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Ant Control: they don’t only ruin picnicsl

Ants are one of the most common insects on the planet. In fact, in terms of weight there are as many ants on earth as people. Meaning if you could weight all the people in the world and all the ants, the weight would be roughly the same. That is a lot of ants! They are also an incredibly old species. Scientists believe that ants began to appear on earth about 130 million years ago. So as a species, ants are pretty crafty at staying alive

Being so numerous and such good survivors, it is no wonder that ants infest homes and businesses throughout Westchester County.

How to spot an ant infestation

Ants are amazing creatures but that doesn’t mean we want them getting in our food and spread disease. But Ants are pretty good at being discrete until they aren’t. That is to say that, until you get large amounts showing themselves they are pretty easy to miss. However, there are still some signs to look for. First, ants are most active at sun down so if you go on

the hunt in your Manhattan home or business then do it during those hours. Second, ants send out scouts to find food and then inform the colony. If you see a few ants, on your kitchen floor perhaps, then these are probably scouts which means that an infestation is possibly on its way.

Ants form colonies headed by a queen and her workers. They develop quickly into large nests formed along the openings and crevices of a property. The Eco-Plus Pest Management Corp. pest control experts are trained and experienced to quickly identify any ant species that can threaten the well-being of individuals and the overall structural integrity of your property in Middletown with a customized pest control program for their quick removal.

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Carpenter ants

Carpenter ants are a different story when it comes to detection. These ants are the type you least want to find in your Manhattan home or business. This is because carpenter ants destroy wood and can seriously damage a structure- leading to expensive repairs.

Carpenter Ants leave frass at the entrances to their nests because they do not eat the wood, they just chew it to make tunnels. Frass looks like small piles of sawdust. Another sign to look for, or listen for, is the sound like the dry rustling of leaves in your wall. This sound is from many ants clicking their jaws.

If you have an ant issue there is no reason to worry. Just call the experts at Eco-Plus a call and we will be there as soon as possible to renew your peace of mind.

To learn more about ant infestations and how to get eliminate them safely from your Middletown location, contact a Eco-Plus Pest Management Corp. specialist for a free assessment.

Ant Facts and Tips

  • Keep foods tightly sealed and wrapped and clean up any crumbs or spills promptly.
  • Keep pet food dishes out only at mealtime.
  • Ants leave pheromone trails when foraging for food which allows them to keep track of where they’ve been and ensures that they do not waste time searching the same area.
  • Any visible ant trails can be sprayed with vinegar and water, or window cleaner to eliminate pheromone traces which help them organize foraging.
  • Caulk and seal any visible cracks and crevices.
  • An Ant can lift 20 times its own body weight making it a very persistent and determined pest.
  • Some queen ants can live for years and produce literally millions of offspring.
  • When the queen dies a colony does not normally survive. Worker ants cannot reproduce.
  • A colony will pick up and move quickly if they are severely threatened.
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