In recent news, a man in Maine burned his parents’ house to the ground when he tried to eliminate an ant infestation on his own. According to the report, the 21-year-old man tried to incinerate the ants with wooden matches when he accidentally ignited the combustible material. Although no human lives were lost in the fire, three family pets died.
At Capitol Pest, the last thing we want is for you to put your life or the lives of those in your household – furry friends included – at risk by trying to deal with a pest infestation on your own. With so many species of ants that call Maryland, Washington D.C. and northern Virginia home, you’re bound to run into an army trying to attack your property.
Signs of an Ant Infestation
Of all the species of ants you can find in Maryland, Washington D.C. and northern Virginia, the carpenter ant causes homeowners the most problems. Whether it’s invading your pantry’s food items or eating through your home’s foundation, a carpenter ant infestation can become costly. Your home might be infested with ants if you:
- Find scattered piles of wood shavings underneath wooden items.
- Hear faint rustling noises coming from inside any woodwork or walls.
- See large winged ants emerge from walls, ceilings and hidden crevices.
Home Treatment Methods That Fail
While commercial traps and sprays might rid your home of ants for the time being, many of these baits and solutions are as toxic as they are ineffective at permanently resolving the infestation. As a result, many homeowners opt for home remedies as an alternative, which also often fail at eliminating the ants for good. Here are three to avoid.
- Boric acid: It doesn’t work fast enough to control a rapidly growing ant colony.
- Mint leaves: Just one of the many home remedies that simply doesn’t work.
- Moth balls: While they work for cleaning clothes, they don’t work for household infestations.
How Capitol Pest Can Help
Capitol Pest uses a blend of safe and effective solutions to ensure we exterminate the pests after our first round of treatments. Your health and safety are our primary concern; ridding your home of an ant infestation is our second. When you entrust us with an extermination, our team of pest control specialists will:
- Provide a customer experience that results in 110-percent satisfaction.
- Use the latest technologies and the safest treatment methods for effective extermination.
- Avoid the use of pesticides when possible.
If you’re in need of pest control services in Maryland, Washington D.C. or northern Virginia, contact Capitol Pest at (240) 455-5179. Our extermination experts are standing by to restore your sense of peace and comfort.