When you find a trail of ants marching in your home, your first instinct might be to rush to your local home improvement or grocery store to stock up on DIY treatments. While these methods might seem appealing at first, many homeowners quickly realize that they only provide temporary relief, and ants are back in no time. When you choose DIY solutions, you are merely focusing on symptoms of the problem rather than the root cause, leading to you treating for ants again and again and again, in a cycle that wastes your time and money.
Full Protection Against All Ant Varieties
There are nearly 1,000 species of ants in the United States, and while they all are not going to be in your home, understanding what species is actually affecting you is vital for effective treatment. Here at Sound Pest Control, we target our treatments according to the specific type of ants that are present, ensuring your home is treated properly and as quickly as possible. Two of the most common culprits are Carpenter Ants and Odorous House Ants.
Carpenter Ants are dreaded because they can cause structural damage to your home. They hollow out moist wooden areas to create a nest within them. Common places to find them are window sills, chimneys, cabinets near a sink or dishwasher, hollow spaces like doors or wall voids. They tend to nest in the depths of your home, which means it requires a professional exterminator to effectively find and eliminate every trace of the colonies.
Not only will they chew their way through the wood in your home to enter their nest, but also to exit. Their main reason to leave their nest is to search for food, and they often leave a trail of particles that resemble sawdust behind them. Contrary to belief, they don’t actually eat any of the wood, but merely get it out of their way as they hunt for proteins and sugars to feast on.
Our expert carpenter ant exterminators are trained to know the signs of a carpenter ant infestation.
A good indicator of a Carpenter Ant is their large in size. They measure from 6 to 13 mm in length, while the queen may be more than 25 mm long. As the colonies mature throughout late spring and early summer, they produce winged ants, called swarmers. Their job is to leave the nest and establish a new one elsewhere, putting additional areas of your home at risk.
Odorous House Ants
Odorous House Ants get their name because of the distinct smell that is emitted when their bodies are crushed, which is often likened to rotten coconuts. They enter your home in search of food, which they will raid your pantry and cupboards for, preferring sweets and meats. Their nests are often near:
- Warm, moist areas
- Wall crevices
- Heaters and water pipes
- Under carpeting
- Beneath floors
Their evasive nature makes it necessary for a professional exterminator to locate and eradicate their colonies.
While these ants are capable of biting humans, they do not cause much pain. Their main threat is to your food supplies, which can quickly become contaminated and therefore inedible, costing you money to replace groceries. They are also fairly resistant to DIY treatments like liquid or aerosol insecticides. Those methods often create more issues, scattering workers who create more nesting sites, increasing the severity of your infestation.
Odorous House Ants are smaller in size than Carpenter Ants, measuring 2.4 to 3.3 mm in length. Their colonies are typically several thousand workers with many queens, although they can become extremely large.
Get Ants Out with Family-Friendly Treatments
Ant colonies can number in the tens of thousands, and while your infestation probably is not yet to that point, their numbers are still overwhelming enough that professional ant control becomes a must. At Sound Pest Control, our professional ant exterminators know exactly how to treat the source of your problem, finally making your home ant-free again.
Not only do we treat the ants currently in your home, but, for full protection, we also seal off the exterior of your home against these clever critters so they can no longer get inside. We focus on cracks in walls, gaps in your foundation, broken window seals, and other entry points that you might not even think about to guard your home against ants.
We also understand that your home is not your sole priority, which is why we utilize family-friendly products and methods. You have been worrying enough about ants in your home, you should not have to worry about the health and safety of your loved ones during the treatment process—and with Sound Pest Control, you do not have to!
Live Ant-Free Again!
Your home is not only your biggest investment but the place you go at the end of every day to relax and unwind. It is a place that is yours, and choosing someone to take care of it requires a lot of trust. That is why we want to let you know what to expect, even before you partner with us for superior ant control. Our process includes:
- Trained, professional ant exterminators who will be with you every step of the way, keeping you informed and thoroughly addressing your concerns throughout the treatment process.
- A comprehensive inspection of your home to determine the extent of your infestation, as well as potential entry points that are putting your home at risk.
- Extermination of ants inside your home so you no longer have to worry about them parading around your kitchen, or any other part of your home, looking for food.
- Long-lasting protection that keeps you safe from future infestations, giving you back peace of mind.
- Family-friendly solutions that are hard on ants, but not your family or pets.
Enjoy Same-Day Service
Ants are tiny and good at hiding, so when you see just one ant, there is no telling how many others are in your home too, crawling over your belongings in search of stray crumbs. Most ant infestations are serious, so when you see them in your home, you need help—and fast. Unfortunately, an ant infestation does not give you advanced notice on when it is going to occur, which is why we are pleased to offer our same day services. If you call before noon, we will send a technician to your home and eliminate your ants before the end of the day. It is just part of our dedication to helping our customers feel safe and secure in their own homes at all times.
Our team of pest control experts proudly offer our ant control services in:
Become Ant-Free While Giving Back to the Community
At Sound Pest Control, we are committed to more than just providing quality ant control in Kitsap County. We are proud to support our wonderful community and give back as often as possible. Marty Huff, owner and operator of Sound Pest Control, is the President of the Central Kitsap Food Bank, a vital resource for those in need. As a group, we make a conscious effort to share our resources in conjunction with the food bank, both through volunteering and making monetary donations. When you partner with us for ant control, you are helping feed those in need!
Take Back Your Home Today
Ants can make your home feel dirty and unsanitary, especially your kitchen, where you keep and prepare food for your loved ones. Additionally, if ants can find their way into your home, there is no telling what other pests can make their way in using the same entry points. When you partner with Sound Pest Control for your ant control, we will put your mind at ease by sealing off your home, creating a barrier between you and pests. To get started, we offer a complimentary 360 degree home inspection that allows technicians to scour your house from all angles to identify your infestation. Following the inspection, we will provide treatment recommendations that both provide immediate relief and long term protection from ants, as well as a variety of other pests, that are invading your home.