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DID YOU KNOW

Ants are sometimes compared to termites because they both chew through wood. The difference is that termites eat the wood and carpenter ants do not. Instead, they chew it up and spit it out. Our carpenter ant control service will help make sure they don’t harm your home.

Risks of Ants

Food Contamination

Ants may carry and transmit bacterial and fungal organisms that are serious disease pathogens, and they can spread these organisms throughout your food and pantry.

Property Damage

Acrobat ants and carpenter ants construct their nests in wood that is damp or decaying. Carpenter ants are attracted to structures with moisture problems.

Harmful Bites and Stings

Ants can bite when they feel threatened, and people who are extremely allergic to wasp and bee stings may also be allergic to ant stings.

ANT FACTS

There are more than 10,000 species of known ant species in the world. Ants are distinguished by the constriction between their abdomen and thorax, which resembles a waist. The hard armor covering their bodies is known as the exoskeleton. Most ants are either red or black in color, and their length ranges from 0.85 to 1.35 centimeters. Similar to other insects, they have six legs with three joints per leg. Ants have enormous heads with compound eyes, elbowed antennae, and strong jaws.

In the colony, there are three types of adult ants: the queen, female ants, and male ants. The queen ant is the largest member of the colony. The purpose of their wings is to lay eggs. Queens can live for up to thirty years. Depending on the species of ant and the size of the nest community, a colony may contain one or more queens.

Female ants are smaller, wingless, and sterile than the queen. Females are born from fertilized eggs and have a maximum lifespan of three years. Female ants, also known as workers or soldiers, tend to the eggs and larvae, construct and repair the nest, forage for food, and defend the colony.

Male ants develop from eggs that have not been fertilized. Male ants, also known as drones, have wings and are fertile for mating with the queen. Male ants are significantly smaller and have longer antennae than females. The males only leave the colony for a single day to mate. Typically, they die 10 to 14 days after mating.

ANT REPRODUCTION

The life cycle of an ant consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The queen lays the eggs, which in a few days will hatch into larvae. The worker ants feed and care for the helpless larvae until they reach the pupal stage. In slightly more than a week, an adult ant will emerge, marking the completion of metamorphosis.

ANT HABITAT FACTS

Ants are social insects that inhabit structured nest communities worldwide. Depending on the species, ants may live underground, in mounds constructed at ground level, in wood structures, or in plants and trees. Typically, soil and plant matter are used to construct the nests.

During the winter months, ants become inactive in colder regions. In warmer temperatures and environments, ants remain active.

AMAZING ANT FACTS

Ants are among the most fascinating species on the planet. Among the more interesting facts about ants are:

  • Some ant species have existed for approximately 100 million years. Approximately 65 million years ago, a mass extinction event known as Cretaceous-Tertiary wiped out many dinosaurs and other prehistoric animal species.
  • Literally everywhere are ants! Unless you live in the Arctic, Antarctica, or a few remote islands, you will likely have to deal with at least one ant species. There are currently 1275 described species of Australian ants, but this number could double with additional research. The majority of Australian ant species are endemic to the continent.
  • Although you probably won’t see an ant lifting weights at your local gym, their diminutive size is not indicative of weakness. The unique physiology of ants permits them to lift objects weighing approximately 20 times their own body weight.
  • Up to 50 million ants can function as one highly organized, efficient colony, elevating the concept of cooperation to a whole new level.
  • Ants are no dummies. A single ant can have up to 250,000 brain cells, so a colony of 40,000 ants has the same number of brain cells as a person.
  • In September, scientists estimated that there are 20 quadrillion (or 20 million billion ants) ants worldwide, or 2.5 million for every person on the planet.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to I keep ants out of the house?

You can do your best to keep ants out of your home by storing food in airtight containers and sealing cracks and crevices through which they may enter. Your OCG Professional will identify the ants causing problems and customize a control program to safeguard your home against ant activity.

What do Ants eat ?

Ants are omnivores and consume a wide variety of foods, including sap, plants, and both living and dead insects. They will also enjoy consuming human food.

How do I keep ants out of the backyard ?

By eliminating aphids and other sap-sucking pests, ants will be less drawn to your garden. In addition, pouring boiling water down obvious ant colony holes may be beneficial. The removal of yard debris and items that cover the ground will aid in the reduction of ant habitats.

What are ants attracted to ?

Ants are attracted to warm areas where they can establish a colony while remaining close to abundant food sources, moisture, and shelter for the nest, whether indoors or out.

How do exterminators get rid of ants ?

An exterminator can employ a variety of techniques to eliminate ants. Connect with an OCG Pro to develop an effective ant control strategy for your home.

How much does an exterminator cost for ants?

The cost of hiring an ant exterminator varies based on the pest control treatment strategy. Contact your local OCG Branch Office for a free estimate and to request a thorough pest inspection from an OCG Pro.

Ant Control

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Ant Control – A few small ants may indicate a larger infestation. We have the expertise and effective treatments to locate and eradicate pest colonies, allowing you to resume enjoying your home.

Seeing ants is the most common method for identifying an ant infestation. If you observe a large number of ants trailing to or from food sources in your home, you may have an infestation inside or outside your residence. You may also observe mounds of soil, sand, or clay on your property, which could indicate a larger ant colony. Depending on the species of ant, nests may be concealed within walls or other inaccessible locations, making them more difficult to locate.

Some infestations, such as those caused by carpenter ants, can be identified in alternative ways. Similar to other ants, carpenter ants may crawl out of vents and other areas of your home. In addition, you may hear a soft rustling within your walls as carpenter ants construct their nests. Lastly, keep an eye out for piles of wood shavings surrounding your home; these could be the result of their excavation work.

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Ants are one of the common pests covered with a OCG Pest Control Plan.

Technicians at OCG are trained to diagnose and treat ant-related issues. Because every home is unique, they will work with you to create a program that is tailored to your needs.

Even an army of ants cannot defeat OCG technicians. Don’t allow ants to compromise the sanctity of your home if you’re defending against them. Permit our highly-skilled technicians to not only win the battle, but also the ant war.

What To Expect From Your OCG Ant Control Man?

An OCG  Ant Treatment plan begins with a thorough property inspection by a highly-trained pest control technician to locate and identify Nuisance Ant  and the places they breed in and around your home. Once the inspection is complete, your OCG technician will prepare a Ant treatment plan that’s right for you.

Why do you have an ant problem?

Many reasons can lead to ants entering your home, but more than likely, they are looking for food. It just so happens that your home is near the site where a queen decided to establish her colony. Ants, too, need to eat to survive. As well as feeding themselves, they must also take care of their young. They don’t want to bother you or cause you any distress.

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Ant Control – Ant Pest Control

How Can I Control an Ant Infestation ?

It’s not always easy to control ants. It doesn’t matter how clean or dirty your home is if you have an ant infestation. It is quite possible that your property is an ant haven. Nuptial flights occur in late spring and early summer, causing problems for homeowners. A swarm of winged ants is often seen setting up a colony in your walls.

The first step in combating an ant infestation in your home is to identify the problematic species. Due to the fact that different species have different habits and preferences, they may require unique control methods. If you are unsure of which pest species is bothering you, here are a few guidelines to help you get started:

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  • Seal – Ants are adept at locating even the tiniest cracks and crevices in walls, windows, and foundations to gain access to your home. Using caulk and other suitable materials, seal any potential points of entry that you discover. It’s unlikely that you’ll find them all, but it’s a good start.
  • Clean – After sealing all possible entry points, it is necessary to clean around them. Ants leave a pheromone-laced, invisible trail so that other ants can follow it to the resource they’ve discovered. Scrub with soap and water around ant entrances to remove these trails. Additionally, clean up your kitchen messes to avoid attracting them again.
  • Remove – Attractants such as sugar, grease, and other foods are one of the primary causes of ant infestations. By storing food in airtight containers, potential predators are removed. Additionally, pet food should not be left exposed where ants can easily gain access. Also, remove garbage frequently to prevent the odor from attracting ants as it decomposes.
  • Dehydrate – Ants require water to survive, so you’ll want to minimize their access to it using a few straightforward techniques. First, address any leaks around pipes and other areas. Then, ensure that your gutters and downspouts are draining away from the house. Finally, try using a dehumidifier to reduce the amount of other moisture in your home.
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Ant Control – How Can I Control an Ant Infestation ?

How OCG control ants? – Ant pest control

Your property may be at risk from ants. Despite their small size, they can cause big problems. Treatments must penetrate and kill the unseen nest and infestation in order to be truly effective. The process of preventing carpenter ants is not a one-time proposition. Our technicians work to deliver unique solutions — rooted in science — to help protect your home. By using cutting-edge technology and award-winning training, your OCG Man will find conditions that encourage carpenter ants, eradicate the infestation, and prevent future invasions.

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Having trained for more than 160 hours just in the first year, OCG Man will know how to identify carpenter ants and their behavior to tailor his solution accordingly. Thankfully, Nuisance ants cannot stand a chance against our powerful science, research, and technology.

Ant Control Tailored To You

Each home is different, and so are our methods for eliminating ants from it.

  • Investigate – We will thoroughly inspect the interior and exterior of your home for current or potential pest infestations.
  • Protect – We will treat the perimeter of your building with the appropriate materials, remove all accessible spiderwebs and wasp nests, and employ the safest techniques available.
  • Fortify – We will do everything possible to keep insects out, including sealing, caulking, plugging, and securing gaps and cracks.
  • Keep Watch – We will treat the interior of your residence and install pest monitors in high-traffic areas such as the kitchen, bathroom, utility room, and garage.
  • Report – We will always provide a detailed report of the services performed as well as recommendations for keeping your home pest-free.
  • Follow Up – Between our regularly scheduled visits, we will maintain communication and respond to any urgent needs.

Ant Control – TREATMENT

Ant Control Made Personal – Every ant infestation is different, and so are our custom-tailored ant treatments. To ensure that all ants have been eliminated from your home, it is recommended that you contact an exterminator. The experts at Ocg Ant Pest Control can assist you in eliminating these ants. Contact us immediately to begin.

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