There are several thousand types of ants found all over the world. In West Palm Beach, we only have about nine different species to deal with. That number may not seem that big, but when you consider the fact that ants can live in giant colonies that contain over 100,000 members, dealing with just one species of ant can be overwhelming.
At Empire Pest Defense, we are committed to keeping all ants out of your home. Our West Palm Beach pest control specialists have been battling the common ants in this area for years and know the best way to get them to leave your home for good quickly.
The Life Cycles Of Ants: How Ant Colonies Develop
Every ant colony starts with a queen. In most ant colonies, there is one reproductive female ant, which is the queen, and several male reproductive ants. Some reproductive ants have a pair of small wings on their backs that allow them to fly a short distance. Usually, if there is more than one female reproductive ant in a colony, they will leave the nest to find a mate.
Once the female has found her mate, she and the male reproductive ant will shed their wings and start a new colony. At first, the queen and the male reproductive ant will do all of the work when it comes to excavating the area to make room for the nest. However, the queen will also start reproducing almost immediately. Some queen ants can lay between 600 and 900 eggs each day, so it doesn't take long for the nest to become heavily populated.
Ant Dangers: Understanding The Risks Of An Infestation
Several types of ants in this area are known to be invasive and can quickly infest homes. These home-invading ants are known to carry a variety of bacteria and harmful pathogens. If they get around your food or walk near your food surfaces, they could contaminate your food. Some of the most common illnesses people contract from an ant infestation include salmonellosis, E. coli infections, and streptococcus.
Fire ants are one of the many common types of ants found in West Palm Beach. These ants are known for their aggressive behaviors and are able to both bite and sting anyone who gets too close to their nest. While most people only experience mild symptoms after being stung by a fire ant, some people can be allergic to the fire ant's venom and will experience a severe allergic reaction that requires medical attention.
Professional Ant Control: A Great Way To Get Rid Of An Ant Infestation
It is rare for anyone to have just one or two ants in their home. If you are seeing only a few ants, there is a good chance that you have several thousand more hiding in the dark crevices of your home. The best way to ensure that every ant is removed from your home is to team up with a professional pest control specialist. A professional will have the best tools and treatments to provide effective ant control to your home and property.
Ant Prevention Tips: Keep Your Home Ant-Free
If you want to prevent an ant infestation in your home, try these tips:
- Keep food in airtight containers
- Clean your home often to ensure no food particles are lying around
- Make sure there are no gaps or cracks around your home
If you are looking for an easy and hassle-free way to get rid of the ants in your West Palm Beach home, Empire Pest Defense is here to help. Give us a call today to get your free quote and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in West Palm Beach.