Envirosafe Termite & Pest
1800 Camden Rd #1071
Charlotte NC 28203
Ant Control Company in Charlotte, NC
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Ants are the most frequent and persistent pests encountered around homes and buildings. Besides being a nuisance, ants contaminate food, build unsightly mounds on our property, and cause structural damage by hollowing out wood for nesting. Species such as fire ants inflict painful stings, which can be life-threatening to hypersensitive individuals.
To most homeowners, all ants look pretty much alike. In truth, dozens of different species occur around homes and buildings, each having unique characteristics which may influence our organic method of control. In the Carolinas, the most common house-invading ants include pavement ants, carpenter ants, acrobat ants, pharaoh ants, and odorous house ants. The latter species has become a particular nuisance in recent years, and will be discussed later in detail. Knowing which ant(s) you have often requires the assistance of our knowledgeable technicians.
Dealing with ants can be very frustrating. Our Guaranteed Three Zone Protection plan get to the source of the infestation.
Ants are social insects which live together in cooperative, intermingling colonies.At certain times of the year, ant colonies produce large numbers of winged individuals known as swarmers. These winged ants emerge from the nest to mate and establish new colonies. When a swarm of ants emerges inside a home, it's an indication that a nest is present within the structure. Fortunately, the success rate for swarmers establishing new colonies inside buildings is low. Nonetheless, an exodus of winged ants emerging indoors can be disturbing and often mistaken for termites.
Appearance of winged ant (left) versus winged termite (right).
Note the pinched waist and elbowed antennae on the ant.
Winged ants can be distinguished from termites by comparing certain features. Ants have a narrow (pinched) waist similar to wasps, whereas termites are virtually the same width from end to end. Ants and termites each have four wings; however, on ants the front wings are longer than the hind wings while on termites all four wings are of equal size and length. Finally, the antennae of ants are bent or "elbowed" whereas termite antennae are straight.
Ants build their nests in many different locations both inside and outside of buildings. Species nesting inside, or foraging indoors for food or moisture, tend to be the most challenging to control.
The mistake most people make when attempting to control ants is only treating the ones they see. This approach usually fails because the ants seen foraging over exposed surfaces is only a small portion of the colony. Typically, there will be thousands of additional ants including one or more egg-laying queens hidden somewhere in a nest. Eliminating queens and other colony members within nests is often the key to effective ant control. Our three zone protection plan utilizes the correct amount of organic, environmentally safe products to rid your home of ants with service that is safe for your family, your pets, and your home.
Ants Nesting Indoors
Buildings contain many favorable hiding and nesting sites for ants. Preferred sites include spaces behind walls, cabinets, and appliances; behind window and door frames; and beneath floors and concrete slabs. Most of these areas are hidden, making it difficult to determine their precise location. When the location of the nest cannot be determined or is inaccessible, we use organic non-repellent materials that are taken back to the colony by the ants.
Ants Nesting Outdoors
Ants noticed inside the home may actually be nesting outdoors in the yard. This is why our Three Zone Protection plan is so important. We pay particular attention to cracks, seams, and edges created by baseboards, the tack strip beneath perimeter edges of carpeting, mortar joints, the foundation- siding interface, natural and perimeter areas. Nests often will be located in the ground, marked by a mound or anthill. Other times, the nests will be concealed under mulch, gravel, stones, landscaping timbers, pavement, or beneath the grass edge adjoining the foundation wall of the building. Some kinds of ants prefer to nest behind exterior siding or wood trim that has been damaged by moisture. While it takes patience to locate an ant colony outdoors, results will be more rapid and permanent than if you only spray where ants are seen trailing. One way to entice ants to reveal the location of their hidden nest(s) outdoors or indoors, is to place small dabs of honey or jelly on an index card, etc., next to where ants are observed. After the ants have fed, they will head back to the nest.
Ant entry can eliminated by our Three Zone Protection plan. Our technician applying an outside perimeter of a home (shown left) applying a 2 -to 6-foot swath along the ground adjacent to the foundation, and a 2-to 3-foot band up the foundation wall. We also treat ant trails and points of entry into the home, such as around doors and where utility pipes and wires enter from outside.
Odorous House Ants
The odorous house ant has become the most common and difficult ant species to control in the Carolinas and throughout much of the United States. The ant is small (1/8-inch), darkish, and forms distinct trails (shown left) along outdoor and indoor surfaces.
It is often mistaken for the pavement ant, which can readily be controlled with most baits. The most accurate diagnostic difference, visible under magnification, is the absence of a noticeable node or "bump" along the constricted area between thorax and abdomen of the odorous house ant. Pavement ants have two obvious nodes, and fine grooves or striations along the head and thorax. Pavement ants also are more likely to displace bits of soil from their typical nesting location under sidewalks, driveways and other paved areas. Odorous house ants emit what's been described as a rotten coconut or pine scent when crushed with a finger and sniffed.
Odorous house ants will nest in virtually every imaginable location. They commonly nest outdoors under pavement, stones, mulch, woodpiles, flower pots, and house siding, foraging indoors for food and moisture. Nests also occur indoors within wall cavities, appliances, potted plants, etc., especially near sources of moisture. The nests tend to be mobile; colonies relocate fast and often in response to changes in weather and disturbance.
Odorous house ant colonies tend to have numerous, egg-laying queens and the primary colonies may split into smaller ones for no apparent reason. Ants foraging indoors (shown right) feed on all manner of foods, ranging from the trash can to the cereal bowl.
Dealing with ants can be very frustrating. Our Guaranteed Three Zone Protection plan get to the source of the infestation. Call us today to control your ant problems at 704-392-2241!
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