Living in Florida has many wonderful benefits, including great scenery and weather. The mild winters and hot summers also provide the ideal conditions for pests like ants. Keeping these pests out of your house can be a major headache. Although these insects normally live in sheltered locations outdoors, they will invade your house to gather food and establish a colony inside if they find the right conditions.
Common Ants in Florida
Three common ant species in Florida include ghost, carpenter and pharaoh. Smaller than many other species, ghost ants are light in color. In addition to traveling very fast, they have a keen sense of smell. Ghost ants are attracted to open containers of sweet food. Their jaws can break through some lightweight packaging. Carpenter ants build their nests in the voids of walls, floors and ceilings. They gnaw through wood, which can damage structural elements. Yellow or reddish in color, pharaoh ants seek sweet and fatty foods. These ants are known for their ability to spread harmful pathogens like Staphylococcus between humans. Fire ants are also common in Florida. A persistent nuisance, these ants can deliver a painful bite that can lead to a life-threatening allergic reaction.
These frustrating pests can enter your home through minute cracks as they seek food and water. Scout ants leave an invisible chemical trail containing pheromones that produce a scent for other ants to follow. Ants are social insects that can create a nest containing up to half a million inhabitants year-round anywhere in your home. While workers survive up to seven years, the queen may live as long as 15. The nest can be situated in and around foundation walls, under a concrete slab, in rotted window frames and behind kitchen cabinets.
Why Call a Professional
It is difficult to eradicate an infestation because you must kill the queen, which is typically hidden within the colony. Commercially available one-size-fits-all over-the-counter treatments may be ineffective because these readily available products do not contain the active ingredients available to professional pest control companies. Storing these products can be hazardous to pets and young family members.
Our team has the expertise to identify ant species infesting your home and to locate their colony. Experienced technicians use this information to develop a targeted approach that eliminates the infestation. We can provide tips on how to keep ants from gaining access to your property, such as sealing likely points of entry with caulk. You can also learn how to eliminate sources of food and water. For more information on how to control ants or to schedule a pest control appointment, contact Impact Pest Elimination. Our professional team can handle all your pest control needs.