Effective Ant Control by Midstate Termite and Pest Control
Did you know that there are over one million ants per human on the planet? So it’s easy to see how these diminutive pests might find their way into your Cookeville, TN home. Luckily, the ant removal experts at Midstate Termite and Pest Control are here to help ensure your home stays ant-free. We use tried and true techniques and treatment methods to ensure that ant won’t find their way into your home. Oftentimes, store-bought bait traps aren’t enough to prevent a colony from invading your home. That’s why you should call a professional. Our team is available to provide a free pest inspection.
What are the Common Types of Ants Found in Tennessee?
There are four common types of ants found in Tennessee, and our team has the knowledge and treatment program to help you get rid of them. Knowing which type of ant has invaded your home is a pivotal part of treatment. As a member of the National Pest Management Association, we have the knowledge and experience to ensure your home is protected from these relentless pests. Learn more about the four common types of ants found in Tennessee below.
- Carpenter Ants – Carpenter ants wreak havoc on your home. As their name suggests, these ants like to create their nests in wood damaged by water, such as stumps, logs, or rotten wood in your home.
- Fire Ants – These territorial ants will bite anything they perceive as a threat to their colony, including adults, children, and pets. Their bites can be painful, even deadly in some cases, and normally you’ll have multiple fire ants attacking at once.
- Little Black Ants – Black ants will invade your home in large numbers, ransack your cabinets, and take the food back to their colony. They are excellent at staying hidden.
- Odorous House Ants – Odorous house ants are very similar to black ants, with one major difference; if you squish an odorous black ant, it smells like a rotten coconut.
How Did I Get Ants?
Most ant species that enter your home aren’t looking to get out of the elements. Instead, they are in search of food. When they enter your home, they look for sweets and substances containing protein or carbohydrates. Once they find it, they lay down a long-lasting, invisible chemical Pheromone trail for the rest of the colony to follow. The best way to prevent ants from invading your home is to seal any foods you have and clean crumbs off the countertops after cooking.
How Do I Know I Have an Ant Infestation?
The easiest way to tell if you have an ant infestation is finding multiple ants in your home, or more specifically, your kitchen. Colonies can have up to one million ants, and a single ant can create a trail that directs the rest of the colony into your home. For ants that burrow into the wood of your home, you may notice small piles of sawdust in your basement or wood damage. Also, check to see if ants are crawling on or near your home’s foundation.
How Can I Prevent an Ant Infestation?
As a homeowner, there are several things you can do to help prevent ants from getting into your home. We recommend:
- Moving Firewood
- Remove Dead Trees and Stumps
- Cutback Branches Touching Your Home
- Remove Food Sources
- Seal All Cracks and Crevices
- Locate and Eliminate Nests
- Correct Drainage In House Plants
- Seal Cracks In the Pavement and Concrete Slabs
Professional Ant Control
When an infestation has gotten out of control and is threatening your family, it’s time to call a professional. Ants are one of the most common pests homeowners encounter, so our team has refined our solutions and techniques to handle these invasive scavengers. When you choose our No Bug Quarterly Pest Protection Plan, we’ll come to your home every quarter to ensure your home is bug-free. Contact our team today to schedule you’re your inspection.