.

  • General nuisance - There's simply nothing attractive about having ants all over your business. An infestation can be perceived to indicate an unclean environment, potentially tarnishing your company’s reputation.

Signs of an ant infestation

If you’ve seen a few ants scuttling around on the floor, they might be just having a look around. However, they might be the sign of a larger ant infestation.

Live ants - If you’re seeing large numbers of live ants then you may have a problem. If you find them in your kitchen areas or break rooms where food is prepared, then you need to take action to prevent them from entering.

Ant trails - A line of ants traveling in or out of your business is another sign. Some types of ants will lay down a pheromone trail to a food source. This chemical attracts other ants to find the food.

Ant nests - A nest site can look like a small pile of soil or dirt. Some species of ant like to make their home in walls or other quiet, dark places, which are more difficult to spot.

DIY products may help you get rid of small garden ant infestations. But for other species or larger ant infestations in your business, you should get in touch with our experts. Our pest control technicians understand the habits of different types of ants and can offer the most appropriate and effective solution. All of our treatments are safe for your staff and customers.

Signs of carpenter ants

There are a number of signs that may indicate a carpenter ant problem in your business.

Winged carpenter ants (swarmers) - These emerge around baseboards, window casings or vents, usually in spring or summer. If you see more than 20, it may indicate the presence of a large colony.

Noise - If you hear a crunching sound it could be the sound of rustling from their nests in the wood of your business. Nests are usually built in wood structures and can also be found in wall or ceiling voids.

Sawdust - As nests become established in wood, carpenter ants often leave behind a trail of sawdust, which usually leads back to the nest.

Damaged wood - Carpenter ants tunnel through wood to create their nests, creating ‘galleries’ in wood, which have a clean, smooth and sandpapered appearance.

Ant prevention

If you’ve spotted ants in your business and you're worried you might be at risk of an ant infestation, you can put in place some simple ant deterrent measures. The checklist below will help you keep your property free from ants, or make sure your infestation doesn’t grow.

Most ants only come indoors to look for food. They are attracted to anything that’s sweet and sticky, which is why you find ants in kitchen cupboards or areas where food is kept. With that in mind, it’s important to not leave temptation in their path. To get rid of ants you must remember to:

  • Clean up food and liquid spillages immediately.
  • Sweep up any food crumbs from under your kitchen appliances and units.
  • Store food in airtight containers wherever possible.
  • Block off entry points for ants by sealing all cracks and crevices around doors and window frames.
  • Seal containers tightly, especially compost and garbage bins.
  • Cover food in common areas or other places food is stored.

Ant control and treatment solutions

The type of ant that is invading your property, the location of their trails, the type of structure they are infesting and the needs of your business all factor into the types of treatments or ant control experts recommend.

Our pest control specialists understand the habits of different types of ants and can offer the most appropriate and effective solution to help you not only get rid of ants but keep them away. Call Rentokil today at 800-837-5520 to talk to an expert about ant control or contact us online.

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