Ants can be a nuisance because of their odor, stinging and biting, and general infestation of your property. There are eight types of ants commonly found in the Pacific Northwest including moisture ants, pavement ants, and harvester ants. The first step to successfully treating an ant problem is identifying the type of ant and the size of the problem. Ants live in highly social groups or colonies so infestations usually involve a large number of insects. Unless you’re specially trained, finding the source of an ant problem can be tricky since nests come in a variety of shapes and sizes and often hide under foliage or burrowed into wood. Some colonies rely solely on foraging trails and don’t even make nests. For all these reasons, most people have trouble solving an ant problem on their own.
for a one time treatment.
per quarter for our quarterly service.
It is important to note that some ants can be tricky to remove. While most customers only require one or two visits, some situations may require multiple treatments. For long-term control of ants (especially when the nest cannot be located and destroyed) we recommend our quarterly service.
How we control ants
The first step is always identifying the pest, as control measures will differ from species to species. Certain types of ants are easier to get rid than others. In some cases the nests are located outside your property which makes eliminating them a difficult. For stubborn situations we recommend our quarterly service.
- We provide a full inspection of the exterior of your home to check for entry points. We exclude the pest by sealing cracks, crevices, windows and doorways.
- We destroy any visible nests or trails.
- Typically a perimeter spray is needed to prevent re-infestation.
- We apply spot treatments to nests.
- Interior treatment includes the use of various types of baits.
*We offer two types of chemicals; green and organic contact products and more traditional residual products. The contact products kill only ants that come in contact with the chemical. A residual product will target entire nests as the pest will bring the pesticide back to the colony before dying. This means the organic or green products are far less effective and may require multiple visits. We offer this solution, but cannot guarantee results similar to our residual products.
What you can do to control ants
- Make periodic checks for damp or decaying wood.
- Keeping areas free of exposed stored food, or pet food.