Ant Extermination in
Mt Washington and Surrounding Areas

Get Rid of Your Pests for Good.

Why Ants invade homes in
Mt. Washington Ky

Ants are one of the biggest pest problems in Kentucky. Ants usually enter our homes or businesses when the weather is too hot, too cold, or too wet. Ants are mostly harmless to humans. However, the large numbers of ants in a colony are sure to cause nuisance problems. If you see one ant, odds are that you’re quickly going to see a many more. Within an ant colony, each ant has a specific role or job function. One of the more common jobs is to find food for the colony. These scouts continually search for food and water. If a large amount of food is found the ants will notify the colony and then your small ant problem quickly becomes a large ant problem.

Once you have large ant infestation trying to deal with the ants on your own can become overwhelming. You may be able to kill the ants you see, but there are thousands more in your walls, or in your roof line just waiting for their marching orders. Ant prevention is the best method to keep ants out, but once you have an infestation it’s a wise choice to use a licensed pest control professional.

When you walk into your kitchen or dining room the last thing you want is to see a line of ants marching across your countertops and table.

Thankfully, when you call United Pest Control LLC, you can make this the last ant invasion you ever have to worry about.

Eliminating Ants From your home in Mt Washington Ky.

United Pest Control specializes in eliminating pest problems you have now and preventing future issues. Our recurring pest control service builds a barrier around your home and keeps ants outside where they belong. If you have an existing ant problem, we will eliminate the current infestation and then put the proper procedures and treatments in place to make sure you don’t have a reoccurrence.

SIGNS OF AN INFESTATION

  • Seeing ants where you store food
  • Constant sight of ants in areas containing sugars, meats, fats and oils
  • Extruded sawdust and wood damage
  • Trails of ants around your property

Some of the more common ant infestations in Bullitt, Nelson, Jefferson, Shelby, & Spencer county Ky are:

Carpenter Ants:
The carpenter ant is one of the largest ants in Kentucky with the workers growing to about 1/4″ long and the queens growing up to 3/4″. This ant color varies from black to red and black.
A Carpenter ant’s food sources consist of honeydew from aphids, other insects and plant juices but once in your house, they will forage for mainly water and food scraps. The colony begins with one fertile female. Nests are then created in deteriorated wood which has been exposed to moisture. A colony does not produce young queens or males until it’s grown to the size of about 2,000 or more workers, which may take a colony anywhere between three to six years to reach this stage. Every year thereafter the colony will produce winged queens and males which venture off to start new colonies.

Where They Live:

Carpenter ants will primarily live inside rotting logs and stumps. However, they will make nests in places like the roof, windowsills and wood that is in contact with the soil. Generally, there will be one central nest and several satellite ones. Because they are one of the larger species of ant, they can travel long distances between nests and food sources.

Misconception:

One of the biggest misconceptions with Carpenter ants is that they eat wood. This is not true, instead they excavate the wood and pile it nearby, which is called frass. If you were to rummage through the frass you will find bug parts and other debris from the colony. Significant damage to a structure can come when an infestation goes untreated over a long period of time. Carpenter ant colonies can thrive for years at a time when untreated.

Carpenter Ant Treatment:

Carpenter ant colonies can be controlled with an exterior and interior treatment. All areas containing the frass inside the house will receive a treatment to kill the satellite colony. Treating the exterior helps prevent others from entering.
For long term control every other month or quarterly service is recommended.

Odorous House Ants:
The Odorous House Ant workers are about 1/16″ to 1/8″ long while the queens range from 1/8″ to 1/4″ long. Their bodies are brown to black.

These ants got their name from the “rotten coconut” smell that emits from their bodies when they are crushed. Odorous house ants are omnivorous, which means they feed upon other insects as well as grains. Their primary food is honeydew. Honeydew is produced by aphids and other sap-sucking insects.

Where They Live:

They nest in moist soil and forage along trails. When weather conditions change or honeydew production drops they will enter homes.

Misidentification:

The Odorous house ants swarm during the springtime, which means new queens and males take to the skies in search of starting new colonies. This is why they are often confused with swarming subterranean termites which will also swarm around the same time. The queens will generally be much larger than the male swarmers. It’s best to call in a licensed professional pest control technician to help identify and recommend a the proper treatment.

Odorous House Ant Treatment:

An exterior treatment with TERMIDOR ® of your home will quickly control this ant. Should they become a problem in the home, an inside treatment may be necessary.

For long term control every other month or quarterly service is needed.

Crazy Ants
Crazy ants range from red-brown to grayish to black and are typically smaller than 1/8 of an inch. This small ant gets its name “Crazy Ant” from its characteristic erratic and rapid movement in their search for food. They will feed on any household foods. They typically nest outdoors in the soil and in the cavities of trees and shrubs, but frequently enter homes in the fall or after a rain where they will nest in wall and floor voids especially near hot water pipes and heaters.

Crazy Ant Treatments:

Controlling crazy ants on your own is difficult as these insects are known to avoid many different kinds of ant baits. Typical ant control treatment options don’t work on crazy ants, so it is imperative to contact a pest control professional for control of a crazy ant infestation.

Pharoah Ants:
The pharaoh ant is a small yellow or light brown, almost transparent ant notorious for being a major indoor nuisance pest. This species is polygynous, meaning each colony contains many queens. This also allows the colony to fragment into bud colonies quickly. Each colony produces sexually reproductive individuals roughly twice a year. Colonies proliferate by “budding” where a subset of the colony including queens, workers and brood leave the main colony for an alternative nest site.

Pharaoh ants use a positive feedback system of foraging. Scouts ants will search for food. When one finds it, it will quickly return to the nest. This causes several ants to follow the successful scout’s trail back to the food source. Soon, a large group will be upon the food.

Pharoah Ant Treatments

Elimination and control of Pharoah ants are difficult because multiple colonies can consolidate into smaller colonies during extermination programs only to repopulate later.

Pharaoh ants can feed on a wide variety of foods including grease, sugary foods, and dead insects. They can also gnaw holes in silk, rayon and rubber goods. Nests can be very small, making detection even more difficult. Nests are usually found in wall voids, under floors, or in various types of furniture. In homes, Pharoah ants are often found foraging in bathrooms or near food.

Trying to control Pharoah ants yourself with insecticide sprays or powders can cause the ants to scatter and colonies to split. This may potentially cause a larger problem. It is best to call a licensed pest control professional to eliminate your ant issue.

We are proud to service the following areas in Kentucky:

Bullitt County:

  • Mt. Washington
  • Shepherdsville
  • Brooks
  • Cedar Grove
    Lebanon Junction
  • Hillview
  • Pioneer Village
  • Hebron Estates
  • Fox Chase
  • Hunters Hollow

Jefferson County:

  • Louisville
  • Jeffersontown
  • Middletown
  • Saint Matthews
  • Highview
  • Okolona
  • Fairdale
  • Fern Creek
  • Fisherville
  • Lake Forest
  • Anchorage
  • Buechel
  • Newburg
  • Lydon
  • Hurstbourne

Nelson County:

  • Bardstown
  • Bloomfield
  • Chaplin
  • Cox’s Creek
  • Fairfield
  • New Haven
  • New Hope

Spencer County:

  • Taylorsville
  • Elk Creek

Shelby County:

  • Shelbyville
  • Simpsonville

Contact Us

Phone

502-398-1148

Email

unitedpestcontrolky@gmail.com

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