Ant Identification & Prevention
Frequently Asked Questions About Ants
What are ants?
Ants are insects that live in very high numbers throughout Hawaii. If you own a home, you will discover these small pests residing with your family at one point or another. They live outside all around us, and food odors around our homes often attract them to our properties.
Ants are social insects that live and work cooperatively to ensure the success of their colony. Unfortunately, multiple nests, multiple foraging sites, not to mention their large populations, make controlling ants extremely difficult.
Are ants dangerous?
While ants are mainly nuisance pests, the truth is you should never overlook their presence, there is plenty of information about ants that is important to know. Ants are more than just annoying. After ants enter our homes, they contaminate our food prep areas, counters, and food, with the bacteria they have on their bodies. In addition, their nests in our yards are unsightly, making mowing difficult.
Some ants in Hawaii are more dangerous than others; some damage the structures of homes by nesting within structural wood, and others bite or sting. Partnering with a professional is the best way to accurately identify the species that has invaded your property and get the effective services necessary to eliminate them completely!
Why do I have an ant problem?
Ants are always on the lookout for properties that easily provide them with access to their basic needs. The following things are most likely to attract ants to our Hawaii yards:
- Garden areas
- Open trash cans
- Compost piles
- Standing water
- Improper storage of food and trash
- Safe nesting areas like the soil under mulch, woodpiles, fallen trees, or inside our homes
Where will I find ants?
Ants tend to create their main nesting site outside but often find their way indoors while searching for food, water, or shelter. Once inside, they sometimes decide to stay and build a satellite nest to help expand their colony.
If ants are in your home, you will notice them regularly wandering around your kitchen, bathrooms, and basement. Their nests are usually built out of sight behind wall voids, within crawlspaces, and in spaces under floors.
How do I get rid of ants?
Get rid of ants by trusting the team of Honolulu pest control professionals at Pest Tech Hawaii. We are a locally owned and operated pest control company dedicated to delivering pest control services in the Honolulu region with Aloha spirit! Committed to our customers, we offer a full range of customizable pest control and remediation services to eliminate ants and other household pests from your family’s home and prevent them from returning.
For over 20 years, we have been providing the residents of Honolulu with affordable and reliable home pest control solutions. To learn more about our ant control solutions or to request an estimate, give Pest Tech Hawaii a call today!
How can I prevent ants in the future?
Ants thrive in our tropical climate, making controlling and preventing them a difficult task. The following tips will help make your Hawaii home and property less attractive to these opportunistic pests:
- Block off entry points by sealing spaces in the foundation, ensuring screens are secure and free of rips or tears, and placing weatherstripping around windows and doors.
- Keep your home’s indoor and outdoor eating areas free of food debris and sticky spills.
- Regularly sweep or vacuum your home to remove crumbs.
- Keep secure lids on trash cans.
- Ants love pet food, so whether you feed your family’s pets inside or outside, always pick up uneaten pet food.
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