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Professional Ant Pest Control Cleveland Ohio
Ants are social insects that belong to the Formicidae family. Social insects live in colonies that start out with a few members, continuing to grow into thousands of members. Feeding a large ant colony is a lot of work. In fact, worker ants are continuously foraging for food to keep the queen and larvae thriving. Scientists believe there are between 12,000 and 14,000 Formicidae members, most of which have a tri-segmented body that range between solid black, brown, and reddish/brown.
Why Is My Cleveland Home Under An Ant Attack?
Ants are diligent insects when it comes to the survival of their colonies. Without an adequate food supply, ant colonies will not survive more than a few weeks. Scientists believe ant larvae have endless appetites that need constant feeding. When worker ants are responsible for feeding thousands of colony members, it pays to be diligent.
Worker and swarmer ants do not stray too far away from their colonies. If your home within a few feet of the ant colony, it will become a target. However, the infiltration of ants will not be possible until your home’s pest barrier is vulnerable. Residential and commercial building pest barriers consist of doors, windows, walls, ceilings, and floors, every component needed to keep human and insect intruders out.
Do Worker Ants Carry Diseases And Parasites?
No, Formicidae members do not transmit diseases or parasites to humans or animals. However, Formicidae members have been associated with illnesses due to contaminated food and water supplies. There is nothing off-limits to ants when it comes to food. In fact, these insects will consume just about anything that can be ingested. The ant will eat roadkill, trash, and other waste. These contaminated food products are ingested and later evacuated from the ant’s body through feces, which may end up in the household food supply. Household members unknowingly consume the contaminated food, resulting in symptoms related to foodborne illnesses.
How Do I Get Rid Of An Ant Satellite Colony In My Cleveland Home?
Ant infestations are complicated because they involve a main colony and satellite colony that is stationed in the home. For this reason, our exterminators believe professional pest control is the only option for ant infestations. Regardless of the severity of the infestation, we highly recommend industrial-grade pesticides and insecticides, combined with traps.
Do Cleveland Exterminators Recommend Over-The-Counter Ant Pesticides?
It really depends on your situation. Some ant problems can successfully be treated with over-the-counter pesticides, better known as low-strength formulas. These products have been the topic of numerous studies, most of which show minimal to moderate effectiveness in ant extermination. If you are facing severe ant infestation, we cannot recommend DIY pest control products. Instead, we suggest professional pest control, which combines routine visual pest inspections, industrial-strength pesticides, and traps.
When Can I Expect The Exterminator To Be Available To Perform The Ant Inspection?
Our customer support needs up to 48 hours to process a pest control service request. When your request is processed, it is handed over to a licensed exterminator who will in turn reach out to you or another family member in regards to an appointment. We encourage our clients to schedule the appointment to suit their needs and preferences.
We suggest taking advantage of our free pest control consultation and quote to jumpstart the effort. These services are available to all Cleveland residents for free of charge.
Does Ant Pest Control Products Pose Health Risks To Children And Pets?
No, when handled, stored, and transported per the manufacturer’s recommendations. We understand the concern Cleveland residents have concerning chemicals in pest control products. Yes, chemicals are dangerous, but when only when they are misused. Our goal has always been to ensure our exterminators and certified technicians are fully trained to handle all ant infestation treatment processes.
Cleveland pesticide manufacturers have joined forces with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to minimize the risk of pesticide chemical exposure to humans, animals, and the environment.
How Can I Prevent A Repeat Ant Infestation?
The first step to prevent a repeat ant infestation is to repair and update your home’s pest barrier. To do this, we highly suggest utilizing a waterproof sealant – caulk or silicone. Fill in tiny gaps and crevices with the sealant, allow to dry for several hours before repeating the treatment.
The next step is to target your home’s non-perishable food storage system. Ants have been connected to food- and water-borne illnesses associated with contamination. The transition from glass and BPA-free plastic containers with lids. Wash thoroughly with mild soap and water after each refill.
If your DIY ant infestation prevention is unsuccessful, we suggest contacting our Cleveland-based extermination company. Schedule your free ant inspection in a timely manner to eliminate any potential delays that could compromise the pest control strategy.
We also offer free consultations and quotes for our professional ant management services.