Ant season is here in Milford. You may wonder how this permanent piece knows what season it is, but in Milford, it is always ant season. Certain species of ants will pop up in homes and businesses any month of the year. That being said, as the temperatures increase, ants become more of a threat and a nuisance. A lot of people will try to treat ants with products you can buy at any hardware store…or gasoline. While the results may look promising at first, it does not provide a long-term solution for ant issues. Many products will typically kill worker ants but do nothing to affect the colony or the queen ant. That is why it is important to know how ants work to develop effective Milford ant control.
What Should I Know About Ants?
One surprising fact most people don’t know is that queen ants can live for up to 30 years! Another surprising fact is queen ants can lay up to 800 eggs a day. A queen ant could be responsible for making over one million ants in its lifetime. Because of this, ants require a food source located nearby in order to fulfill their needs. Local ant control should always include food source reduction.
Certain ants such as Pharoah ants and carpenter ants, love to build satellite colonies. Satellite colonies could be in your yard while the main colony is over in your neighbor’s yard. Killing one colony will not solve the overall issue because there are several other colonies the ants can fall back to, or create a new one.
Ants communicate through chemical trails (pheromones). Once ants have entered your home, other ants will know where to find food because of these chemical trails. They also have an internal motivation system called trophallaxis. As they pass each other on the trail, they will share some of the tasty treats from their mouth with their passing buddy so he knows the goodness in store for him.
Why are Ants So Set on Bugging Humans?
The most serious issue related to ants is food contamination. As ants walk across your floors, countertops, pantries, etc. they carry bacteria from one place to another. Carpenter ants can even cause structural problems in your house. They like to chew on wood to leave tunnels for other ants to access an area. Carpenter ants are plenty abundant in Milford ant control cases. If you think you have carpenter ants, it is important to take care of them sooner rather than later because the cost of evicting them from your home is much less than the cost of replacing the wood they damage.
Keep up the Milford Ant Control Process
It’s important to regularly check for the presence of ants or simply set up a preventative service. This is why we provide our clients with quarterly services (or more often if necessary) for ants and other pests in Milford. Additionally, if something changes before we are scheduled to come back out, we cover that too.
Reach out to a pest specialist to get your customized Milford ant control plan in place so you don’t have to worry about ants wandering in on your picnic or potentially causing damage to your house.