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How to Handle an Ant Infestation in Memphis

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What do ants and humans have in common? They are both social creatures. However, if you see ants skittering through your kitchen or bathroom, you have a problem. Where you see one or two ants you soon could see a long trail of many ants, foraging into your home in search of food. Worry not. Your Memphis pest control professionals are here to help you with this guide on how to handle an ant infestation.

How does an ant colony function?

A colony includes multiple types of ants, each of which has its own role to play to help the colony thrive. The queens produce the eggs necessary for reproduction. There may be one queen or multiple queens. Then there are the worker ants. They defend the nest and seek out food and water to sustain the rest of the colony. Worker ants are the ones you are most likely to see scampering back and forth along their trail in your house. In the spring, winged ants called swarmers depart from the colony. These swarmers take flight, eventually finding a place to mate and form new colonies.

Are ants dangerous?

Most ants are not greatly hazardous to humans, but ants can carry diseases. These diseases may include E. coli and salmonella, two food-borne illnesses which underscore why you want to keep ants out of your kitchen. The most dangerous ant for humans is the fire ant, which tends to attack in groups and has a painful sting that can injure people or animals.

What factors attract ants?

In a word, food. Ants are no different than any other animal. They need food to survive. For ants, those food sources could include a few crumbs left on your counter or a dirty dish in the sink. Regularly sweep your kitchen floor and wipe down counters and other surfaces in your kitchen where food gets made. And never leave dirty dishes overnight.

How to prevent an ant infestation

There is no 100% foolproof guarantee against ants or any type of pest. However, you can take measures to greatly lower your susceptibility to an ant infestation. You can try a store-bought ant deterrent, but these do-it-yourself treatments usually yield mediocre results. Instead, your best defense against ants or any other type of pest is to hire the services of an experienced pest control company.

AAA Termite & Pest has the experience you want. Our technicians are experienced in the business of pest control and also up to speed on the latest procedures, products and techniques in the industry. When it comes to ants, we know what attracts them into a home, and can provide guidance on what steps to take to make your property less desirable. From there, we use powerful products to repel any existing infestation.

Pest control for ants in Memphis and Cordova, Tennessee

Don’t let ants keep marching through your home. Spring is the time of year when ant colonies really become active. Protect yourself and your family now. To learn more about how AAA Termite & Pest treats ant problems, or any other type of pest infestation, call our office at (901) 737-7378 to schedule a consultation with one of our technicians.