Ants are a common pest problem for homeowners in the greater Seattle area. There are more than 700 ant species in the United States, and about 25 of them are commonly found in homes in the Pacific Northwest region. While generally they are just a nuisance, certain species of ants, like carpenter ants, require professional ant control to prevent major, costly damages.
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Here at Eastside Exterminators, we utilize a range of products and practices available to deal with serious infestations in a wide variety of situations. Whether it’s exterminating new ant larvae or eliminating the queen ant, one of our professional ant exterminators will know exactly what it takes to get rid of ALL ant colonies in and around your home.
More commonly known as “sugar ants,” odorous house ants are very small black ants. All of the workers in the colony are the same size (about 2.5 mm). Although they don’t bite, sting, or do any wood damage, odorous house ants can be very annoying as they frequently establish trails along kitchen counters, cabinets, sinks, and baseboards in their search for food. They can also be difficult to eradicate since there can be several (or many) queens in several locations, the workers can all trail together regardless of their home colonies, and the colonies frequently move from place to place, both inside and outside.
When dealing with odorous house ants, it’s generally a bad idea to spray the visible trails with a standard insecticide, as the sudden loss of so many workers tends to put the colonies under stress, which fractures the colony, forcing the queens to take workers & larvae and split up. This means you will have multiple colonies to deal with instead of one. Instead of making the problem worse, it is smarter and safer to hire a professional ant exterminator.
Odorous house ants may be gradually eliminated with a variety of baits, but using baits alone can take an unacceptably long period of time. It is best to use a so-called transfer insecticide, with which the active ingredients are transferred from ant to ant, in conjunction with a baiting strategy. These types of insecticides are not available to the general public.
Many people new to the Pacific Northwest are unaware that termite infestations are actually much rarer here than the rest of the country. Often, people may think they see termites, but they're actually finding signs of carpenter ants.
Carpenter ants are the number-one wood-destroying pest in the Pacific Northwest. If left unchecked, carpenter ant colonies will cause significant damage to sound wood, possibly compromising the structural integrity of a building. Eastside has carpenter ant exterminators that can take care of your problem and give you back peace of mind again.
Moisture ants are usually found in the soil, where they make their colonies in rotting wood. The workers are all the same size (about 1/8“). In the most common species, the workers are a gold/yellow color while in other species, they may be reddish or brownish. Moisture ants are rarely seen foraging on the surface, usually confining their activity to dark, hidden places. They are commonly found during remodeling where water has soaked the underlying wood. The ants will move in and create nests packed with sawdust-like material. Moisture ants are easily distinguished from carpenter ants by size and color and from termites by color (termites are usually creamy white colored).
Although classified as wood-destroying organisms, moisture ants are much less economically damaging than other wood destroying organisms like carpenter ants and termites since they only damage wood that has already been damaged beyond repair by rot. When moisture ants are found in structural wood the most practical solution is to fix the underlying problem that allows water into the area and then replace all of the rotted wood. This eliminates the habitat for the ants. If enough ants are in the rotted area, insecticide could be applied as nuisance prevention.
Moisture ants may also become a nuisance pest when their mating flights occur. During a mating flight, hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of winged males and females emerge from the colonies and fly away. If a group loses its way from the nest to the outside and emerges inside a building, it can be more than a little alarming. This behavior is corrected by the application of a standard insecticide wherever they are emerging, and/or by chemically blocking the ways they get to those areas.
Pavement ants are beneficial insects, and rarely (with one exception) invade structures in any significant numbers. They are tiny black ants. In cases where just too many of them are being found in an area where they are not wanted, the numbers may be controlled by the application of a residual insecticide.
One local sidewalk ant species may become an interior pest, sometimes invading structures in great numbers. These ants are very small, about the size of odorous house ants but slenderer; the head is as large as or larger than the abdomen. When inside, they are usually found along baseboards or the edges of hardwood or tiled areas.
The best method for control involves the use of a transfer insecticide — these types of products are not available to anyone without a pest control license. If you see them, it's time to call your local ant exterminators at Eastside Exterminators.
Almost everyone has dealt with an ant infestation before. Sometimes the sheer number of them can be overwhelming for a homeowner. With our professional ant control in Puget Sound, we hope to put you and your family back at ease in your home.
Our exterminators have the knowledge and experience to deal with all the common ant problems. We employ ant control techniques that work quickly and are safe for your family and the environment. Not only will we clear the infestation, but you can count on our team for regular ant control services to keep them out and away from your home.
Our work is carried out every step of the way by technicians who are the best at what they do. When it comes to keeping your family and property safe, it’s vital to consult a professional, When you call on Eastside Exterminators to deal with ants on your property, you can rely on our exterminators to:
Inspect: A pest management professional will conduct a thorough top-to-bottom inspection of your property to assess the extent of the infestation.
Identify: Upon tracking down the source of the infestation and any damage done, we’ll determine the ant species you’re dealing with.
Treat: We will implement extermination and exclusion techniques as necessary to safely and quickly remove the infestation from your home.
We’re proud to be a company comprised of specialized and highly trained technicians. All of our exterminators have had extensive training in their division of work to provide services of the utmost quality for you. When you team up with us at Eastside Exterminators, you team up with local experts that have been certified and are members of leading pest control associations that promote dedication, quality, integrity, and more.
Because we’ve been serving the Seattle area for over 50 years now, Eastside Exterminators excels at clearing ant infestations with ant control techniques that really work. Therefore we use our tried and true techniques and the latest technological advancements side-by-side for a complete solution for our customers.
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