Although there are more than 1,000 species of ants in the United States, most are found outdoors. In Florida, only about 12 species of ants are considered pests. These ants can destroy property, infest foods or harm humans and animals with bites or stings.
Ants are social insects, living in nests that can number thousands of individuals. Worker ants go outside the nest to forage for food to bring back to the queen. Queen ants never leave the nest. Instead, their job is to lay eggs, sometimes hundreds per day. Some species have only one queen per nest. However, others have multiple queens, allowing nests to expand quickly. Queen ants can live more than 10 years and lay thousands of eggs during a lifetime.
In Central Florida, ants thrive because of favorable environmental conditions. Most live outdoors and are beneficial because they aerate soil, control other insects, pollinate plants and distribute seeds to spawn new plant growth. However, some, such as fire and carpenter ants, are destructive or dangerous. When ants invade homes or businesses, they become pests. Professional ant control services are needed to remove them.
Fire ants multiply quickly and inhabit large areas. Nests consist of hundreds of thousands of ants and can be several feet deep. Fire ants will swarm and attack people and pets if they are threatened. Their stings are painful and can be dangerous or fatal. An experienced ant exterminator usually dissuades homeowners from trying to eradicate these ants themselves.
Carpenter ants damage wood by tunneling through it in search of food. They often enter buildings through openings around utility wires and pipes or along tree branches that act as bridges to structures. They can cause extensive damage before you are aware that they are present.
If you see ants in your home or business, killing them does not rid your premises of ants. These ants are workers who carry food back to the nest. The best way to get rid of ants is to remove sources of food and water and block entryways. Using a licensed ant control professional is important. Experienced technicians will identify the species of ant present and devise a specialized treatment plan to eliminate nests.
Integrated pest management uses a multi-step process of identifying the pest, removing sources of food and water and applying chemical treatments as needed. IPM emphasizes using environmentally friendly methods to eradicate nests and prevent an ant infestation from reoccurring.
The technicians at Falcon Lawn and Pest Control work with home and business owners to identify places where ants enter and their sources of food and water. Our recommendations include how to make repairs, how to isolate and contain foods and ways to remove sources of water. These practices deter ant infestations. We also evaluate the unique circumstances of your home and recommend other ways to remove or kill destructive ant colonies.
Our family-owned pest control business has served Central Florida communities since 1969. We know the types and habits of ants and other pests that thrive in the area. As an experienced ant exterminator, we use techniques that remove ants and keep your premises pest-free. We are a member of the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency. Our technicians use procedures and products that minimize harm to the environment.
If you have an ant infestation, we are ready to help. Call today for a free estimate to rid your home of pests.