This pest has now supplanted all others as the number one pest species in the country. We frequently hear it is impossible to get rid of all the ants in a house. This is not true!
Due to the advances in materials technology it is now possible to rid a structure of ants completely. In order to take advantage of these new technologies, our applications are much more thorough than the industry standard. Service frequencies may vary slightly; however, 2 to 4 visits per year are normally enough.
Commercial properties may require a higher visitation rate because the land and building use is more intense.
There may be some residual ant population on the exterior land area. We cannot control what is occurring in adjacent property. With proper application of materials, the incidence of ants in flowerbeds and along fence lines can be dramatically reduced; and, in many instances, nearly eliminated.
In California there are several pest ant types to consider. For most consumers Harvester ants and Argentine ants make up the vast majority of ant problems in the state. Argentine ants are by far the most numerous and usually the most difficult to control. It is much easier to stop the ants before they enter a structure. If the consumer has tried to control them using the incorrect plan, the problem can become worse than if they had done nothing at all. Our combination of materials and application techniques gives us a nearly 100 percent success rate.
Argentine ants are the most common pest ant species in California. They are 2.2 to 2.6 millimeters long. They range in color from light brown to nearly black in color. They have no natural enemies in the U.S. This species frequently supplant all other ants when they have invaded a specific piece of ground.
Their colonies often contain thousands of members. When one colony encounters another colony of Argentine ants, they do not battle. It is not uncommon for several colonies to combine and form one large super colony. In some instances the queens can number in the 100’s. If the queens are killed in one section of a large colony, these ants will try to replace them from another area.
Improper control measures can cause colonies to splinter. When this occurs, each individual colony will maximize its breeding potential and increase the total number of ants both inside and outside a structure.
This ant is a true omnivore and will feed on nearly any food source. Like all creatures, ants require water. This requirement allows better targeting for control in structures.
California Harvester Ants
The California Harvester ant is about ¼ inch (6mm) long and light red in color. Their nest has a small mound of dirt around the entrance. Areas around the nest are generally vegetation free and may range from 3 feet to 35 feet. It is not unusual to find them in large groups with multiple entrances.
This species becomes very active when the temperature rises. They are great lovers of sunlight and are most
frequently found where there is continuous sun exposure. On properties with large areas of exposed dirt they can be of great concern.
The good news is that they rarely invade a structure. The bad news is that, when disturbed, they become very aggressive and will delivery a nasty bite. The poison they inject can be quite painful. When multiple bites occur, it is wise to seek medical help. When these ants are observed on a property, we recommend contacting a pest professional immediately.