Charlotte Ant Extermination Services
Ants can be pretty impressive creatures with their many and varied abilities. For example, they can carry between 10 to 50 times their body weight, depending on the particular species. They seem to do fine without lungs or ears too. And would you believe ants can swim? Of course, you’ll only marvel at these feats by reading about them. But, having ants in your Charlotte home or business, up close and personal, makes you want to run for cover—or call a professional for ant pest control!
Heading Off Ant Problems
Although they can be pretty crafty creatures, there are ways to help keep ants out of your home. Besides keeping doors and windows closed except when absolutely necessary, caulk cracks and holes around them. This includes in window frames and woodwork, as well as in areas around pipes and cables coming into the house. Although some determined ants will still find their way indoors, this can help to reduce their numbers.
Also, trim back trees and bushes that are located close to your home. When they’re up against your house, they can serve as entry ramps for ants.
Although ants enjoy munching on food in your pantry, there are some substances that turn them off. If for example, you spray citrus juice around doors and windows, this can throw off ants’ sense of smell and they may turn around. Or you can use peppermint oil for the same purpose.
You can also place a line of flour, talc, or chalk around windows and doors, or put it in your pantry. This thwarts ants’ ability to create and follow scent trails. Other substances that can do the same: pepper, cinnamon, chili, cloves, bay leaves, and salt.
Indoors, use a mixture of vinegar and water to wipe down kitchen counters, because this can also repel the ants. Sprinkle used coffee grounds in your flower beds and around the home’s foundation and they’ll head elsewhere. If you choose to use one or more of these methods, you’ll need to keep them up. These aren’t one-and-done treatments.
It’s important to make it difficult for ants to find food in your home. Keep all open foods tightly sealed in plastic or glass containers. Scrape and wash dishes when done eating and empty your trash often. To keep ants from heading to your home for water, fix dripping faucets, and eliminate any standing water, such as in sinks.
Ants and Your Health
Ants sometimes carry and transmit bacterial and fungal organisms, such as E. coli, Shigella, and Salmonella. Their indoor foraging behaviors involve locating food and moisture—which might take them to certain (ahem) less hygienic places.
Furthermore, while not diseases per se, ant bites and stings can still lead to illness, allergic reactions, and hypersensitivity to ant venom, especially the bites and stings of fire ants.
Identifying Ant Infestations
You may not have an actual infestation if you see only a few ants in your house. However, you probably have a problem if you see a trail of them. Ants are highly efficient, and once they find a reliable food source, such as in your kitchen or pantry, they’ll leave a scent trail for others to follow.
Then, the ants and members of the colony will retrace their steps between the colony and their newfound food. So, if you see large numbers of ants near your home, there is likely a colony on your property. For instance, you might see ant piles resembling dirt mounds, which could contain thousands of ants. If these piles are close to your home, you should call for professional ant pest control.
Fire Ant Control
Fire ants are nasty bugs whose stings can cause life-threatening anaphylactic shock for those who are allergic. In addition, their bites and stings cause pain, swelling, itching, and skin lesions for almost anyone. Even a healthy adult could wind up in the ER as a result of a South American red fire ant attack.
Moreover, it is predicted that fire ants will likely become even more problematic during the next decade. Therefore, if these dangerous creatures are on your property, fire ant treatment is essential.
This is why we carefully monitor fire ant behaviors and movements to provide homeowners and businesses with state-of-the-art extermination solutions. Noosa also keeps up-to-date and ever-improving via training opportunities, and we enlist the latest fire ant treatments to help keep our clients’ properties as free from these pests as possible.
Why Choose Noosa as Your Charlotte Ant Exterminator?
Locally owned and operated, Noosa is a Charlotte pest control company dedicated to providing clients with a high level of service. This includes our guarantee of an immediate response to all calls and messages during business hours.
Noosa takes a conservative and safety-minded approach to ant pest control, using extreme care when exposing people and the environment to insecticides. Our technicians receive excellent training and keep up with the area’s most current pest concerns, the newest insecticides, and the best and latest application methods.
Our team always takes the time to address your ant pest control situation and answer any questions you may have.