Do you have uninvited pests joining you for dinner?
Ant-infestation is a very common pest problem throughout Central Arkansas. This nuisance can cause pain from stings or damage to your food, home, and office. Ants are social insects that live in colonies, typically found outside and underground. They can enter your home or business through small cracks, in search of moisture as well as food. It is no surprise that bathrooms and kitchens are ants’ two most favored entry points into your home. If they find moisture from a dripping sink or leaky pipe, the ants will continuously return to it. Each colony has a distinctive chemical profile that enables them to recognize other members and helps them to find the end of the trail.
Food is another major attractant of ants. The diet of the ant depends on the species, but sugar and protein are their two main food sources. Prime real estate in your home for these uninvited pests is a dirty kitchen, the trash that is easily accessible, and human or animal food that is left out. Whether their preference is leftover crumbs or the sweet aroma of overripe fruit on the counter, removing food sources can aid in extinguishing the ants.
The Most Common Type of Ants in Arkansas are:
- Fire Ants
- Black Ants
- Carpenter Ants
- Odorous House Ants
Despite differences in species, all ants need shelter. If ants have invaded your home, chances are that something in the surrounding environment has disturbed their colony or food source. Most ants that infest homes make nests inside of walls, though some may live inside rotting wood fixtures or cracked foundations. Some continue to nest outside and enter the home in search of food and water to bring back to their colony. Depending on the species, the invading ants may actually be part of a much larger community or several colonies with related queens that have spread out. Once the ants’ colony has been located, it must be eliminated and their access to the home cut off by sealing cracks and removing damaged fixtures, as well as cutting back leafage that is adjacent to your home.
Professional help is always necessary to tackle tough ant problems. At Clark Exterminating, we know that ants work hard to survive. That’s why you can count on us to do an effective job in eliminating an ant infestation around your Benton, Bryant, Cabot, Conway, Hot Springs, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Malvern, and North Little Rock home or business.