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Ants in your home or business?

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.

How to avoid an infestation

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.

Call TNT when ants infest your home or business

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.

The most common species of ants in Northeastern Ohio are:

Carpenter Ants

 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. Learn More

Red Imported Fire Ants

 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.

Pharaoh Ants

 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.

Pavement Ants

 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.

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