Exterminator Near Me For Ants
Red Imported Fire Ants
Red imported fire ants, “fire ant”, or simply RIFA, is an ant species from South America that has been distributed all over the world, including in Australia, New Zealand, Asian and Caribbean countries and the United States. In the US, they are mostly found in states including Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. This ant species generally nests in the grounds.
Fire ant’s bites are extremely painful and can become a medical emergency case to some people who are allergic or sensitive to insect bites. When fire ants bite, they secret alkaloid venom which causes high irritation to human skin, resulting in red bumps and white pustules to scarring.
In the US, fire ants have caused several damages to electronic equipment such as air-conditioning and stop lights. They crawl in electronic wiring of the device, causing it to short circuit. Damages that these ants cause are worth around $140 each year.
Carpenter ants like any other common species of ants, also love to eat sugar and protein and can bite human once their nest is disturbed.
What sets apart this ant species from any other common species is it’s size and it’s termite-like ability. They measure from 6 to 25 millimeters, which are bigger compared to other common ants that we see at home. They destroy structures like woods, but unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat woods. They simply chew the woods to dig out tunnels.
Since their jaws are powerful and can break wood, they are likely to break human skin as well once they bite. Their bite secretes a venom called formic acid which increases the pain on the affected area.
Getting Rid of Ants By Yourself
Home remedies in getting rid of ants include but are not limited to using pesticides with natural or chemical substances, chalks, baits, and repellents. Types and brands of these treatments vary, and some brands may be effective while some may not. Effectiveness does not really depend on the product’s price. You may be required to try the treatment several times and/or try 2 or more methods at a time if it didn’t work on your first attempt.
Dealing With Professional Ant Exterminator
When home remedies to get rid of ants don’t seem to work or you don’t have enough time to try everything on the list, you may consider hiring professional pest exterminator.
Most pest management companies in the country offer free a estimation online, like Go-Forth Pest Control. Once you have prepared the estimated amount, schedule and confirm an appointment with them. Before initiating the pest control, they should give you instructions, like a to-do list to prepare yourself and those people you live with before they pay you a visit. They may come to your house twice or more depending on the severity of your case. After they are done with the treatment, they should give you after-care instructions that will help the treatment to work properly.
If you notice that there are still ants crawling around your house after the treatment, don’t panic. Most pest control methods do not work in seconds. Wait for a few days before giving them a call back.