Outside, we see ants working on our driveways and sidewalks. Ants are a model of ingenuity and activity. Sometimes you can’t help but wonder how an ant can carry such big pieces of material. We are okay with ants outdoors, but we are not all right when it comes to ants in our Jacksonville homes.
Waking up to ants in your bed or seeing them crawl over the floor in the kitchen is bothersome. If you have ants in your house, you need the Jacksonville pest control experts from Trad’s Pest Control. For over 50 years, we have been serving our community; we have plenty of experience eliminating ants from local homes.
The Types Of Ants That Invade Properties
There are thousands of ant species, and seven dominate the Jacksonville area. When you see ants in your house, they are probably the following: acrobat ants, carpenter ants, crazy ants, fire ants, ghost ants, pharaoh ants, or white-footed ants. These Florida insects enter homes searching for food, water, and shelter.
The Problems Ants Can Cause On Your Property
Each ant species creates its own set of problems for Jacksonville homeowners. Fire ants in Florida build large mounds next to the foundation or landscaping. Fire ants rush out of the nest, sting perpetrators disturbing their nest, causing painful welts on the skin. Multiple stings from fire ants can cause severe allergic reactions and, in rare instances, death.
In some cases, there is confusion between ants vs. termites because ants, like the carpenter ant, can affect the wood structures in homes like the drywood or subterranean termites. Carpenter ants bore smooth tunnels through rotting wood to create their nests. The tunnels weaken the wood and, over time, may cause significant structural damage.
Like some other ant species, acrobat ants are bugs that look like flying termites from mid-June to early fall. Just like termites, winged ants swarm out of the nest in search of locations for new nests. Acrobat ants cause problems for Jacksonville homeowners because they strip insulation from wiring producing short circuits and creating a potential fire hazard. Carpenter ants, fire ants, ghost ants, crazy ants, and other ant species swarm and create confusion about whether the house has flying ants or termites.
The Best Way To Protect Your Home From Ants
To safeguard your Jacksonville home from ants, you need a local pest control service from Trad’s Pest Control. We determine which ant species is causing the infestation on your property, develop an appropriate treatment strategy, and proceed to eliminate the problem. In addition to the initial treatment, we will follow up to ensure the elimination of the pest problem.
Five Natural Ways To Keep Ants Away From Your Property
While the qualified and experienced ant control team from Trad’s Pest Control is the best way to protect your home, these five tips are actions you can take to discourage an ant infestation on your Jacksonville property:
- Remove debris like leaf piles, old logs and stones, tires, and piles of trash from your property.
- Trim shrubs away from the home’s exterior.
- Close the lids on inside and outside trash cans after each use.
- Seal openings leading into the house.
- Store food in sealed containers.
Ants are attracted to warmth, shelter, and food. By keeping the house clean, you eliminate the food attraction. Eradicating yard debris and sealing entry points into the house restricts potential areas for shelter. These natural steps will remove all attractions to your property and your home.
Ants in Florida are a problem, and Trad’s Pest Control is the solution to the problem. Contact us today and set up an inspection. Don’t spend another day battling ants in your house.