Ants are one of the most common pest problems in the world. Seeing a few ants in your home may not seem like a big deal, but where there are a few ants, there are likely more in a colony nearby. Mature colonies can contain anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 ants, and large colonies can have up to 50,000.
When you notice an ant problem, it’s best to contact a professional exterminator, like Maine Bed Bug and Pest Control, to thoroughly address the infestation right away.
Types of Ants Common in Maine
Carpenter Ants are the most common ant species in Maine and are black or red in color. They do not eat wood, but they tunnel through it to build their nests and colonies which can cause structural damage if left unchecked. You’ll likely find them around your deck, windows, doors, and house siding.
Typically found outside, Cornfield Ants make craters in lawns and nest in soil, under stones and bricks, around sidewalks, and in rotting wood. Although usually found outside, they can be drawn inside by sources of food and water. Cornfield ants do bite causing a mild stinging sensation and itching.
European Red Ants
Also known as European fire ants, these are the most invasive and pesky ant species in Maine. They are very small and reddish in color. They defend their colony by stinging people and animals that are moving slowly or resting on their territory. These ants do not nest indoors, but you want to quickly remove them from your yard before they establish a nest and the land becomes difficult to use.
Solving Your Ant Problem
There are do-it-yourself solutions such as ant bait, traps, or sprays, but they often only kill the ants you see walking around and don’t treat the source of the problem – the colony. These solutions are not long-lasting and are not effective against serious infestations.
The best solution is to find a reliable and local professional exterminator. Depending on the type of ant, there are many professional treatments including foggers, granules, dust, and liquid sprays. The experienced exterminators at Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control will identify the ant species and determine the proper treatment and deal with hard-to-reach spaces like air ducts and crawl spaces that attract ants.
Professional extermination offers a safe, effective, and long-lasting solution to ant infestations.
Although ants are an incredibly common problem, there are steps you can take to prevent ants from entering your home.
● Block points of entry. Inspect the outside of your home for cracks and crevices, especially around doors and windows.
● Eliminate moisture. Check for leaky sinks and pipes and make sure downspouts outside the home are working properly.
● Don’t leave food out. Clean the kitchen often, store food in airtight containers, store fruit in the refrigerator, and take out the garbage regularly.
If you’re having trouble with ants in your home or yard, call Maine Bed Bug and Pest Control today at (207) 650-8654 for professional and thorough extermination services.