We Stop Ants Before They Come Marching In Your Home
Ants like to socialize. If you see one ant near your home, it usually means more a lurking nearby. The effective way to get rid of an ant problem is by going to the source of the problem, which means you need to find and treat the colony. Usually, there are multiple satellite ant colonies, which makes treating ants difficult as you kill one, but they will come back.
We have been eliminating ant problems in the Seattle area since 1981. There is not one issue our pest control technicians have not been able to solve. With over 100,000 satisfied residential clients, you can rest assured we will protect your home from an ant infestation.
How Do I Get Rid Of Ants?
The only reliable solution to an ant problem is to launch an all-out attack. Your call to Redi National means you’ve brought in the best-trained, best-equipped Ant Control Team. Our ant control programs are designed to prevent these re-infestations. Our 100% pest-free guarantee means your problem is solved for good.
Common Ants In The Seattle Region
Odorous House Ants, which vary from black to brown, are also known as sugar ants or coconut ants due to the sweet odor that the anal glands produce. Workers range from 2.5 to 3.5 mm and seek out sweets commonly found in kitchens, break rooms, and garage areas. The first thing to remember is not to spray for these ants. With colonies that could contain as many as 200 queens, they can easily divide their nest, making them even more challenging to eliminate.
Moisture Ants are yellow to a slightly rusty dark brown. They like to find wet or damaged wood, then pack moist sawdust up against good wood, causing the sound wood to begin to rot. Infestations occur near leaky plumbing, damp or damaged wood in a crawlspace, form boards, wood beams, window and door frames, and in soil.
They Want to Pulverize Your Home. Nature created carpenter ants for a specific reason: to aid in the breakdown of decaying wood. In other words, to pulverized rotten trees and stumps into sawdust. In turn, they’re provided with a hollow, comfortable home. Because this mutual relationship is so crucial to the balance of nature, carpenter ants instinctively build multiple satellite colonies to ensure survival if others are destroyed. Many times, at least one of the colonies will end up in your home. If they do enter your home, you should call an ant control expert before they bring down your home’s wood frames.
Turn Right at the First Whiff. Being practically blind, a carpenter ant’s whole life depends on its sense of smell. Just like bees, queen ants lay eggs while their workers forage for food, water and prospective colony locations as much as 300 feet away in all directions. Each foraging ant leaves behind an odor trail similar to perfume, called pheromone. It’s like a road map for the other ants in the colony to follow. More commonly known as an “ant trail,” a pheromone trail is tough enough to withstand the elements, including snow and rain.
Jaws… And You Thought the Movie Was Scary. Carpenter ants use their powerful jaws to bore smooth tunnels in the wood where they lay their eggs. Wet wood, dry wood, old wood, new wood — it doesn’t matter to them. It’s not unusual to find carpenter ants setting up shop in a home before the real carpenters have finished the job.
Because carpenter ants are used to living in the cold dampness of a tree stump, nothing could look more luxurious than your warm home. To them, it’s a giant stump heated year-round. They’ll take up residence in walls, floors, roofs, or any wood environment that looks cozy to them.
Sometimes the only evidence you’ll see is a single ant in your home or yard. But for every single any you see, a thousand more can be lurking behind the scenes, causing severe damage to the structure of your building. Unfortunately, the presence of carpenter ants is usually detected after their colonies are well established.