If you are one of those people who work effortlessly to keep their premises spick and span, then seeing a few ants marching about your walls, floors, and corners can ruin your day.
There are nearly a thousand different species of ants, with the most common ones in the US being carpenter ants, pavement ants, fire ants, harvester ants, pharaoh ants, and Argentine ants.
Apart from being a revolting sight, ants are notorious for damaging wood finishes and compromising structural integrity. An ant infestation can go beyond damaging your property to putting you and your employees’ health through the spread of harmful bacteria.
All in all, you don’t want to leave an ant problem unchecked. So, here’s a comprehensive guide to help you with commercial ant control and prevention.
So, the first question you’re probably asking yourself is how the heck do you have an ant problem. Ants don’t just come to your building for no reason. In most cases, they are attracted by:
Ants eat everything humans consume, but they are especially drawn to sweet things. So, they may invade your building because of food scraps you or your employees drop on the coffee counter, office kitchen floor, or any other surface within reach.
The problem is that once those few ants find crumbs of food, they leave a scent trail for the rest of the colony to follow.
Much like all other animals, ants also need warm and comfortable shelter to make their home. So, they tend to migrate indoors when the outside is too hot, dry, or wet. And because they are tiny, they can squeeze themselves in between your floorboards or within crevices and cracks in your building.
Carpenter ants and other ant species will drill through wood structures to make a home on your property.
Another reason you may be having ants on your property is moisture. Though ants are tiny and consume little water, they need a lot of water for storage. So, things like leaking pipes and faucets, and potted plants can attract colonies of ants.
Spotting one or two ants within or around your property doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re dealing with an infestation. The best way to be sure that you have an ant problem and need to take action is to look out for these signs:
If indoor ants have infested your commercial property, the best way to get rid of them quickly and effectively is to hire a professional pest control service. Ant exterminators have the expertise, experience, and tools needed to ensure ants won’t bother you again.
That said, you can use other ant control tips to get rid of stinky and odorous house ants. These include:
Clearing crazy ants from your commercial space can be quite a challenge, so the last thing you want is for them to get back. Below are some great tips for keeping ants at bay after getting rid of an infestation.
Ants find shelter in mulch, rock piles, woodpiles, tree stumps, disposed cardboard boxes, and other garbage so try to declutter your property.
Insecticide use is one of the best ways of killing ants and preventing a re-infestation. For the best results, be sure to use an insecticide that targets the specific ant infesting your commercial premises. If you are unsure of things, make a point of working with a reputable pest control service proficient in ant extermination.
An expert can easily identify the ant type in your place and determine the best locations to apply insecticide so as to avoid re-infestation. They’ll also set up bait stations to keep foraging ants from bringing back their colonies.
It would help if you used ant repellents to prevent future ant problems. Be sure to note the type of ant invading your property so you can get the most appropriate and effective repellent. You also need to consider the safety of your product, more so if there’s significant human and pet activity around your premises.
If you have an ant problem in your commercial building in Florida, whether a new infestation or re-infestation, we are here to help.
We have a team of professional ant exterminators with over 20 years of on-the-job experience. Skymark Pest Services is a trusted and well-reviewed company, which means that we are the right people for getting rid of your ant problem. Get in touch with us today at 352-552-3290, so we can help you get rid of your ant problem!