Ants are present in every part of the world. While they may not pose any problems in small numbers, they can be elevated to pest level when there are ant colony infestations in or around your home. A single colony can contain between 300,000 to 500,000. Their nests are vast networks of tunnels that spread across a large area, and ant hills can create a variety of problems on your property. Even miniscule amounts of food particles on your kitchen floor or countertop can attract hundreds of worker ants foraging for food and water. So, if you have a colony of ants living nearby, youre faced with an invasion on a daily basis, making them pests that need removing. While ants can be a nuisance when it comes to food and hygiene, termites pose an altogether different type of problem. They invade homes and destroy anything made of wood by eating away at them and turning them to dust. Not only do termites destroy furniture and fittings, they also cause allergic reactions in many people.
The importance of ant and termite control
You may not think that ants can cause too much of a problem, but termite control is more important than you think. There are so many different types of ants, and each type behaves in their own unique ways, causing unique sets of possible problems. In the home, there is a constant battle with ants that come for any food left in the open or tiny specks left on floors and countertops or even in the rubbish bin. Outside the house, fire ants can especially be a huge nuisance, ruining a perfectly nice day sitting out and enjoying the sun. They may not be dangerous, but they can definitely bite. Also, ant nests inside walls and under houses can cause damage over time. This could also affect the value of your property. Ants are hard to get rid of, because we can only eliminate the ones that we can see. The bigger problem, though, are the ones we cannot see. As long as the nest is safe and thriving, no matter how many worker ants we get rid of, there will always be hundreds or thousands more ready to immediately take their place. So long as the queen ant survives, there will always be a seemingly endless supply of worker ants, and queen ants can live up to 15 years. So, the only solution is to eliminate the colony at its origin the nest, including the queen.
Similarly, termites too live in colonies of hundreds of thousands of individual termites. They build and maintain nests and forage for food. One of their favourite foods is wood or anything made from wood, like paper and cardboard. Termites can eat away wooden furniture, doors, windows, cabinets, and even carpets and clothing. The damage they cause is far worse than what ants can do. The integrity of the house structure can be compromised and the value of the property can be greatly affected. They also carry certain allergens that cause allergic reactions in many people. While most types of ants prefer warm climates, termites dont really care as long as there is enough food and they are safe. Eliminating them is the only way to stop them from destroying the house.
Reasons for getting expert pest removal services
The difficulty in controlling ant infestations is that any strategy for doing so requires a good knowledge of the type of infestation you are dealing with. Experts who have a good understanding of how the various types of ants behave are better equipped to effectively eliminate entire colonies of those ants. Similarly with termites, experts will identify the species, locate the nests and then use the most effective method to remove the termites.