The Best Way To Get Rid Of Ants In Delaware County

ants in a line on a tile floor

Ants are insects that typically reside together in large colonies, and are often categorized as queens, workers, and males that each have different duties that support the nest. In the spring months, winged ants that are responsible for reproduction often are seen gathering in swarms.

Ants have six legs and a segmented body consisting of a head, thorax, and abdomen. They are equipped with antennae, and may appear in a variety of colors. Some of the most common ants that invade homes in this region include: 

  • Pavement ants: The pavement ant is aptly named based on its practice of creating nests below and within crevices in walkways and driveways. They rarely exceed ¼ inch long, and appear in shades of dark brown or black. 

  • Carpenter ants: They are large ants that commonly exceed ½ inch long that can create significant property damage. These pests tend to invade water-damaged wooden structures, and burrow deep inside to create nests. 

  • Citronella ants:  Sometimes referred to as yellow ants, citronella ants are very small and release a distinct odor if they are crushed. 

  • Sugar ants: These critters have a small black body that allows them to easily find a way indoors to kitchen areas in search of sugary foods.

Based on their small frame, preventing ants from entering a home can be challenging. It is critical to assess the exterior of the property for cracks that could allow access, and seal them with a durable caulk or similar product. Window screens with holes should also be promptly repaired. 
Another challenge presented by ants is that they can leave a chemical trail of pheromones that notifies others of new food sources. Because of the massive size of their colonies, a home can quickly be infested with thousands of unwanted ants. 
One of the keys to avoiding ant invasions is to diligently prevent creating food sources by sweeping up crumbs, placing leftovers in sealed containers, and promptly wiping up spills and investing in home pest control.  

The Problems With Store-Bought Home Treatment Options

Local home improvement outlets and internet retailers today are actively touting many different products as do-it-yourself home solutions that supposedly will quickly and easily expel ant intrusions. Common examples include pre-filled liquid baiting stations, granular formulas, sprays, and others.  Unfortunately, the vast majority of these options produce only very mediocre results, continued frustration, and they might contain harmful chemicals. 
The best way of responding to these concerns is to consult with a local pest extermination professional that will conduct a thorough interior and exterior property inspection to assess the problem. They will propose treatment options that have proven to be safe for humans and our local ecosystem. 

Why Choose M.A.D. Exterminators, Inc. For Banishing Ant Invasions?

The team of specialists with M.A.D. Exterminators, Inc. remain devoted to ongoing education, and to adopting many of the latest products and treatment methods in the industry today. We are proud to announce that we now have an entomologist on our staff to complement our group of experts. Entomology is one of many environmental sciences within the zoology sector that focuses on the study of insects. 
An entomologist researches the interactions that insects have in the natural environment, concerning other organisms, and with humans. The Entomological Society of America (ESA) is the country’s leading organization that represents this field, and has grown to exceed 7,000 members that are associated with research and educational institutions, medical facilities, agencies of government, and many other entities in the scientific community. 

Leading Pest Control Service Provider In The Delaware County Region

Did you know that professionals at M.A.D. Exterminators, Inc. have been delivering results for residential and commercial customers in the Delaware County area for many years now? In addition to ants, we will eradicate problems with termites, bed bugs, and a host of other undesirable and potentially dangerous pests. Contact our office today to schedule an on-site inspection, and receive a detailed estimate for your home or business pest control needs.