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With ants, it’s all about controlling the population before it grows out of hand. This is harder to accomplish than most would think thanks to the sheer number of ants in a colony as well as their ability to hide. However, it’s important to remember that different species of ants represent different levels of concern and threats.

a fire ant on the ground

Some common ants in Plano include:

  • Carpenter ants: As a rule, these ants are predominantly black though they can have other colors such as red and yellow mixed in with the black. They are the largest ants known to infest people’s homes in the United States. They are most known for their ability to cause property damage due to nesting in the wood that makes up the structure of the home.

  • Fire ants: These dark reddish-brown ants can grow up ¼ of an inch long. However, it’s their sting that people remain wary of more than anything else. This ant is extremely aggressive and will attack rapidly and in large numbers.

  • Sugar ants: Also known as the pharaoh ant, this red-colored ant is known to carry a range of bacteria on their body, which makes them an ant to take note of less you’re faced with contaminated surfaces and food.

Keep in mind that ants never travel alone. There’s always a colony. The trick with ants is to employ ant prevention techniques to ensure your home isn’t overrun.

Less Than Fully Effective DIY Ant Control

There are several things you can do to prevent an ant infestation. However, once the infestation has occurred, it’s next to impossible to perform any effective DIY ant control. Some of the reasons DIY falls short include:

  • Different species: We mentioned the different species for good reason. Every different type of ant acts and responds differently. As such, it really takes the help of a pest control company trained in ant control and the different species of ants.

  • Home remedies don’t work: Admittedly some like white vinegar or cinnamon seem to have an effect, but the results don’t last long at all. Ultimately, there is no hack available to ensure full ant control. It takes a concentrated effort backed by the appropriate resources and tools.

  • Treat what you see: Ants hide in colonies. They only leave to find food and resources. For this reason, the ants you see are never all of the ants that exist on the premises. Instead, there are hundreds of not thousands of ants ready to take over where the first ants left off. DIY methods are only good for handling the first wave, which makes the treatment less than effective.

A Tried and True Process From All-Safe Pest & Termite

At All-Safe Pest & Termite, we know what it takes to deliver ant control results to our customers in the Dallas-Fort Worth areas. Since the beginning, our mission has been to provide quality pest management services to both residential and commercial customers.

 

Our ant control process is a simple yet effective service that involves three pillars we base every treatment on. We always begin with a thorough inspection. This allows us to identify the type of ant that has invaded as well as where their colonies are based. After we have our information, we deploy proven treatments designed to treat the problem of today while setting you up for an ant-free home in the future. Finally, we employ a follow-up protocol to ensure no ants have slipped through the cracks post-treatment.

 

Do you think you need ant control services? Then give us a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional pest control options or fill out our online form to schedule your free quote.

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