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Ant Control & Extermination

Spoon of sugar covered with ants

Eliminate Ants From Your Home

Did you know more than 700 ant species are found in the U.S.? The good news is that only about 25 species commonly infest homes. Pest Exit is your go-to for ant control to ensure none of those species are living inside your home or business.

Ants will eat pretty much any food but are particularly attracted to sweets. This means you will likely find ants in your kitchen or dining area, especially if food or food waste is left out. Ants are also found in bathrooms, as these areas provide access to moisture. If left alone, ants can quickly become a nuisance, and some species can damage your home, which is why ant control is essential to keeping your home in working order.

Ants are easily identified due to their distinct body regions: head, thorax, abdomen, and antennae. Despite similar construction, different species of ants vary in overall appearance. Know what to keep an eye out for in your home by becoming familiar with the species in your area so that you can quickly schedule ant extermination if you have a problem.

Common Types of Ants:

Acrobat Ant

Argentine Ant

Carpenter Ant

Crazy Ant

Field Ant

Ghost Ant

Harvester Ant

Leafcutting Ant

Little Black Ant

Odorous Ant

Pavement Ant

Pharaoh Ant

Pyramid Ant

Red Fire Ant

Thief Ant

White-Footed Ant

Yellow Ant

Although they are small, ants can pose a significant threat, especially when many colony members infest your home. Untreated ant populations can contaminate your food through the bacteria they carry, and some species may damage the structure of your home. That means if you see ants or signs of ant activity, you shouldn’t wait to call Pest Exit for ant extermination services. 

Living and working in large colonies, ants can quickly grow into an infestation unless dealt with quickly. Because ants are social insects, their colonies can house up to hundreds of thousands of individuals, so you’ll likely see more than one at a time. 

However, if you see only one, it is typically the scout ant, indicating that more arts are following. Ant extermination is a surefire way to prevent an infestation from settling in your home and returning once dealt with.

To help keep your home ant-free, follow these tips:

  • Seal cracks and crevices around the home
  • Dispose of garbage regularly and use trash cans with a sealed lid
  • Promptly clean up food and drink spills (and crumbs)
  • Store sweets such as honey and sugar in sealed containers
  • Eliminate excess moisture, repair any leaking pipes 
  • Remove debris and excess vegetation from your property to reduce potential nesting sites

If you find signs of an ant infestation in your home, contact the experts at Pest Exit. Our technicians will be able to inspect your home, perform proper ant species identification, and recommend the proper course of treatment for ant control.