Ant Control in Wheaton, MD

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Wheaton is home to ants of all sizes and colors. Fire ants have red upper bodies and black lower bodies. They also have visible stingers. This is what distinguishes them from Argentine ants, which look like smaller versions of them. Odorous house ants and pavement ants are smaller than one-eight of an inch in length. They may be black or brown. Formicidae ants are not as common. These pests are reddish-black in color. Black carpenter ants are larger than most ant varieties and have thick mandibles. Pharaoh ants are small and have a yellowish-brown color.

Dangers Of Ants

Fire ants pose the biggest medical risk to people. Since they have stingers with venom, some people may experience an allergic reaction to the venom. One or two stings may not lead to anything more than pain and swelling. However, these ants usually attack in groups and are aggressive, which means that medical attention may be necessary after an attack. Pharaoh ants are also nuisances because they bite. Their bites may carry a variety of illnesses such as staph or salmonella. Argentine ants do not pose a danger to health but can destroy your garden and vegetation. They kill off entire colonies of beneficial ants that keep destructive pests under control, and this leaves plant-destroying pests free to wreak havoc on your property.

Formicidae ants spit formic acid, which can cause serious skin irritation. Small ants such as pavement ants and odorous house ants can get into anything from cereal boxes to sugar bags. They contaminate your food and can create a costly problem if you must replace a lot of groceries. Carpenter ants eat anything from syrup and aphids to decaying plants and garbage. However, they use their big front mandibles to chew wood on trees, eaves or beams. This is how they create their colonies. If they are not removed quickly, they could cost you thousands of dollars in damaged wood.

How Ants Spread

Ants often venture indoors when there is not enough food for them outside. They may do this during cooler months when bug supplies are normally low. If there is a problem with your soil or if there is another pest problem that is reducing the population of predatory bugs and spiders, ant colonies may multiply fast. They continue growing as long as there is an abundant food source. These pests can enter your home anywhere through small cracks.

How To Get Rid Of Ants

Getting rid of ants is easy for a professional. At Capitol Pest Control, we have years of experience removing problematic ant populations. When we assess the problem, we look at what is causing it. If there is a soil issue, another pest issue or a special source of attraction for the ants, we let you know about it. Our professionals can suggest tips to help you prevent future problems. Do not risk your health by using dangerous chemicals from home improvement stores.

We proudly serve Wheaton and the surrounding areas. Our professionals stand behind their work and our quality guarantee. We know how to handle any type of ant problem efficiently. To learn more about our ant control methods or for a free no-obligation quote, please call us today.