Ant Control in Baton Rouge
Ants can be a real nuissance. Not only do they establish colonies quickly, but they can ruin vegetation and bite humans and pets. It may seem easy to treat ants yourself, but each type of ant has different behavioral traits and physiologies, which means there may be different types of treatments which are most effective for each type of ant. Bayou Cajun Pest Control can properly diagnose which type of ants you're having a problem with, then effectively treat your home or yard to remove these ants.
Common Ants in Louisiana
Carpenter Ants: Although Carpenter Ants don’t actually consume wood as part of their diet as many people think, they do tend to build their homes inside of the wood. After they tunnel through the wood, they leave the remainder in small piles at the entrance to their colony. Carpenter ants primarily eat insects and sugary foods and nectars. While a colony is begun by a solitary fertilized queen ant, it can result in more than 2,000 worker ants.
Fire Ants: Fire Ants are a real problem in Southeast Louisiana. Sometimes called Red Ants, these highly social ants will construct large colonies in soil. Fire ant piles can be large and easy to notice, though sometimes they are poorly and loosely constructed. These more loosely constructed ant piles are easy to miss, which is why it's so easy to be covered in red ants without ever having noticed you stepped in an ant pile, in the first place. Learn more about fire ants.
Pavement Ants: Pavement Ants, naturally, typically live inside or underneath pavement – driveways, sidewalks, patios – (although they have been known to live indoors, as well). They are common to both the East and West coasts of the United States. A bit differently than other species, Pavement ants typically have several active queens. Their colonies usually have roughly 3,000 ants. They are not picky eaters, munching on anything from insects and seeds to melons and bread or nuts.
Odorous House Ants: Odorous House Ants are named such because of the scent that is produced when they are crushed, which often smells like rotten coconuts and is a powerful odor. These are common pests in the United States, and live in social colonies. It is not uncommon to find more than 100,000 Odorous ants in a single colony. As for their diet, they primarily eat insects and sweet foods like melons of fruits. They are not particular when it comes to their residence, often making homes in dirt/soil, debris, wood, stones, or the walls of your home.
Argentine Ants: Argentine Ants are not very particular when it comes to their diets, consuming eggs, meats and other fats, but they prefer sweet foods and nectars. Argentine ants are also able to leave pheromone trails when the search for food, which helps them eliminate checking the same locations more than once.
Ways to Get Rid of Ants Inside
Once you have ants inside, it can be tricky to get them to leave. Ants are highly socialized, meaning they rarely travel alone. If there are a couple of ants, more are likely to show up. If the source of your ant problem is something you can pick up or remove, then it helps to do so quickly. If you're not sure why you have ants inside, Bayou Cajun Pest Control can help you identify the problem and treat the ant problem. Some ants are very difficult to get rid of once they're inside (such as carpenter ants), and ants aren't always a sign of a "dirty" home.
Things you can do to prevent ants:
- Pick up food and make sure there are no crumbs (especially inside)
- Sweep and mop after cooking
- Store food in jars or sealed bags
- Wipe off jars, canisters, or other food storage containers (especially if they're sticky or dirty)