We face everyday battles like arriving at work on time. The struggle begins when the alarm clock sounds, and we want to push the snooze button. The fight continues as we drive through morning traffic, navigating construction zones and backups. When we arrive home after work, we face the battle of necessity because we need to do things around the house when we want to sit and watch television. With all these daily battles, the last thing we need is to battle ants in the home.
When you walk into the kitchen to cook breakfast and find a line of ants marching alongside the baseboard, you know you may have a potential battle to fight. Wars involve soldiers, and sometimes we are the fighter (i.e., fighting the alarm clock in the morning), but other times we need others to battle for us. If ants circle the garbage containers, run across the countertops, or stroll on the floor in your house, you need pest control in West Chester from Master Touch Pest Solutions.
Our family-owned and operated company has won untold battles with ants since 1991. Our pest management professionals are the best trained "soldiers" in the pest control industry. We arm our team with the latest technology and knowledge through continuing education. Our pest management professionals have the tools and experience to win the battle against ants in your West Chester home.
We understand homeowners need professional allies to fight against ants like pest management professionals, but at the same time, homeowners want to fight against these intruders too. So, in this article, we will arm you with the knowledge you need to win the battle against ants.
Ant Behavior: Social Hierarchy And Communication
Ants fascinate researchers because of their ability to organize and build massive, complicated nests. While it appears impossible for tiny insects with minuscule brains to accomplish such magnificent feats, it nonetheless happens. How do ants build nests complete with a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers? The answer lies partly in understanding the hierarchy of an ant colony.
A queen ant is at the top of the chain of command. The queen began the colony as a fertilized flying ant that landed, burrowed into the surrounding area, and produced a batch of eggs. The eggs hatched to form another layer in the hierarchy; worker ants. This level of sterile female ants is responsible for the expansion of the nest; they provide the nutritional needs of the colony by foraging for food and tending to the offspring the queen continues to deliver.
Once the nest has enough workers, the queen produces reproductive male and female ants, known as swarmers or alates. Some ant colonies create satellite nests through a process known as budding. In those situations, the reproductive ants mate in the nest; the males die shortly afterward, but the females remain. Although the females may produce a few offspring, they continue to leave the production to the queen. However, if the nest is disturbed, the fertilized females and several sterile workers evacuate the nest to begin new colonies.
Most ants that invade homes in the West Chester area create new colonies through swarming. In this scenario, the queen produces winged, reproductive male and female ants. These ants fly from the nest in the Spring, mate, and find locations to start new colonies. The males die shortly after mating, so fertilized female begins the new group and her reign as the queen.
Like all insects, ants do not have the mouthparts or vocal cords to communicate through speech, so how do they talk to each other when they build or expand their nests? Ants transfer messages through chemicals known as pheromones. When they find a food source, they deposit these chemicals and create a trail for other ants to follow. As other ants travel along the pheromone path, they release chemicals to reinforce the scent. Ants use these chemicals to alert others to danger, calling them to action against a threat.
Ant nests may consist of thousands of worker ants. In the Spring, thousands of swarming reproductive ants fly onto West Chester properties seeking to establish new colonies. If they find entry points and food sources in your home, you soon have a battle to fight. Instead of attempting to fight the war yourself, secure ant pest control near you from Master Touch Pest Solutions.
Ant Problems: Health Concerns And Property Damage
We don't want ants invading our house because they are a nuisance. Watching ants crawl over the kitchen counter when guests come for dinner is embarrassing. It is frustrating when your pet's food bowl is full of ants. When ants crawl over your body while sitting on the sofa, you feel like they are in your hair and on other body parts. Soon, you find yourself tempted to scratch everywhere. Also, you cannot leave fruit or have a bowl of nuts on the end table for fear of ants.
Part of the nuisance factor for some ants is odor. Odorous house ants are one of the types of ants that are prevalent in West Chester homes. These ants release a rotten coconut odor when crushed. Another prominent ant species, pavement ants, form trails to and from food sources inside homes. While their antics are amusing, acrobat ants also form lines to food and water sources. However, these ants go beyond being a nuisance because they may bite when threatened. Furthermore, acrobat ants can strip insulation from wiring and create the potential for short circuits resulting in damaged electronics and expensive repair bills.
Beyond being a nuisance, ants contaminate food and items. Ants have claws on the bottom of each of their six legs which they use to scale walls and climb over surfaces when foraging for food. Because ants are omnivores that eat protein, fat, and carbohydrate-rich foods no matter the location, they often attract bacteria to their claws as they forage. When they move through West Chester homes, bacteria transfer from their feet to utensils, exposed foods, and other items contaminating them.
Master Touch Pest Solutions provides ant control for West Chester homeowners. We don't want you to endure another embarrassing situation from ants in the house, and we want to protect you from odors, bites, and possible property damage from ants.
Ant Prevention Is Key: Effective Tips And Tricks
Although we may wish we could eliminate every ant around a house, that is not possible nor beneficial for our environment. Ants are necessary for our ecosystem, but not inside our homes. While you need the Master Touch Pest Solutions pest management professionals to serve as your front line of protection against ants, implementing these ant prevention tips will ensure ants are no longer a problem:
- Keep indoor and outdoor garbage containers closed
- Remove rotting fruit from the yard
- Eliminate debris and water-harboring overgrowth on the property
- Prune tree branches and shrubs away from the structure
- Repair leaking plumbing fixtures
- Wipe down cooking and eating surfaces after meals
- Store pet food in a container before bedtime
- Wash dishes and store them before the end of the day
- Place food products in airtight storage containers
- Vacuum the house regularly
- Suction cracks and corners when sweeping the home.
Using these home pest control solutions for ants, along with the professional treatments from Master Touch Pest Solutions, is a guaranteed victory in the battle against ants.
Professional Ant Control: Eliminate The Infestation
When you notice ants in the house, you need to act quickly. Many homeowners rush to purchase a store-bought product assuming they can fight the battle without help. While these do-it-yourself products provide an instant sensation of victory as you watch the ants die, they do not stop the next generation from developing in the nests. The ant lines may briefly disappear, but they will soon reappear, and you have another battle to fight.
The best way to win the war against ants is to enroll the ant pest control services from Master Touch Pest Solutions. We will dispatch a licensed pest management professional to inspect your West Chester home. We will investigate the property for attractants, entry points, and hot spots. Our trained pest management professionals will identify the ant species invading your house and develop a targeted, custom treatment strategy to eliminate them.
If ants have already gained a foothold in wall voids, behind baseboards, and masonry inside the house, our initial interior treatment will destroy the current adult population and the next generation in the nests. Our exterior treatment will form a barrier around the home to deter ants from entering. Ongoing service plans maintain the external border, but if it should fail, we offer free re-visits between scheduled service calls.
When you enter the battle against ants, you want a company that has provided ant pest control services near you for over 30 years. You want highly-trained pest management professionals that treat your home with care and respect. Contact us today to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in West Chester and to get a free quote.