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ODOROUS HOUSE ANTS

Odorous House Ants typically make their homes in exposed soil, or under rocks, logs, mulch, etc. as well as cracks and crevices within a structure such as a home or business. They prefer a warm, moist environment and often invade and thrive inside structures, nesting in wall and floor voids.

CARPENTER ANTS

Less common than the Odorous House Ant, Carpenter Ants generally live in damp wood such as old tree stumps, in and around firewood, decaying trees, and house plants. They sometimes enter structures via wet and/or damaged wood and make their nests there. While Carpenter Ants tunnel their way through decaying wood, they do not ingest the wood but instead remove the debris and place it in small piles outside of their nests.

IMPORTED FIRE ANTS

Fire Ants are aggressive and have a painful bite. They construct their nests in mounds of soil near the foundation of a structure or in landscape areas and frequently enter a structure via holes or cracks in walls and in foundations.

Ban-A-Pest uses the best products on the market, such as Termidor® and Phantom® to provide a safe and effective means of controlling these household pests.

BEFORE THE SERVICE TECHNICIAN ARRIVES

Do not use any pesticides to try to control the ant problem as these may significantly interfere with the efficiency of the pesticide that will be used by the Service Technician. Remove all items away from the walls and windows in the home as well as countertops and all affected areas. Be prepared to explain to the Service Technician areas where ants have been discovered. Clean all floor and countertop surfaces thoroughly as baits are often used to control an ant problem and any additional food sources would greatly interfere with the efficiency of a bait application.

AFTER THE SERVICE TECHNICIAN LEAVES

Good housekeeping practices are a must in order to control this common household pest. Keep countertops and appliances free of grease or other food sources. Make sure the the structure is free from debris, exposed food items, and pet food. Keep tree branches and shrubbery trimmed back away from the home or structure. Seal any cracks in and around your home or structure. Keep the yard mowed and trimmed regularly. Remove any standing water around the structure. Remove any firewood or building materials as well as any other clutter next to the home or structure.

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