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Professional Ant Pest control In Santa Monica California
The ant is a small Formicidae insect, a classification that refers to insects that live in large colonies, There are around 12,000 Formicidae members that are all social insects. The tri-segmented body is held together by tiny joints. The insect has elbowed-shaped antennas, a narrow waist, and three pairs of legs. Their most powerful feature is the mandibles that are utilized in combat, for gnawing through rotting wood and wood structures, and copulation. When ants invade houses, commercial buildings, and public facilities, they utilize their mandibles to rip through food packages, such as paperboard and plastic bags.
Why Is My Santa Monica Home An Ant Target?
Ants target vulnerable homes when their outdoor food source dwindles away. They utilize tiny openings, gaps, crevices, and cracks around doors, utility lines, crawlspace vents, damaged siding, and vulnerable soffit. These insects are diligent when it comes to providing food to the queen and larvae.
The outdoors is where ants want to be, but some circumstances force them indoors. If your home’s pest barrier is weak, it will become a target and eventually infiltrated. If intervention is not implemented, the ant infiltration will escalate into a full-blown infestation with a few weeks or months. The queen ant lays up to 30 days each day in a new nest, which is why the workers are continuously building new nests.
Do Ants Infestations Endanger Children, Pets, And Building Structures?
Yes and no, ants do not put children or pets in danger when they are in their natural habitat. When they find themselves indoors, the ant poses health risks to adults and children due to contaminated food and water. Ants contaminate food sources and surfaces utilized for food preparation. When the household members ingest the contaminated food, the onset of foodborne illness will appear shortly afterward. Foodborne illness symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, low-grade fever, and diarrhea.
How Can I Eradicate Ants Inside My Santa Monica Home?
Santa Monica consumers have two major pest control options – do-it-yourself and professional – to choose from. Both offer benefits and downsides. But, we believe our professional pest control is the best option because it is diverse, meaning it is suitable for ant infestations in all phases of the life cycle. In addition to this benefit, professional pest control products are industrial-strength formulas.
We also recommend sealing all openings that ants can utilize to infiltrate your home. Utilizing a waterproof sealant – caulk or silicone – fill in tiny openings around doors and windows. Larger openings will need to be closed up before they can be sealed with a waterproof sealant. In this case, we recommend sheet metal or plywood customized to fit.
Will Over-The-Counter Conventional Pest Control Products Eradicate An Ant Colony?
No, these low-strength pesticides and insecticides will only eradicate a few ants, not a full colony. Ant colonies live in extensive tunneling systems And, this is not to mention the fact that ants separate into two colonies – main and satellite. The satellite colony infiltrates the home while the main colony remains on the exterior perimeter waiting for food to be delivered regularly.
When Will The Exterminator Be Available To Conduct My Ant Inspection In Santa Monica?
Our schedule is always hectic because the demand for pest control in Santa Monica is continuously increasing. However, we can always make room for another case. We suggest submitting your ant inspection request as soon as possible. We will need between 24 and 48 hours to process your request. Our customer support team will reach out to you about an appointment when your request is processed.
Will Ant Pest Control Products Put My Children’s Health At Risk?
No, we do not initiate pesticide or insecticide treatments in human-occupied homes. Our exterminators will go over the requirements during the initial pest control consultation. We do not want any surprises to get in the way of fully eradicating your ant infestation. Please feel free to inquire about our eco-friendly – organic and natural – pest control solutions.
Is It Possible To Keep Ants From Returning The Next Spring?
Yes, with a good ant prevention strategy. We suggest combining routine inspections with an upgrade in your home’s pest barrier. Start by filling in exterior-to-interior openings that can be accessed by ants, followed by an updated non-refrigerated food storage system.