What are Ants?
Ants are six legged social insects that can be found almost anywhere on the planet. There are 455 types of ants in North America alone and they can be identified by their elbowed antennae and a distinctive node-like structure that forms a slender waist. Ants prefer cool and damp locations and live in large and complex colonies that can consist of millions. Ants build many different types of homes. Many ants build simple little mounds out of dirt or sand. Other ants use small sticks mixed with dirt and sand to make a stronger mound that offers protection from rain. Some ants also live in wood, like termites. A single queen ant can live for up to 30 years and can lay millions of eggs over her lifetime. Eggs usually develop into full adult ants over an 8 to 12 week time-frame.
What Do I Look For?
Signs of ants include:
- Visual identification of live or dead ants
- Presence of ant mounds or holes in wood
- Large amounts of sand near cracks and crevices
Taking a clear photo or trapping a specimen sample is key to being able to identify the species of ant that you are seeing. In addition, it is important to investigate from where the ants are originating and how they are accessing your living space. In many cases, trimming back bushes and branches near windows is key to eliminating an ant problem in the long run.
How Can M&M Help?
At M&M, we realize that because of their diversity, there is no one single solution for treating ants. M&M offers customized and comprehensive plans to eliminate ants from the interior and exterior of your home.
Our external control plans consists of:
- Bi-weekly Perimeter Control
- Monthly Perimeter Baiting
- Quarterly Perimeter Baiting
Our internal control plans include:
- Initial Knockdown and Control
- Bi-Weekly Inspections and Maintenance
- Monthly Inspections and Maintenance
If you suspect that you might have ants or are at risk for ants, we can arrange for one of our certified specialists to inspect your premises. Our inspectors are available for on-site inspections between the hours of 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday. If you have samples of insects that you suspect might be ants, you can schedule a free insect ID at our office during our regular business hours, Monday to Friday. Proper identification is critical for control.
How Can I Stay Ant Free?
There are a number of different practices that you can incorporate into your daily lives that will help you remain ant-free. First off, make sure to never leave any used food or dishes out for long periods of time. Be sure to clean up after each and every meal to eliminate the existence of crumbs or food remains. It’s also extremely important to clean extensively and frequently. This will help prevent any residual of food odors from having the potential to attract ants.