Ant Control Services
Seeing the occasional ant in your kitchen may not seem like a big deal, but where there’s one ant, there are usually thousands more. They’re also incredibly difficult to eliminate on your own, as store-bought sprays don’t get to the source of the problem. For ant control services you can rely on, trust Aaliant Pest Control.
Our insecticide treatments are children and pet safe and effective against all types of ants.
Call us at 570-591-8089 to ask about our costs and request extermination. Be sure to ask about our rodent and insect combination special.
Unlike the average house pests, most ants do not carry disease; however, they transmit filth from dirty to clean areas, enter food containers, and multiply into large visible herds if left unchecked.
While some ants are a mere nuisance, others can be damaging to homes and belongings, or simply be unpleasant to have around. The best way to guard your home and health against all of the many pest ants we have in is to reach out to us. We understand the habits and habitats of all of the ants that invade homes.
- Do not kill individual ants as their dead carcass is a food source that will attract other ands to the area.
- Do not spray ants with repellant insecticides. Killing a few ants with repellant poisons will only stimulate the rest of the colony to avoid the area and reproduce even more avidly.
- Do not use boric acid powers. Boric acid powder will become airborne. The dust will settle on your food and irritant your lungs when inhaled.
- Do the dishes regularly
- Wipe down your kitchen counters with bleach every night.
- Clean your room and pick up food wrappers.
- Seal door sills, window sills, and mend broken screens.
- Mop floors with bleach regularly.
- Put food and leftovers, (especially sweets and starches), in containers that seal tightly
- Take out the trash as often as possible.
If you followed all the recommendations and still have ants, you will have to use insecticides. But first you will have to identify the species of the invading ant because some ants are attracted to sweet bait and some ants are attracted to salty bait.
Our Approach To Ant Control & Removal
Ants are a real nuisance to any home or business in Pennsylvania.
With their colonies potentially having members in the millions, killing a few ants here and there isn’t enough.
Aaliant Pest Control can reach the nest with our premium products and completely wipe out ants to keep your home or business from a never-ending production of ants with our annual service program
1. ANT INSPECTION
We’ll perform a thorough inspection in and around your home to determine the type of ant that is invading. Inside, we’ll inspect all carpet edges, doors, windows, kitchen and bath areas to determine the best method of treating the interior of your home. Outside, we’ll check along foundation walls, around doors, windows and eaves to determine possible entry points. We’ll also inspect areas of vegetation and mulch to identify possible harborage areas.
2. INTERIOR ANT TREATMENT
We’ll place professional ant gel baits in areas of activity and trails. Treat all potential harborage areas with a non repellent material to eliminate pests that hide in these areas. This approach ensures the ants exposed to these materials will transfer them back to the active ant colonies that are presently in and around your home.
3. EXTERIOR ANT TREATMENT
We’ll treat all potential entry points with baited material that is designed to transfer back to the ant colonies. Treat around all doors, windows and eaves to prevent exterior ants from entering your home. Next, we’ll carefully apply a non-repellent insecticide around the outside perimeter to stop ants from climbing the exterior. Then we’ll bait shrubs, tree lines, flower bedding, woodpiles and garbage areas around the exterior of your home.
This process will allow the ant population that is currently invading your home to be constantly exposed to a hostile environment to ensure their eradication.
How to Identify the Species of the Invading Ant
There are many species of ants, but only a few types that commonly invade homes in the Pennsylvania area. The common types are described below.
Carpenter ants are large black, brown and red ants 3-4 times larger than the typical house ant. They are the only ant that does not come indoors looking for food. Carpenter ants feed on the bark of trees. They enter homes in winter to escape the cold, they bring their food with them and they emerge in late winter-early spring, when the weather starts to warm. They are a dangerous home invader because they create nests by burrowing into the wooden structures of the house.
Pavement ants are tiny brown ants, which are attracted to sweets. Their colonies are recognized as small sandy hills found alongside pavements or along the foundation of homes. They are commonly lumped together with a variety of tiny black house ants that also love sugar products and also consume scraps of food found around the house. Tiny outdoor ants frequently come in to escape rainy or cold weather. They can migrate through doors, windows or cracks in the walls; once inside, they will live in the walls and come out to forage for food.
Black Odorous House Ants:
Black odorous house ants are tiny black ants that give off a sweet pungent odor when crushed. They are very commonly found in the Pennsylvania area, and they are quick to invade. They are attracted to moist areas such as under leaves, and they periodically swarm in the air and form new colonies. They are attracted to sweets when foraging and salty protein food when breeding. In general they are an omnivorous ant, that will, at one time or another, eat any available scrap of human food.
These ants get their name because of the strong lemony odor they emit when squished or threatened and, perhaps, because of their yellow coloring. Citronella ants are mostly just a nuisance to have around but they can be quite disturbing when they invade in large numbers. No one likes opening a cabinet door to find a food source completely covered in a mass of ants. Also citronella ants, like many other ants, can transfer harmful bacteria to foods and food preparation surfaces. This can lead to household members developing flu-like symptoms.
These tiny ants are fast-moving creatures that move in an erratic pattern (which is how they get the word “crazy” in their name). Commonly found in yards, these ants have no problem invading homes when they find a way inside. Not only can they quickly become a nuisance/disturbance when they invade in large numbers, but they can also be an issue when they get into electronics and car engines.
These ants are found throughout the city and are unique in the way they are able to lift their abdomen up over the rest of their body. Compared to other ants on this list, this type of ant doesn’t usually create much of a problem. Although they can be found in decaying wood around a home, they typically do minimal damage. They are not a significant wood-destroying insect like carpenter ants or termites. And, acrobat ants are not usually found indoors, since they prefer to live outside.
Other Less Common Species of Ants in Pennsylvania:
Argentine ants are a hardy mostly outdoor ant that is found mostly on the West Coast. They are sometimes found in the Pennsylvania area. When foraging for food, they travel along discrete trails that may travel up buildings or into homes. Their trails are the most reliable sign of their infestation This ant is sweet loving. Unlike like most ant species that spread via winged swarmers, Argentine ants spread horizontally across the ground, with mobile queens forming adjacent colonies when prompted by changing weather conditions or over-crowded colony conditions. Their spread can take on gigantic proportions with urban colonies spanning multiple city blocks. If you believe you’ve been infested by Argentine ants call A # 1 Pest Control for assistance.
The Fire Ant:
The Fire ant is a stinging ant found mostly in warmer southern climates.
The Pharaoh Ant:
The Pharaoh ant is a hardy urban ant capable of populating whole city blocks and invading improperly sterilized hospitals. It is one of the few ant species believed to transmit bacterial infection.
Note: The ants you find in your home are members of an invading army coming from a mother colony, usually located within 20-30 feet of the house. Complete eradication of the invaders may necessitate extermination of the mother colony as well.
Effective Ant Eradication
Effective ant eradication requires employment of a combination of strategies that when used appropriately are very effective.
- Sweet loving ants: For common sweet loving ants the best strategy is to spray indoors with odorless, non-repellant insecticide, and to treat locations close to food containing areas and inside cabinets with a sweet based ant gel such as Combat or Maxforce.
- Protein loving or outdoor loving ants: Ants such as the black odorous ant, which are more attracted to protein, can also be killed with odorless, non-repellant insecticide. Areas inside of cabinets can be treated with Combat or Maxforce gel. When treating Carpenter ant invasion, it is necessary to spray around the roof as they usually enter homes by crawling along branches of trees adjacent to the roof. When outdoor treatment is required, either for Carpenter ants or block odorous house ants, a strong protein based insecticide such as Niban can be sprinkled on the ground, close to the mother colonies or along ant migration trails. This is called “broadcast baiting.” Ants take the granules back to the colony where all the members eat the bait and die.
- Ant Bait Stations: Ant bait stations contain a sugar or protein bait combined with boric acid, a slow ant poison. Ant bait stations are placed indoors and outdoors along ant trails. The foraging ants ingest the poison and take it back to the colony, where they regurgitate part of it to provide sustinence for other members of the colony. The remaining ants eat it and die. This is an effective, albeit slow, way to kill invading ants.