Ants are some of the most common house invaders we see in pest control. Most people struggle with keeping ants out of their homes. Do-it-yourself treatments for ants do not usually work to keep ants away. If you want to get rid of ants consistently you need a quality ant exterminator. That is where we come in. Insight Pest Solutions is the premier ant pest control company in the Pacific Northwest. Insight Pest Solutions provides a highly effective ant treatment that works to destroy the entire ant colony, not just the ants you can see in your home.
In addition to the quality of our products, with Insight Pest Solutions, you can be sure you are getting top-notch service from our trained and licensed ant exterminators. Our team of exterminators, often referred to as service technicians, will take great care of your home, give you a better understanding of our products, and treat you with respect.
Our Ant Treatment
In an ant colony there are worker ants, drone ants, and the queen. The ants you see around your home are almost always the worker ants. Drone ants rarely leave the colony, and the queen ant never leaves the protected and hidden space. Insight Pest Control treats ants using an effective method lacing the workers with bait that they then take back to the colony, killing the queen and the rest of the ants from within.
If you have visible ants at the time of our service, our trained exterminator will follow the trail of ants to see where they are coming from to get an idea of where the colony is located. We treat on a quarterly basis, but when you have our subscription, you can get treated anytime in between those 4 services at no additional charge.
What Type Of Ants Do You Have?
Here are the most common ants found in the Pacific Northwest to keep an eye out for:
Odorous House Ants
These ants are small with a brown-black body and no stinger. What identifies them more clearly is the overwhelming odor of rotting coconut they bring with them. This unpleasant scent makes identifying them quite easy.
These ants can be shades of brown, black, or red, but the first thing you will notice is that they are larger than most ants. They can cause severe structural damage, usually starting off in wet, decayed wood then spreading to undamaged, dry wood. It is important to treat at the first sign of carpenter ants.
Pavement ants are notorious for their appetites and will eat anything, including cheese, meat, bread, fruit, and other insects. Identifying them may be tricky as they are hard to spot, but they are usually small, brown, and linger close to bricks, concrete or pavement.
Often mistaken for Carpenter Ants, Thatching Ants come in black, brown, and red shades, and range from 4 to 9mm in size. While they typically eat plants, these ants can also eat other insects.
This is actually a collective name which includes a number of different species. Usually yellow or black, moisture ants are regularly around 3 to 4 mm in length with the females being larger. If crushed, these ants release a citrus-like odor.
The Safety Of Our Ant treatment
While pest control products have a hazardous nature, we ensure that our products are safe for our customers and pets. Because our products are applied by a licensed and trained technician, we can guarantee that they are used in a safe manner. Our customers’ safety is our top priority. We only use the chemicals necessary for each individual situation and follow mandates about the regularity of our treatments. The products we use are eco-friendly and safe for plants.
Even with the safety precautions we take, homeowners should be mindful of themselves and any children and animals.
How Often Do We Treat for Ants?
Following the initial clearance, we would recommend treating your home once every quarter. This reduces the likelihood of a re-infestation and allows us to take out any surviving ants before they have the opportunity to recolonize. Even if you aren’t seeing ants, that quarterly treatment helps prevent them; so rather than trying to solve the problem, we will be preventing it all together.
As mentioned before, we are happy to treat between quarters if you have any concerns. It takes 10-14 days for our products to take full effect, so after being treated, wait those 2 weeks before scheduling any other follow-ups. Our priority is clearing your home of ants and keeping it ant free.