If you've lived in Florida for a while, you've probably had your fair share of ant encounters. These troublesome pests are a big problem in our area, and they can be incredibly challenging to get rid of. If you feel like you are losing the battle against ants in your home or yard, we are here to help.
We'll describe the most common species of ants that invade Sarasota properties and review the risks they pose to your family's health and home. We'll also provide effective tips and tricks the pros use to keep these pests away. Continue reading to learn how to achieve successful ant control in Sarasota with the pest professionals at Westfall's Lawn and Pest.
Types Of Ants: Understanding Common Ant Species
The first step in pest control is proper identification. Learning which species of ant in Sarasota is causing trouble on your property can help you determine their risk and the best way to deal with them. The following list describes the most common types of ants that cause trouble for Sarasota residents:
Argentine ants are between 1/16 and 1/4 of an inch and shiny, dark brown to black. They often travel in long trails and emit a musty odor when crushed.
Carpenter ants are around 1/2 an inch long, red, black, or a combination, and larger than most ants; reproductives have wings.
Ghost ants are hard to see. They are 1/16 of an inch long, have a dark brown head and thorax, pale yellow abdomen and legs, and emit a rotten coconut smell when crushed.
Pyramid ants are between 1/16 and 1/8 of an inch long, brown to reddish-black, with a black abdomen, and the top of the thorax has a pyramid shape.
Red imported fire ants are between 1/8 and 3/8 of an inch long, dark reddish-brown, and have a stinger on the hind end.
Ants live in large colonies containing thousands of individuals, and infestations can become severe quickly. If you see any of these ants in your home or a species like fire ants in the yard, contact us at Westfall's Lawn and Pest for assistance in eliminating them.
Ant Problems: Health Concerns And Property Damage
Ant infestations are always annoying, but many species can cause more significant problems. Ants can crawl over garbage and decaying animals while searching for food, and when they enter the house, they can contaminate your food and surfaces with bacteria. Fire ants can be aggressive, especially if you approach their nest, and they can sting multiple times and inject venom that some people are allergic to.
When carpenter ants invade, they build galleries in the wood, which, over time, can weaken the structural integrity of your home. Pyramid and fire ants build unsightly mounds in the yard, can ruin landscaping, and will make lawn care a challenge.
Whichever species you have on your property, the pros at Westfall's Lawn and Pest can help you eliminate ants and prevent another infestation. Contact us today to learn more about our ant control services or to request a complimentary evaluation.
Ant Prevention Is Key: Effective Tips And Tricks
Proactive prevention is the key to controlling these problematic pests. Here are some of our most effective ant prevention tips and tricks you can start using right away:
Fix any moisture issues like leaking pipes or air conditioning units, and eliminate standing water by emptying flower pots, birdbaths, and baby pools.
Trim back bushes and plants away from the house and remove any branches ants could use as a highway into your home.
Seal cracks or crevices on the exterior of your home with silicone caulk.
Remove and replace any wood that is soft or has water damage.
Properly store food in pest-proof glass or plastic airtight containers.
Clean up crumbs and spills immediately, clean floors and surfaces, and avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink.
Combining your efforts with professional home pest control services is the best way to get rid of ants and prevent another infestation. Contact us today at Westfall's Lawn and Pest with any questions or to learn more about our preventative pest services.
Professional Pest Control: A Smart Ant Control Solution
Professional ant pest control services are the simplest and most effective way to eliminate ants and prevent future problems. For over 20 years, Westfall's Lawn and Pest has been helping our neighbors keep their homes and families safe from troublesome pests. Contact us today to learn more about our ant control solutions or to schedule an inspection.
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