Ants! How Do I Get Rid Of Them?

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Ants play an important role in the environment but they are considered pests when they invade the house. Ants enter the house in search for water, food and shelter. Ants are one of the most common and frequent insects inside the house.

There are various types of species of ants that enter your home. Each type of ants have different characteristics and may require different approach in controlling them. The most common house ants that invade the homes in Southern California are Argentine ants but we also see carpenter ants, pavement ants, acrobat ants, and fire ants just to name a few. To identify what type of ants you have in your home, snap a picture of them up close and let Admiral Pest Control identify them for you at no charge. You can do this by texting a photo to us @ 562-925-8308.

It is very frustrating to control ants in the home. You should distinguish the type of ants in your home before attempting to get rid of them. You must also be aware of when to seek professional help in dealing with your ant problems. For example, Fire Ants should always be handled by a professional since they can be dangerous and difficult to control.

Ants are social insects. A group of ants is called a colony. One colony may have hundreds to million members depending on the species. Each colony has different ant personalities with different roles and responsibilities. Each colony has a queen that lay eggs. Other members are the “worker ants” that work to get food for the group. In searching for food, they follow a certain trail that they follow to and from their “home”. Winged ants are called “swarmers”, they are the one responsible to mate to be able to create a new colony. When a swarmer goes out of the nest, it means that there are eggs inside the nest. Ant swarmers look the similar to termite swarmers. The easiest way to tell them apart is ant swarmers have a pinches west and 3 section body whereas termite swarmers have a thick waist and a 2 segment body. The wings of ants are different in sizes – front wings are bigger than the hind wings while in termites, all wings have the same size. Also, ants’ antennae are bent while it is straight on termites, but this can be hard to tell without the use of a magnifying glass.

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