Local Ant Exterminator for the Control and Prevention of Ants

Ants are perhaps the most common pests you can have in your home. There are many species of ants, each with its distinct behavioral characteristics, food, and preferred environment. But the bottom line is that most ants can be a nuisance at the very least and hazardous if not controlled. Ants are highly social insects which means that they are intelligent; if you spot one, expect more, which makes getting rid of them a task best left to professional ant exterminators. At Pelican Pest Control, we have the experience, equipment, and skills to eradicate this pest without causing environmental hazards while using the most humane ways.

Get The Best Ant Control Service in Louisiana

At Pelican Pest Control, we understand how severe an ant infestation can be and the need for ant prevention, and that is why we have designed our services to ensure that they are eradicated for good.

  • Free inspection: one of the most difficult and overlooked steps of ant control is the inspection. With our free inspection, we can quickly spot what ant species have invaded your home and quickly move to eradicate them.
  • Money-back guarantee: we pride ourselves on the work we do. So much so that we offer a money-back guarantee if we do not fully eradicate the ants. However, we understand that there may be some unforeseen circumstances; so if the pests come back too soon, so do we, free of charge.
  • Environmentally friendly and EPA-approved products: We use pet-friendly, kid-friendly, and EPA-approved products. This reduces the chances of allergic reactions and ensures we do our part in preserving the environment.
  • Affordable monthly plans: We offer affordable monthly plans for those looking for recurring pest control services in Baton Rouge from expert ant exterminators. This ensures that your home is protected all year round in a timely and scheduled way.

Signs of infestations

One of the best ways to do proper ant extermination is by ensuring the pest numbers do not grow. There are a few ways to detect an early ant infestation which makes the extermination cheaper and better.

Spot the trails:
Ants are tiny insects; however, they move and live in colonies, making it easier to spot them. You can quickly spot a trail of ants, making it easy to know what level of infestation you have. However, with most ants adept at hiding their nests, spotting them is not enough; learning where they breed and live is essential, making it more important to work with expert exterminators for ants like us.

Spot the mounds:
Most ant species prefer living out in the soil, where they can forage for food in the plant cover without the risk of predators. However, with houses giving them added protection and humans providing readily available food, most ants first invade yards and lawns before moving into the house. An excellent way to know that you may have an ant infestation is by spotting any mounds around your yard. As different ant species build different mounds, you can also know the variety of ants infesting your property.

Wood shavings:
unlike termites, ants do not eat wood. However, some ant species like the carpenter ants use wet and decaying wood as their mound. You can spot these types of ants easily as they leave wood shavings behind in small heaps.

What are the effects of an ant infestation?

At Pelican Pest Control, we have seen the effects ants can bring to your property. Despite most of them being non-poisonous, they can still be detrimental to you, your pets, and the environment, making ant control that more important.

Destroy property

One of the most significant effects caused by ants is property damage. These tiny creatures are the true definition of the power of unity. Their one-track mind can lead to thousands of ants infesting specific structures. And it is just not structures and objects; they can also destroy the very foundation of your home. Ants can dig and make tunnels under your house, destroying the building’s structural integrity. They can also chew and destroy the wooden beams supporting your house, making the damage even worse.

Irritating bite

Most household ants may not be venomous enough to cause severe or fatal injuries. However, most of them have an irritating bite and/or sting that can be very painful. Many of them moving in colonies are very likely to be bitten or stung by multiple ants. However, some people have ant-related allergies, which can lead to life-threatening situations, making the pest control of ants even more important.

Invade your food

Evolution has led to most ants having flat bodies, which allows them to penetrate even the smallest cracks. This makes them perfectly suited to invade your food cabinets leading to food contamination. Many ant species grind down food so that they can easily transport it, leaving behind inedible or damaged food.

Attract other pests

Ants are by no means on top of the food chain; they are prey to plenty of other animals and insects. If you have an ant infestation, they will likely attract other pests, which may cause even more damage or could be dangerous to you or your pets.

Safe and effective ant control

At Pelican Pest Control in New Orleans, we want everyone to understand how to do proper ant control in their home safely. By preventing an ant infestation instead of eradicating them, you can avoid expensive fumigation that could damage the ecosystem.

Pick up food

One of the first things you should do is pick up any food from the ground or the carpet. Ants are attracted to sweet foods, meaning if you leave food crumbs behind, you could be inviting them to your home.

Clean the kitchen and secure all the food in closed jars

In the kitchen, during cooking, food pebbles can easily drop and attract ants. Therefore, it is advisable to clean your kitchen thoroughly to avoid such infestations. However, to ensure that ants do not have a food source, it is always advisable to store it in closed and sealed jars. Their flat bodies make ant pest control harder and allow them to penetrate most cabinet doors; therefore, putting them in cabinets is not enough. By sealing your food in jars, you can cut off most of their food supply, reducing the chances of an infestation.

Some Common Household Ant Species

While there are many ant species, not all of them are native to the US or invade homes. But some ant species have adapted and thrived in these environments.

Carpenter ants

Carpenter ants are perhaps the most destructive ant species. They do not feed on wood but live in it, burrowing and destroying the wood leaving behind wooden shavings. They are mostly black or brown and have a painful sting.

Argentine ants

These are some of the most adaptive ant species with no natural predators; as such, their colonies could grow very quickly. Couple this with the fact that Argentine ants can have hundreds of queens as opposed to most ant species which just have one or a few queens, and you can quickly have a serious ant infestation.

Little black ants

As the name suggests, these are tiny ant species. But they are highly adaptive and intelligent, making them hard to spot until you have a full-blown infestation. On average, they also have two to four queens, further expediting an infestation.

Why you should work with Pelican Pest Control

Do you have an ant infestation that you just can’t seem to get rid of? Are you looking for an experienced team of exterminators for ants near you? Contact Pelican Pest Control, the best pest control company for ants, and enjoy our 2-hour arrival window. You do not have to wait any longer to have that peace of mind in your ant-free home. 

FAQ about Ant Control Treatments

Ants are perhaps one of the most destructive pests you can have in your home. That is why it is always best to contact an ant exterminator as soon as you see any signs, no matter how small they are. If you spot an ant trail, ant mounds, or wood shavings, you may have an ant infestation. If you wait too long, they may cause irreversible damage.
Luckily, ants are not disease vectors. However, their numbers can cause food contamination, leading to various digestive diseases. But more importantly, most ants have a painful bite or sting. Some have both! An ant bite or sting can lead to allergic reactions. And seeing that ants have a swarm mentality, you can easily be attacked by many, making the allergic reaction worse or fatal.
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