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How To Get Rid Of Ants On Your Orange County Property

May 25, 2021 - Ants

While many pests invade Orange County properties, ants are among the most common and frequent of them all. Ants often get inside of local homes and businesses as they search for food and places to build their colonies, and while they might be tiny, they can be extremely invasive and nearly impossible to remove.

While some ants are considered nuisance pests, others can pose health risks or even cause property damage. In this guide, you'll learn how to identify common species of ants in Orange County and discover the best way to prevent and control them.

Ants In Orange County

While there are many species around, you should be most concerned about a handful of ant varieties. These include odorous house ants, pharaoh ants, fire ants, and Argentine ants. Of these, the pharaoh ant is of particular concern because they are known to spread diseases, and fire ants often bite and sting.

Here are the basics of each of these species:

  • Odorous house ants are tiny and black, and they emit the smell of rotten coconuts when crushed.
  • Pharaoh ants are both invasive and dangerous and are yellow-brown.
  • Fire ants are well-known for their reddish-brown color, and you'll normally only find them outdoors.
  • Argentine ants aren't considered dangerous, but they are very invasive. They are dark brown.

Why Are Ants So Difficult To Remove?

Because ants are such a common problem, many home and business owners try to remove them on their own using things like over-the-counter ant sprays and traps.

However, most of these products aren't very effective. While they might kill some ants, they will rarely eradicate the entire infestation. These items can also be dangerous if you have pets or children around who might mistake ant bait for something sweet to eat.

The reasons why ants are so difficult to remove mainly have to do with colony sizes and locations. Many of these ants can have nests with thousands of individuals, and the size of the nest can be sprawling and large, and many of these nests are in areas that you might not be able to see or access, such as inside walls or underground.

Ant Prevention Tips

If you don't have ants around your Orange County property, it's a good idea to take steps to prevent them. While they are a difficult pest to keep out because of their small size, by following these tips and working with Cura Termite and Pest Control, you can deter them:

  • Keep kitchen areas clean and wipe up food and drink spills right away.
  • Place lids on all garbage cans.
  • Store pet food indoors and in airtight containers.
  • Reduce humidity by fixing leaky plumbing and using dehumidifiers.

The Most Effective Way To Remove Ants

While do-it-yourself ant control rarely works, there is one surefire way to eradicate ants for good, and it's with help from Cura Termite and Pest Control. We provide eco-friendly ant control services that will remove the infestation quickly the first time, and it all has to do with our approach and expertise.

First, we provide an initial visit to assess the infestation and come up with an action plan for treatment. Next, we apply treatments both in and around your entire property. Finally, we provide follow-up services to ensure that the ants don't return.

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