Ant Control West Palm Beach
As residents of South Florida, the odds are that you are quite familiar with ants. These pests sneak into our homes in search of food and once they find some they are there to stay. Ants are attracted to scraps of food, particularly that of sugary foods, taking the food back to their colony and continuously returning to the food source until something stops them.
Most people in West Palm Beach think that a trip to the store for ant killer insecticide will do the trick, but unless you know what you are doing you could cause more harm than good. Store bought pesticides and poisons can be potentially harmful to the health of your household, especially to your children and pets.
By getting in touch with your local ant control company in West Palm Beach, Native Pest Management, you can relax knowing that your ant infestation will be quickly, and effectively taken care of. While there are a number of different ant species here in the West Palm Beach area, there are two species of ants that you are most likely to see in your home — ghost ants and sugar ants.
Ant Infestations In West Palm Beach
Disclaimer: Sugar ants and Ghost ants are the same.
Most people think that Sugar ants and Ghost ants are different species of ants, and they are — but they also aren’t. You might be thinking, “How can this be? That doesn’t make any sense.” Well, in an effort to clear things up for you, let our pest control company explain. Any ant that is attracted to sugar, starches, and other forms of food can be considered to be “Sugar ants,” making virtually any nuisance ant in your home a Sugar ant. That being said, Ghost ants are commonly referred to as sugar ants because they are the most common ant that we see in homes or business here in the Palm Beach County area.
There is, however, an ant species known as the “banded sugar ant,” but if you find this pest in your home we have bigger problems — being that it can only be found in Australia, and all. Now that we have cleared that up, let’s continue to discuss Ghost ants — the most common ant pest in South Florida.
Ghost ants (Tapinoma melanocephalum) are among the most common ants that we see inside of homes in the West Palm Beach area. Ghost ants get their name from their pale colored legs and abdomen that act as a camouflage of sorts. Often times, when we receive a call from a customer saying that they have a sugar ant infestation, the culprit usually ends up being the ghost ant, as, like most sugar eating ants, the ghost ant is very small. Ghost ants range in size with the most common sizes being within 1.3 to 1.5 millimeters long. What makes this pest especially invasive is their ability to redistribute and move entire nests quickly in response to a threat, so If you believe to have gotten rid of them, they may have just moved.
Ghost ants, being extremely small, can easily enter your home by hitching a ride in on a houseplant, or even by crawling through the openings around your doors. Once inside your home, ghost ants will feed on sugary foods like sweets, cereals, syrups, and whatever else they can find easy access to inside of your pantry. Ghost ants are considered to be difficult pests to get rid of because once they find a food source they will establish anywhere from one, to multiple colonies within close proximity of the food source.
Identifying An Infestation
One of the most important parts of the pest management process for ant control in West Palm Beach is to identify that you have an infestation in the first place. Now, we aren’t saying that you need to contact us right away upon noticing an ant or two, but if you see a large number of Ghost ants it might be time to schedule a treatment.
How Did I Get Ghost Ants?
One of the most common questions that we get upon our arrival for a pest control services appointment is “How did I get Ghost ants?” Well, luckily, it is not your fault — in fact, Ghost ants are extremely hard to keep out of your home or business, being that their size allows for them to enter through even the smallest of cracks. Once these pests are inside, they skeek food in large numbers. Sugar, and sugary products like cereal and syrups are the primary attractants of ghost ants — making a clean kitchen and food storage area imperative in limiting the risk of ant infestation.
Identifying An Ant Problem
As we mentioned earlier, Ghost ants are extremely small, with average sizes ranging from 1.3 to 1.5 millimeters long. Ghost ants have a dark head and body with a lighter colored abdomen. Some of the most common places that people identify Ghost ants are on kitchen countertops, sinks, floors, and cabinets that have some sort of food residue, so chances are that if you see an group of small ants in any of those areas that you have an ant infestation.
Native Pest Management: Your Source For Quality Ant Control
At Native Pest Management, we understand the annoyance that ghost ants can cause within your home. Because of this, we offer ghost ant treatments and removal services in West Palm Beach and it’s surrounding areas. If you believe that you have a ghost ant infestation, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. Ghost ants are known to be a rather serious pest infestation to deal with, being that they have multiple nests that are always moving as new queens leave and establish new colonies. If you find an infestation in your home or business, be sure to contact the pros at Native Pest Management! Let us take care of your infestation for you!
We look forward to providing our ghost ant control services and leaving you with a pest free home.