Ants In The House: Understanding the Risks And Health Concerns In Lawrenceville

One of the mainstays in our refrigerators is milk. Can you imagine how cereal would taste without milk? The reason this product has a long shelf-like is due to the work of French chemist Louis Pasteur. While famous for developing the pasteurization of milk, Pasteur proved the existence of germs. Why is that important? Because for millennia, many could not conceive how practically invisible organisms could invade the body and cause disease. Pasteur's work was revolutionary for the world of medicine.

We often discount tiny things as unimportant due to their size. Take ants, for example. These little creatures roam about in our yards and contribute to the ecosystem, but we don't think about them, at least not until they invade our homes. When we see them marching along in a line along the baseboard, we know we want to get rid of ants, but only because we see them as a nuisance; however, ants are more than a nuisance.

If ants have moved into your home, you need pest control in Lawrenceville from ProCare Pest Services. Our commitment to our customers and the local community has enabled our family-owned business to expand to two locations taking care of thousands of customers in less than a decade. When you partner with us to remove ants from your home, you will quickly discover why the best care is ProCare.

Continual education of our technicians and community is part of our commitment to providing excellent service. Please continue to read this article as we unpack information that will guide you as you seek to end the ant problem in your house.

Ant Communication: How Infestations Develop And Spread

an ant infestation in a kitchen

Before examining how ant infestations begin, let's go inside a typical ant colony. Ants are social insects that live in groups in the soil or wood outside the house. In those nests are a queen (s), worker ants, and reproductive ants; reproductive ants may or may not have wings, depending on the species.

Winged male and female reproductive ants are known as swarmers or alates. When the warm air currents of spring arrive, swarmers leave the nest and search for mates and locations. During their flight, the ants search for flying ants from other colonies to mate.

The males fertilize the females and soon fall to the ground and die. The fertilized females continue until they find a suitable future location in the soil or wood (carpenter ants). Upon landing, the female ants discard their wings and create a burrow to deposit the eggs. Sterile worker ants are the first batch of offspring, and when they mature, they expand the nest by creating tunnels and chambers. Worker ants also forage for food for the queen and additional offspring. Once the nest has grown significantly, the queen produces swarmers, and the cycle restarts in a different location.

Some types of ants do not produce winged reproductive ants. In these cases, the male ants (drones) fertilize the females and soon die. When the colony experiences a threat, the fertilized females and an army of sterile workers ants flee the group to begin a satellite colony nearby. This method is called "budding." Ant species that create colonies through budding develop satellites quicker than those that swarm.

Where fertilized females go to begin a new nest depends upon the species. Carpenter ant females search out crevices in damp wood, fire ants prefer warmer dirt next to structures, and pavement ants like to reside in asphalt or masonry cracks. Most ants prefer moist areas with nearby organic plant or animal materials. Once the female lands or travels to a site, she creates a chamber to deposit her eggs. Queen ants that expand colonies through budding already have sterile workers to help forage and raise their young, but the swarmer queen who arrives by herself has to nurture the first batch of offspring by herself.

When worker ants find food sources, they secrete pheromones to guide other ants. If they enter a home and find accessible protein, fat, and carbohydrate sources, they create chemical trails that alert other ants and draw them into the house.

It is beneficial that ProCare Pest Services provides ant control in Lawrenceville because if you use the wrong treatment method, you can end up with a worse situation. For example, treating an infestation by swarming ants differs from one caused by budding ants. If you use the wrong product on budding ants, you will have more nests than when you began the elimination process. Our technicians will identify the ant species in your home to ensure we use the correct eradication techniques.

Ant Dangers: Understanding The Risks Of An Infestation

Ants are a nuisance when they invade a house. They crawl over foods, clothing, furniture, and people. When ants are in your home, you feel itchy because you've had them move across your body, and every time you feel an itch, you think it is an ant. However, ants in a house are more than an inconvenience. 

Ants have claws on their six legs that they use to scale walls and other surfaces. Unfortunately, ants don't walk around only on walls but move across any surface, even those polluted by bacteria. As ant forage in tainted areas, the bacteria sticks to the claws, and when they move through a house, the bacteria transfer to countertops, exposed foods, and other items in the home, contaminating them. 

These are the types of ants in Lawrenceville:

  • Argentine ant
  • Crazy ant
  • Fire Ant
  • Odorous house ant
  • Pavement ant
  • Pharaoh Ant
  • Thief ant

While all these ant types are a problem and contaminate surfaces, some cause additional issues. But, before we discuss the other problems caused by ants, we should mention that the odorous house ant takes the nuisance level a step higher. These ants are particularly onerous because they produce a rotten-coconut odor when squished.

You can identify pharaoh ants by their pale yellowish front end (head and thorax) and dark back end (abdomen). In addition to contaminating items, pharaoh ants spread salmonellosis, staphylococcus, clostridium, and streptococcus. Although they are more problematic for medical and commercial facilities, pharaoh ant swarmers may create new colonies in humid areas in the house if a food source is nearby.

If you notice ants with a grey sheen, extra long antennae, and legs traveling in jerky, erratic motions, you are witnessing crazy ants. Crazy ants establish large nests in outdoor air conditioning units, wall voids, and appliances. When thousands of ants begin chewing on the thinly coated wires on circuit boards, they soon remove the protective coating and expose the wires to each other and moisture from their bodies; short circuits and electrical wires result causing expensive repair bills.

You will know when you've had an encounter with fire ants. These dark reddish-brown ants build large two to four-foot mounds near the foundation, landscaping timbers, trees, and other structures. When they perceive a threat, the ants attack by biting, repeatedly stinging, and injecting the perpetrating with venom. Our bodies react to the foreign substance by triggering histamines resulting in red, itchy, fluid-filled blisters causing pain and discomfort for several days. In some cases, the immune system in some people is overwhelmed, and they experience severe anaphylactic shock.

ProCare Pest Services provides ant pest control services in Lawrenceville. We will stop ants from potentially destroying appliances, harming family and pet members, and creating a nuisance in your home.

Ant Prevention Is Key: Effective Tips And Tricks

No one can prevent ants from swarming onto your property, but there are steps you can take that will discourage them from remaining on your land and entering your house.

These tips will deter ants from infesting your home in the future:

  • Remove debris, junk, and overgrown vegetation around the house
  • Provide drainage for gutters, low-lying areas, and ditches 
  • Prune shrubs and tree branches away from the structure
  • Keep outdoor and indoor garbage containers closed
  • Seal cracks in the foundation and roofline with caulk 
  • Repair the window and door screens
  • Install door sweeps under exterior doors
  • Vacuum the house regularly
  • Suction out corners and crevices between the baseboards, flooring, and walls
  • Repair leaking plumbing and water fixtures 

Incorporating these ant prevention tips after our ProCare Pest Services technicians clear the current infestation will help deter a future ant invasion in your Lawrenceville home.

Professional Ant Control: A Great Way To Keep Ants Out For Good

The best way to remove ants from your home is to use the ant pest control company near you, ProCare Pest Services. When a technician arrives at your location, we will inspect the interior and exterior for signs of an infestation, entry points, and attractants. Using the data we collect, we will present you with a strategic plan that targets the problematic ant species. Upon approval, we treat the home to end the infestation and create a barrier to prevent a future invasion.

Contact us today to learn about our residential and commercial pest control services in Lawrenceville and get a free estimate. The best care is ProCare.

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