Ants build nests in soil, producing characteristic mounds while others nest in homes behind moldings, baseboards, counter tops, and similar places. Still other ants nest in decaying or moisture damaged wood. Ants feed on different types of food, including starches, meats, fats, and sweets. Many ants also feed on honeydew, a sweet liquid produced by aphids and scale insects.An Ant exterminator uses Knowledge of ant food and nesting preferences which is very important in controlling ant colonies.Damage from ants varies. Most are primarily a nuisance and cause little damage. Some, such as sugar ants(little black ants), may infest food. Others, like carpenter ants, can weaken wood in structures. Generally, there are no disease problems associated with ants. In hospitals, Pavement ants(sugar ants) can transmit disease organisms, such as Staphylococcus.
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Trying to discourage ants from invading the home can be frustrating. Proper food storage and waste management will reduce the food that often attracts workers indoors. Clean all kitchen surfaces, vacuum daily, and rinse recyclable containers before storage. Ant trails can be temporarily disrupted with a mild solution of vinegar and water. Sticky barriers are commercially available materials, such as sticky pads or glue boards, or water moats containing soapy water, can be used to prevent ants from reaching plants or food source in the kitchen.
Expert ant control exterminators discuss various way to getting rid of ants in homes. Ants usually take regular routes to and from their nest and the food source by establishing a chemical (pheromone) trail. The nest may be found by watching where the ants go; for some ants, such as carpenter ants, this works best at night. If the nest is discovered, it can be treated or removed (in the case of rotted wood).
Cracks and crevices should be sealed to eliminate passages into the home. If you do not seal entry points, ants will probably find their way into your house at some later time.
Scrub around entry points with a detergent (to remove the trail pheromone) and spray a residual insecticide around entry points.
There are some types of ants that actually establish a nest inside homes or buildings instead of merely entering to forage for food and returning outdoors. Ants in this category may be present year round, although they will be more active in the warmer months. Ant species that may live in seattle homes include Moisture ants, odorous house ants, pavement ants, pharaoh ants, also commonly know as the little black sugar ants, and carpenter ants. All of these ants may infest food products. Spraying a residual insecticide to control foraging workers may provide only short-term control. Even when over 99 percent of foraging workers are killed by insecticide sprays, the colony may rebuild to its original numbers. Location and total destruction of the nest is the most direct way to eliminate this ant infestation.
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