Ants are a very common pest that get into and infest homes and properties all across the country, including Jacksonville, FL. Since ants are so common, many homeowner tend to believe that they can take care of ant issues on their own. However, this is not a good idea. DIY ant control methods are ineffective and costly with poor results. And did I mention dangerous? Yes, that’s right! Home remedies and over the counter solutions to control these pests can pose major health threats to your family and pets.
Along with giving you information about why DIY ant control methods are not a good idea, the experts at McCall Service would also like to share some helpful information about ants. So here here is the low down on these pests:
Why are ants in the house?
Ants most often make their way into homes when they are foraging for food and water. They will enter into your home through cracks and crevices in your foundation, through gaps around windows and doors, and through small holes found in screens. Once inside, ants will then forage for food and water sources. Food sources for them could be crumbs found behind your kitchen appliances, food that is left out on your counters. Even a small drip from your faucet can provide them with the water they need. They will sometimes also move indoors to seek shelter in extremely hot or cold weather.
Where are ant colonies found?
The first thing that you need to know about ants is that they are very social insects and live in very large colonies. Sometimes these colonies have millions of members in them! Since they live and work together in such large numbers they need multiple nesting areas. Most ant colonies have several nesting areas and queens that live in those nests. Depending on the species, ants will create their nests in hollow logs, in the cracks of pavement, under the ground, and even behind the spaces in your walls.
Now that you know a bit more about ants you may be starting to understand why DIY ant control really is not effective. As a homeowner, the ants that you see foraging in your home are really just the tip of the iceberg. Treating your home for just the ants you see inside will do nothing to treat the root of the problem (nesting areas) and very soon you will see more ants in your home.
Besides not being effective, DIY ant control can also be very dangerous to you, your family and pets. Pesticides that are bought from stores that are not mixed or used properly can lead to serious poisoning and other health problems for you and your pets.
If you find yourself with an ant problem in your home this spring or summer, contact the Jacksonville pest control experts at McCall Service. Our professionals will be able to provide you with home pest control services. We will be able to locate and treat all of the nesting areas located on your property or in your home, along with eliminating the foraging ants found within your home. Ants in the house are no joking matter! For more information on these pests and how to control them effectively, give us a call today!