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Ants

Barefoot Pest Control provides speedy eradication and exclusion of ant colonies in homes and businesses throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C., including the following local varieties of ants: Acrobat Ants, Pavement Ants, Carpenter Ants, Cintronella Ants, and Odorous House Ants.

Dietary Needs

Ants consume water, sugar, fats, and proteins. They are especially attracted to greasy substances.

Entry

Ants can infiltrate a home through any crack or crevice opening. For some species, this entryway can be as small as 1/32nd of an inch.

Nesting

Depending on the species, ants nest anywhere around the home and any protected area can become a nest, including wall voids and underground. Disturbed colonies will often relocate or even split into two or more colonies, spreading the infestation.

Numbers

Ant colonies can reach up to half of a million workers. Some species of ants will coexist peacefully with other colonies, while other ant species will wage war for territory and resources.

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Ants can cause a variety of problems in and around the home. Most species of ants will invade stored foods. Because ants walk through trash and across other unsanitary surfaces, this will lead to food contamination. Some species of ants, especially carpenter ants, will damage wood in an attempt to make their nest in your home.

Other species of ant will even help spread plant-destroying aphids. These types of ants keep aphid “milk cows” for their honeydew secretions, and protect their livestock while spreading these insects from one plant in your yard to another.

Controlling Ants

Ants can be very difficult for homeowners to control. Because only a small party of foragers ventures into any given area at a time, destroying these ants may lead one to think that the infestation has been removed. Unfortunately, you have only wiped out the few that were exploring the kitchen, leaving thousands more to reproduce and replace those that were killed.

For thorough eradication, call in the professionals as soon as you discover ants invading your home. This is the only way to be sure that the colony is destroyed at the source.

Call (855) 754-6760 or contact us today for pest control on your schedule, including 24/7 emergency service. We are your one stop home care company! From our base in Waldorf, Barefoot Pest Control provides complete protection against home and yard invading pests, termites and wildlife for Waldorf, La Plata, Clinton, Upper Marlboro, and Annapolis, Maryland, as well as Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.