Ant Infestations On the Rise

Posted: June 1, 2012 in Home Repairs, Pest Control
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Scientists estimate there are at least 1.5 million ants on the planet for every one human being.

More than 12,000 species of ants are known to exist and are on every continent except Antartica.  Most live in tropical regions and a single acre of Amazon rainforest can house 3.5 million ants.

That’s the world … but what about your house?

The most common ant infestations in the home are from carpenter ants, odorous house ants and pavement ants.  Carpenter ants can cause significant damage to your home as they dine on it.

They are typically black or bi-colored and have exceptional trailing capabilities, often creating small paths in grass as they move back and forth from their nests to satellite areas.

While they switch their food preferences seasonally, they leave behind consistently coarse frass (sawdust-like residue) below where they are excavating their galleries.  These galleries appear as smooth, hollowed wooden chambers.

Because they exhibit nocturnal behavior, home owners who encounter the damage done by carpenter ants often find, in the morning, small piles of what looks like sawdust under an excavated area … perhaps where they had already swept up a similar pile the day before.

Generally, over the counter products are not sufficient in treating these infestations and professional pest management specialists should be contracted to remove them … hopefully before serious structural damage to the home has been done.

While one out of three pest control contractors named ants as “the most difficult pests to control” in a recent survey published by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), they have the means to enact the most effective methods.  Surveyed pest control specialists predicted that ant control would account for as much as 48% of their revenue this spring and summer.

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