Ants – What Are They?
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Ants in Denver, Colorado and throughout the United States are members of the Formidable family, a social insect family. Ants generally live in large colonies, burrowing holes underground to make way for quick escapes and safe shelters. According to research, there are between 12,000 and 14,000 ant species, with the latter being more accurate. Ants are very easy to identify, with their unique antennae and body structure. The ant’s body is slender to ensure easy access to small underground burrows.
Why Do I Have An Ant Infestation?
Worker ants are tenacious insects that spend most of their time foraging for food and creating underground shelters for the queen and the young ants. Ant colonies are comprised of worker ants, the queen ant, baby ants, sterile female ants, and winged females and males. Ant colonies are large enough to comfortably house thousands of ants or only a few. The colony will continue to expand as long the worker ants can access the survival essentials – food. When food is scarce outdoors, the worker ants will make their way indoors, where food is oftentimes plentiful. These tiny insects will not hesitate to access indoor food sources through small crevices, cracks, and other openings.
Are Ants Dangerous?
Ants, in general, pose no risk for humans, animals, or plants, However, they can leave devastation in their paths inside your home. They will do whatever is necessary to access food sources. If it means chewing through thin cardboard boxes and plastic bags, it means chewing through cardboard boxes and plastic bags. Fortunately, social ants do not carry diseases that can spread to humans and animals.
Ant Infestation – Eradication Options?
Ant infestations are not the easiest to eradicate. In fact, large colonies of ants require more extensive eradication measures than some other pest infestations. The biggest problem with ant infestations in their advanced underground shelters, which are divided into networks. Each network houses one or more nests of ants, making them even more difficult to eradicate. A licensed, experienced exterminator will not have any issues finding every network in the ant’s underground shelter. A thorough inspection is a solution to finding these hard-to-locate networks. A combination of treatments works better than a single treatment to eradicate ant infestations. Contact us to learn more about our ant pest control solutions.
Ant Infestation – DIY Options
Yes, it is possible to eradicate ant infestations with the right products and techniques. However, these will only work for mild ant infestations. Moderate and severe ant infestations are comprised of more extensive ant colonies, making them much more difficult to eradicate with DIY insecticidal techniques and products. It is crucial to follow the manufacturer’s application directions to a tee when utilizing over-the-counter ant insecticides and traps.
Is Ant Treatment Harmful?
Colorado extermination contractors utilize special techniques to protect their customers and assets from all potential damage risks. These techniques and products have been approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA oversees the production and distribution of extermination products, such as insecticides and pesticides. EPA-approved ant control products have been deemed safe for the environment, humans, animals, and plants when administered properly.
Ant Infestation Prevention
It is not that easy to protect a building structure from ant infestations. However, with diligence, patience, time, and the proper prevention measures, it is possible to seal off your home from the most diligent ants. The best place to start is by filling in access points into your home. These could be anything from a tiny crevice to a large plumbing pipe opening. Utilize caulk and other types of sealants to close off all openings to prevent future access to ants. It is also possible to place ant traps on the exterior of your home.