Ant Extermination Service
What is included in the Kanga Ants extermination service?
Depending on the species of ant, a typical service for a non wood destroying ant, there will be a full interior treatment and exterior treatment. A thorough exterior inspection will be performed to find any trailings from an outside source. If crawlspace needs to be treated then that will be included in the service.
How long does an average appointment take?
An average appointment is anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour and a half.
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What kind of ants might I be seeing?
Ants cause problems primarily when they invade buildings for food or water, or when they construct nests in buildings and gardens. When searching for food, ants can be attracted to a wide range of products, with different species preferring sweets, meats, fats or oils. When desirable items are found ants will recruit fellow nest mates to help gather the food and return it to the nest. This can result in large numbers of ants appearing over a short period of time. Of all insects that infest buildings, ants are the most common. There are many different species of ant. Each is unique in terms of nesting sites, habits, characteristics and feeding preferences. Odorous house ants which are the most common household ant pests, give off an unpleasant smell when crushed; some people compare it to rotten coconuts. Odorous house ants have a sweet tooth that often leads them wandering across your kitchen counters day and night, looking for sugary snacks. Odorous house ants are not to be feared. They don’t transmit diseases, they won’t cause structural damage to your house, and they can’t sting you.
Carpenter Ants (Camponotus spp.) are found in and around homes, being a large ant typically blackish or very dark bodied. Carpenter ants will establish nests in multiple locations. Outdoor sites include stumps, hollow logs, telephone poles, fence posts and other similar large pieces of wood. It is preferred by many species, wood that is moist or partially decayed. However they may also use cracks, crevices and other cavities to start nesting in wood. They may be carried into homes through firewood or enter and establish colonies through different routes. These ants move into homes to scavenge and feed. Among other methods, foragers often enter homes through tree limbs or wires that touch the house. Thus can cause a nesting infestation that may or may not be in the home itself. Most often the primary nest where the queen is located may be away from the home or other infested structure. While nests located within the structure may be secondary or satellite nests where no egg laying queen is present. Indoor nests may be found in window sills, hollow doors, porch substructures, roofs, baseboards, fireplaces, shingles or other hollow areas. Carpenter ants cause damage to structures and contaminate food.
Pharaoh Ants: This species is common in the United States and are to be considered the more difficult pest management challenges. Pharaoh ants prefer warmer and moister conditions than many of the other household pest species. Their nesting and foraging behavior will usually cause them to nest near sources of moisture such as sink areas, dishwashing equipment, water foundations, windows where moisture condenses during cold seasons, and house plants. While they forage for liquid sources of sugars they also need protein to maintain blood production within the colony which then they are found foraging on dead insects typically collected from window ledges and around light fixtures.
Velvety Tree Ants: (Crematogaster spp.) The workers range from 1/10 to 1/6 in. in length, depending on the species. They range in color from yellowish-brown, to red and black, to black. They also feature a heart shaped abdomen that is flattened on the upper side and curved below. Their nests are located in cold tree stumps, in cavities of trees, under tree bark, beneath stones on the ground and occasionally, within the walls or attics of homes. Foragers commonly enter homes, where they contaminate foods in the kitchen and seek other insects for food. Control programs should be approached similarly as for carpenter ants, beginning with a thorough inspection to locate the primary and satellite nests. Remove any tree limbs touching the roof sides of the home that may be used by workers to gain access.
Pavement Ants: (Tetramorium caespitum) (Linnaeus) This is a small 1/8 to 1/6 in. Blackish brown ant with paler legs and antennae. The pavement ant is an occasional pest in the Pacific Northwest. Nests are usually found outdoors under stones, next to buildings, and under cracks of pavement although they can occasionally be found in walls, under floors and in insulation. This ant can be a nuisance around homes with slab-on-grade construction. They enter through cracks in the slab or similar openings in search of food, with greasy and sweet materials being preferred.