Proven Methods for Eradicating Ants in Sacramento, Roseville, and Elk Grove
Apex Pest Control has been providing quality pest control services at competitive rates in the Sacramento, CA, area for more than 40 years. Our technicians are state-licensed, bonded, and insured. They receive continuing education and training throughout the year to ensure that our customers are provided with top-notch service. You deserve to live in your home without worrying about invading pests.
When to Call an Ant Exterminator
Ants enter the home through doors, windows, and cracks in the walls, caulking, or baseboards. Rather than turning to over-the-counter remedies, you should call an ant pest control service as soon as you see ants. Many store-bought remedies are ineffective, as many different species of ants require different types of treatment. Infestations are easier to deal with when they are handled quickly.
Ant extermination is best handled by professionals like Apex Pest Control, who can use targeted methods to wipe out the entire colony. Where you see the trail in your home is likely not where the trail starts. We use proven techniques to make sure the ants are fully eradicated.
What to Know About Ants
Ants are a colony species, like their relatives, bees, and wasps. As one of the most common household pests, ants are also one of the most difficult to eradicate, since their colonies can quickly grow into the millions. They are found on every continent except Antarctica and adapt easily to many environments.
While most ant colonies are outdoors, worker ants will come inside structures in search of food or water, or during extreme weather such as heat, cold, and rain. In the Central Valley, there are several species commonly found: Argentine ants, odorous house ants, carpenter ants, thief ants, pharaoh ants, and pavement ants. While most of these ants are simply a nuisance, the carpenter ant is capable of causing structural damage as the worker ants hollow out wood timbers to create “galleries” for their colonies.
Ant Control Inside the Home
Good housekeeping helps to limit ant invasions. As ants come in searching for food and water, it is important to keep food in sealed containers and to quickly clean up food debris from your counters and floors. Ants find snack foods such as cookies, crackers, chips, and candy especially appealing. Trails of foraging ants can be cleaned up with household glass cleaners containing ammonia. If you have potted plants, those should be periodically inspected for ant infestation.
While cleanliness may help prevent infestation, once an infestation starts you will need professional extermination. Apex Pest Control will put ant bait stations or gels near the ant trails, but out of reach of children and pets. The worker ants will bring the slow-acting insecticide back to their nest, where it can wipe out the entire colony.
Ant Control Outside the Home
Keeping ants from entering the home also involves making your outdoor spaces inhospitable by eliminating attractive harborage areas and food sources. Keep shrubs and tree limbs trimmed away from the home, and your gutters clear of debris. Keep garbage containers away from structures, and place pet food bowls in a pie tin with shallow water to create a protective moat. Sealing cracks where ants can enter can also prevent them from coming inside the home.
A professional ant pest control service can also apply an excellent ant control product known as Termidor. This product is a “non-repellent” pesticide that creates a thin barrier around the exterior of the home. When foraging ants come into contact with the product, they carry it back to their nest and transfer it to the rest of the colony.
Why Choose Apex Pest Control?
Apex Pest Control has been providing quality Ant pest control services since 1978. Our experienced technicians are licensed, bonded, and insured, and they receive continuing education and training to keep their knowledge of pest control products and techniques up to date. We are dedicated to providing our customers with high-quality ant extermination services that prevent the infestation from returning.
If you’ve noticed ants in your home or yard, call us today or use our contact form to get in touch with one of our extermination specialists. They will answer your questions about our ant extermination services and provide solutions for your home.