Many species of ants are found in California. To a lot of people, ants are the most annoying pest in California. They can enter your home or building through a variety of methods. Ants are social insects that build, expand and manage their colonies. A colony of ants may have thousands to millions depending on the species and maturity.
It is difficult to keep ants under control in California because they are constantly moving and creating new colonies. However, we can help you keep them away from your property or business with effective treatments that can be customized to suit your needs.
Food is the most common cause of ant infestations. Food is easily found indoors so ants are often attracted to homes and buildings. They love sweet foods and pet food, and they can easily find their way into homes through cracks or crevices.
California is home to many common ants such as crazy ants, pavement ants, and big-headed ants. The species of ant they are attracted to and the maturity of the colony will determine their attraction to various types of food.
The first step in any treatment plan is to find the source of the ants. We inspect the area to find out where the ants are coming from. This can be done by following the trails of ants. These trails will take you to the colony’s surface opening. Customers often tell us the location of the most ants. We may use baits or non-repellent chemicals to locate colony entrances.
Baits: These lures are used to attract ants to eat the bait. Baits are used to attract foraging ants back to their colony. The colony then returns the bait to them, and they continue to share the bait with other ants. Baits attract more ants than initially thought, which can lead to an increase in ant activity. Because the active ingredient is slow-acting, untraceable, the ants have ample time to spread it throughout the colony until it reaches the queen who then eliminates it.
Non-repellents: Because ants can’t detect non-repellent items, liquids can be applied to the colony’s entry points. The liquid can be applied at the colony’s entrances. This allows the ants to pick up the product as they forage, and then bring it back in when they return. The queen will eventually be exterminated when the colony is infected by the non-repellent material.
After applying bait treatments, most homeowners notice an increase in ants. Although this can seem alarming, it is actually a good sign. This indicates that the treatment is effective. The baits are more attractive to ants who return them to their colony to continue to share them with others and eventually, the queen. The baits are durable so the ants can return the bait to their colony. As the colony dies, homeowners will notice a drop in ant activity. This typically happens in 10-14 days. It will take several treatments, depending on the species and the situation, to eliminate the colony.
Sealing food in sealed containers can help prevent ants from getting into it. Clean up any food crumbs and spilled food. Sealing cracks and crevices around the house is another option. Because of their popularity, ants are known to re-establish colonies around homes and buildings. They are small and agile and will find a way into your home.
Ant Control Sacramento’s goal to eradicate all pests, including those of ants, is our number one priority. We offer a simple guarantee that we will return to service your home if you aren’t satisfied with our service or feel you need more.
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