Ant infestation is one of the most commonly reported pest problems. Many varieties of ants can be found in Northeast Ohio. They usually get into your home or business through cracks around windows or doors because they are looking for moisture and an acceptable food source. When you find you have a problem with ants in Northeast Ohio, you need a trained and licensed exterminator such as TNT Exterminating to handle it.
Ants are attracted to rotting or damp wood that is moldy. They also will seek out warm, damp environments and a food source. Ants feed on sugar, cheese, meats, vegetables, grease, peanut butter, and dead insects. You can reduce your chances of an infestation by making your home inhospitable.
Never pile fire wood near your home. This invites ants to the outside of your home, where their next move will be inside. Take time to identify small holes and cracks where ants can enter and seal them with silicone caulk or putty. Then move that pile of fire wood to the back of your yard.
If ants have entered your home, they have found a food source. Keep your kitchen counters and sink area as clean as possible and never leave food out. A quick spray with a vinegar solution can discourage these unwanted visitors. You also may consider putting foot in airtight containers.
Don’t ignore the ant you saw wandering in your kitchen. Even a drop of something sweet will be perceived as a food source, and that lone ant could bring in a colony that will quickly infest your home. Call TNT Exterminating to treat your home before you have an infestation.
There are thousands of species of ants. The experts at TNT Exterminating know that identifying the species of ant is key to determining the nesting site, food preference, and ultimately the best method of management.
Usually black or red and black in color and around 5/8 of an inch long, they build their nests inside of dead and damp wood. They commonly infest wooden buildings and structures and leave behind sawdust like material that provides clues to their nesting location.
Their colors can vary from blackish to reddish, but usually they have a copper brown or light brown head and body with darker abdomen and they vary in size from 1/8 to 3/8 inches. They construct large mounds for nests and are known to give a painful, persistently irritating sting.
These ants are small, about 1/16 of an inch long, and are light yellow to reddish brown in color with a darker abdomen. They are commonly found in hospitals and nursing homes where they are capable of transmitting Staphylococcus and Pseudomonas infections. They also invade restaurants, apartments, and similar dwellings.
About 1/8 of an inch long, the pavement ant is dark brown to blackish, usually makes its home in pavement cracks and is capable of infesting buildings.
TNT’s trained and licensed exterminators know how to get rid of ants. Different types of ants require different methods of extermination. Our experts will identify the type of ants that have invaded your home or business, and will then develop an appropriate and effective response to your specific problem.
If you have an ant problem anywhere in Northeast Ohio, contact TNT Exterminating.
TNT DIAMOND PROTECTION PROGRAM
TNT’s Diamond Protection Program is simply the best year-round protection available. We use a four-step process that is designed to limit the use of chemicals inside your home.
SPRING – We power spray the outside of the home for wasps, yellow jackets, carpenter ants and other pests. This includes inside treatment to all kitchen and bathroom sinks as well as areas conducive to pest infestations.
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Choosing a Pest Management Professional
When it comes to Pest Management Professionals (PMPs) there are many to chose from. So, how do you know which exterminator to hire to do the job?
Good exterminators provide preventive pest control service rather than waiting for a pest situation to arise.
The guidelines below will assure you that you that the pest control professionals that you hire can accurately identify and address potential pest problems.
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