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Stopping Ants Entering Your Home Minnesota

Minnesota homeowners have more than enough to worry about; the last thing you want to have on your mind is pesky ants wandering through your home and your life. (more…)

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Ant or Termite? How To Tell the Difference

Winged ants and termites look similar and are often mistaken for each other. Both are black, with six legs, and are approximately half an inch long. The pest control methods required to deal with ants and termites are quite different so it helps to know the main differences between them.

  • Ants’ bodies have three distinct sections with a narrow neck and a narrow waist.
  • Termites’ bodies are roughly the same width all the way along.
  • Ants have longer legs than termites.
  • Ants’ antennae are bent in the middle; termites’ antennae are straight.

If the insects you see in or near your home are winged termites, it is likely to be a swarming termite looking for a new nesting area in which to establish a colony. You should call your local pest control services right away for advice. If they confirm a termite problem, they can destroy the old colony, remove any termites that have begun to nest in your home, and help protect your home against future termite colonization.

If you do not want to destroy the ants’ nest, just keep them out of your home, you should try:

  • Store food securely, clean up crumbs, and wipe surfaces so that ants are not attracted into your home.
  • Put talc or salt under doors and around windows to deter ants from entering your home.

Outdoor nests can be very difficult to eliminate without chemicals. Using water to flood nests is usually not effective. Use of gasoline also is ineffective and dangerous and causes environmental pollution. Repeated drenchings of a nest with an insecticidal soap solution is sometimes effective in forcing an ant colony to relocate. There is no scientific evidence that spearmint gum, red pepper, orange peels, or various herbs repel ants effectively. Remember you must kill or relocate the queen to manage an ant colony.

Minnesota Ant Pest Control

Call a Minnesota pest control expert if your pest control methods don’t work; that ant could be a termite.

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Minnesota Ant Pest Control

Ant colonies can be enormous.  Their colonies can number up to 300,000-500,000.  They can basically invade your home or office through any crack or hole.  Your lawn, walls, stumps, and under your foundation, are perfect nesting spots for ants.  Generally, they are seeking sweet or greasy food, or water, so closing lids, and cleaning up messes can help reduce the problem.

There are many different “castes”, or types, of Carpenter Ants, such as the queen, workers and males.  Since any of these three castes of Carpenter Ants look differently from one another, and many of these ants look and act similarly to termites and some other types of ants, it is imperative to seek professional help when identifying and removing the ant infestation.   Different species require different treatments.  What you need is an exterminator who will locate the nest location(s) and eliminate all the ants.  If you think you may have a Carpenter Ant problem, call a pest control professional today!

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