Ants are a very social insects. They live and work together in very large colonies. Ants divide themselves into different castes within the colony; workers, soldiers and reproductives. Ants will become problematic in homes when they build nests inside, or make their way inside to forage for food and water. Once they get into your home they can be very difficult to eliminate.
Three of the most common types of ants found in the area include:
Pavement ants- They are a small ant, brown to black in color. Pavement ants build the entrance to their nesting areas between the spaces in pavement, sidewalks and in gaps between landscape pavers and bricks. They will enter into homes in very large numbers searching for food.
Carpenter ants- They are a large species of ant that are black in color. They do not eat the wood, they invade the wood to create tunnels to make their nesting and hibernation areas in. They are particularly drawn to wood that is unstained, unpainted or that has had previous water damage. Carpenter ants left untreated can cause significant damage to the structures of homes and other buildings.
Sugar ants- Sugar ants have a distinctive black head and brownish-orange body. As their name suggests they are drawn to sugary foods, but are omnivores and will feed just as easily on savory items.
Are ants dangerous?
Yes, some types of ants can be considered to be dangerous while others are nuisance pests. There are some species that bite and sting (which can cause problems for some people) and others like the carpenter ant can rend extensive damage to the structure of homes and other structures.
So why do I have an ant problem?
Ants are found in and around properties nesting and foraging for food and water. It is very common to see ants marching across the kitchen floor on their way to or from a food source.
How do you get rid of ants?
If you are having problems with ants in your home contact the exterminators at EnviroPest today. Our home pest control experts will safely and effectively eliminate your ant problems. We also offer commercial pest control services that will take care of ants and other pests that threaten businesses in Northern Colorado.
Is the treatment for ants safe?
Yes, our pest control treatment is safe for your family and pets. At EnviroPest, our focus is on exterminating pest problems using the least amount of chemical possible. In fact, we focus on using Integrated Pest Management techniques that greatly reduce or eliminate the need for conventional treatments.
How soon can you get here?
At EnviroPest, we take all pest issues very seriously and are committed to helping as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.
How much does the pest control service cost?
Treatment cost varies, however you can visit our Colorado’s Choice program page for more information on pest control pricing.
What is the warranty?
Warranty varies due to the severity and possibility of control. Your service technician will discuss this with you before service.
How can I prevent an ant in the future?
Preventing ants from invading your home and property can be difficult but there are some easy things that you can do to help prevent an ant invasion.
Make sure to seal cracks and crevices that are found in your home’s foundation, siding, and around exterior windows and doors.
Keep tight fitting lids on your outdoor trash cans and store them away from the exterior of your home.
Build garden and compost areas a good distance away from your home.
Fix any water leaks both inside and outside of the dwelling. This includes leaky appliances and pipes.
Correct moisture issues by running a dehumidifier or fixing any ventilation problems.
Do not store food out in the open (including on your counters).
Clean up spills and crumbs as soon as they occur.
Regularly remove trash from your home.
Do not let dishes stack up in the sink for any length of time and especially not overnight.