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When it comes to Ant Control services for homes in the Tampa, Florida area there are no good one-size-fits-all solutions. When the average homeowner attempts to remove ants from their home it can typically be easier "said than done", especially once these pests have been allowed to established themselves in your home. That's because there are a wide variety of ant species that are common in the Bay area, some of which require highly specialized ant control treatments
Once one of our professionally trained ant pest control technicians have applied your first perimeter application around your home, you will then experience the ant eradication that one should expect when hiring a professional ant pest control company. Better yet, you will almost immediately begin to experience the results after we apply our first application, as our program specializes in eradicating ants and preventing future ant infestations with in and around your home.
At Nelson's Pest Control, we have the expertise necessary to address all kinds of ant problems such as Ant Control Treatments. Unlike many other pest control companies in the area, we will take the time to fully investigate the nature of your ant infestation and create a treatment solution that is tailored to your unique circumstances. For example, if you have a severe ant problem, such as a super colony, we can provide monthly ant control services that target critical sites of the infestation, and, if necessary, even provide lawn treatments until the problem is resolved.
Fiercely aggressive, they are a menace to humans, pets and wildlife alike. When threatened, a fire ant will latch onto their victim with vice-like jaws and thrust its stinger into its prey, injecting a dose of venom that causes a painful burning sensation. These medium-sized ants are approximately 1/8?1/4-inch long and are reddish-brown to black in color, not red as the name would imply. These ants are capable of ruining crops and destroying landscapes as they greedily devour leaves, seeds, buds and fruits. Other notable features of fire ant workers include:
The ghost ant is a tropical species, found mainly in south and central Florida. In northern states, these ants have been known to survive only in heated buildings and greenhouses. Ghost ants are extremely small and pale in color, which makes them difficult to see. Ghost ants can be distinguished from other ant species by the following characteristics:
Carpenter ants have earned the right to their name. Skilled carpenters, they spend their days building sturdy, efficient homes in moist, decayed or hollowed-out wood, they are often confused with termites. Termites eat wood, while carpenter ants do not. Carpenter ants excavate the wood in order to build their homes.
Since size and color can differ, and because they are often confused with termites, the best way to identify carpenter ants is to look for these characteristics:
The bigheaded ant (BHA), Pheidole megacephala (Fabricius), is a very successful invasive species that is sometimes considered a danger to native ants and has been nominated as among 100 of the "World's Worst" invaders. The Big Headed Ant does not sting or cause any structural damage, and usually does not bite unless the nest is disturbed, and even then, the bite is not painful.
Workers are dimorphic (major and minor workers). The BHA receives its common name from the large-sized head of the major worker, or "soldier." Minor workers are small (2 mm) reddish brown ants. The majors are much larger (3 to 4 mm), but only constitute about 1% of foragers. The front half of the major's head is sculptured, while the back half is smooth and shiny.
The entire body is covered with sparse, long hairs. Workers have a pair of short propodeal spines (spines on waist) facing almost directly upward. There is usually a dark spot on the underside of the gaster.
Crazy ants get their name from the fact that they often look frantic and erratic in their movement, like they are lost, instead of following a defined trail. Crazy ants' legs are extremely long and give it a very distinct appearance. It?s estimated that every year, crazy ants cause more than $146 million in electrical damage. In the United States, the crazy ant has widespread population from Florida to South Carolina and west to Texas.
Argentine ants are readily adaptable and can nest in a great variety of places. They often live in soil, under wood, logs, debris or mulch. They may also nest in cavities at the base of shrubs and trees. Argentine ant colonies are hard to miss due to their massive size. Individually, however, Argentine ants are only 2-3mm long, wingless, and range in color from light to dark brown. Males and queens are slightly larger and darker. The Argentine ant can be distinguished from other ant species by the following characteristics:
* Keep your plants properly trimmed, understanding the new tender growth of plants attracts aphids. These aphids feed on the new tender growth. Throughout their feeding process the aphids then secrete a substance called honeydew. Honeydew is a desirable food source for all ants.
*Make sure your trees are trimmed and branches are not hanging low and onto the roof of your home. Carpenter ants love using this form of path, mainly when oak trees are present.
*Keeping your home clean can help prevent sightings of ants. Having small children may cause this to be slightly more difficult. As with children, particles of food are dropped on the floor, and substances commonly are spilled from children walking throughout the house with their drinks.
To schedule a service call or to learn more about our ant pest control and ant treatments that we provide for homes and businesses, contact Nelson's Pest Control today.
In Tampa and Hillsborough county call (813) 994-1166 or in St. Pete, Pinellas and Pasco county Call (727) 372-1175
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