There are over 12,000 different types of ants in the world; luckily, we don’t have to deal with that many here in the great Northwest. There are three types of ants commonly found in our area:
Odorous House Ants
Also known as sugar ants, are about 1/8th of an inch long and are either brown or black. Unlike most ants, OHA’s colonies have multiple nests and more than one reproducing queen.
Season: OHA’s are active year round! Their peak season is between April and July
Favorite Spots: They nest in a variety of habitats from woodlands to beaches, but your most likely to find them in your pantry or under the sink
Causes: Their diets are mostly sugar so they seek sugary foods left around the house
Effects: For the most part they’re harmless, but they smell like rotten coconut when squished!
Pavement Ants resemble the OHA, however, they are a bit larger with a stinger. They are rarely aggressive towards humans
Season: Like most ants, their peak season is between April and July
Favorite Spots: Primarily found outside, Pavement Ants create small piles of dirt, gravel, or sand around your house
Causes: Pavement Ants feed on a variety of foods, including sweets, seeds, and insects
Effects: They can be garden pests, sometimes stealing seeds from flowers of vegetables
Thatching Ants are large, averaging between ⅕-⅜ inch in length
Season: Their reproductive swarms occur in late summer to early fall
Favorite Spots: Thatching Ants are rarely found in homes but are more common outside
Causes: When they occur in locations of human habitation they become a severe nuisance
Effects: Their nests are found in large mounds which can be quite the eye sore. Interactions with them are unpleasant as they can bite quite hard
The #1 thing you can do to reduce the number of ants in your home is to eliminate any potential food sources—sanitation is key! Once the interior of your home is thoroughly cleaned, there are indoor baits and sprays you can use to help combat the infestation. It’s important to not to use any over-the-counter solution that contains repellent. These chemicals can cause the ants to spread to other areas of the house, making the problem more difficult to solve.
Although DIY solutions can slow down an infestation, they are generally not strong enough to take out an entire nest. Our technicians know the best treatment option that will completely solve your pest issue!
Frequently Asked Questions about Ant Control
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Are your treatment methods safe for pets?
The short answer is YES! We use the same treatments at our own homes, and work diligently to make sure the treatments we use are safe and effective. One precaution you can can take to ensure your safety is to make sure the spray dries before allowing any family member to come in contact with it. If you do this, your pets will be happy and healthy.
How long does the first appointment take?
How many treatments will be needed?
This is a tricky question, because there are so many variables when dealing with ants! Due to these variables, we generally recommend our Guaranteed Plan, which covers the initial treatment and free follow-ups! If you decide to do just our one-time treatment, we only charge $75 for a follow-up within 30 days of the first treatment.
What can I do to help?
Glad you asked! Below is a list of pre- and post-treatment instructions that we recommend reviewing. While it isn’t required, we have found that following these instructions makes the treatment more effective.
Pre- and Post-Treatment Instructions
Please complete as many of these items as you can prior to our arrival. Customer partnership makes all the difference in battling an ant problem!
Please remove anything that is up against the exterior walls. Our primary ant treatment is a perimeter barrier spray, and we try our best to hit every inch of the perimeter. Having it clutter-free is terrifically helpful!
For the interior of the home, we ask that you clean the area of the infestation so that we have full access to the area.
We kindly advise you to NOT use any over-the-counter treatment methods to hold them off on your own. Over-the-counter methods typically contain a repellent that will not eliminate the pests. Instead, it will spread them out across the house. One exception to this rule is Terro bait stations; they are similar to the bait we use and will help hold off the infestation; however, it is not strong enough to wipe out a nest.
Keep the treatment are clean. If there are competing food sources, the ants may choose the crumbs/debris left out instead of our bait.
After the treatment, we will advise you on any other conducive conditions that may be contributing to your ant infestation. We recommend taking care of those if you are able to.
We again advise against using any over-the-counter methods after we have treated, including Terro. Other methods may complete with or even counteract our treatment.
Until the ant issue is solved, we advise against using cleaning chemicals in the treatment areas, and to use only use hot water for cleaning purposes as needed. Cleaning chemicals can also counteract our treatment, and repel ants away from the bait.