Thursday, December 30th, 2021 by John Siwicki
What ants lack in size, they more than makeup for in persistence and sheer numbers. Beyond just being bothersome, ants can pose a grave risk to the structure of your home, business, or even your health. Often entering dwellings and commercial buildings at ground level, ants exploit the tiniest crevices between doors or utility connections in their search for food and shelter. They can turn wall voids, gaps in floors, and even electrical systems into unwelcome nests.
Alabama’s warm climate supports a broad range of both native and invasive ant species. Heavy rainfall can drive them to seek new food sources in your pantry and shelter under your roof and drought conditions can bring them inside for water. Despite their pervasive footprint in Alabama, ant invasions don’t have to be a fact of life that homeowners learn to live with. Read on for everything you need to know about Alabama's common ant invaders and how pros like APS’ ant extermination teams can help protect your property.
First, you’ll need to know what to look for to see an infestation coming. If ants aren’t already in your building, dirt-like nests around the exterior of your land and lines of ants making a break for your building are both signs of an impending incursion. In general, ant pest populations can be categorized by their threat level. Some are merely a nuisance, but others can cause severe structural damage, and others still can be hazardous to your health. Roughly 170 species of ants call Alabama home—of those, fewer than 60 represent the lion’s share of home and business owners’ complaints.
Here is a rundown of common Alabama ants you’re likely to encounter:
While those species are bad enough, let’s move on to address the ants that pose a risk to your home or place of business itself:
Finally, it’s critical that you’re aware of the most physically dangerous ant species in Alabama:
Many home and business owners opt to take pest control into their own hands when it comes to ants, but it takes a trained, professional hand to nip the problem in the bud and ensure a colony doesn’t return more robust than before. That’s why our experienced, courteous teams of pest control experts take the time to spot-treat ants where ants are visible and eliminate the lingering problem where ants live. We use a powerful combination of both liquid and bait treatments to form a perimeter on the interior and exterior of your house or business to deny ants access to your spaces. Further, we’ll follow up with you ten days after treatment to confirm that your pest problem is really solved. That’s the kind of service you can expect from a fourth-generation family-owned business born right here in Alabama.
Call us today to send ants away. Contact us to schedule your free pest control estimate.
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