Ants are the hardest working insect in the insect world. That’s why when they invade your home, there is very little you can do to reverse the trend. At Mitchel Pest Services, we strive to keep pests at bay, regardless of what kind they might be. However, ant extermination is more art than it is a profession. Killing bugs with bug spray is NOT what we do. We get to the root of the problem. If you’re not sold on hiring an ant exterminator and assume that a few cans of bug spray and traps will do it, we have some important information for you. Why You Need to Hire an Ant Exterminator The one and only way to get rid of an ant colony is to destroy the queen. However, getting to the ant queen is far from easy. Ants may be small, but they are a force to be reckoned with. Ants are one of the most important and powerful insects and they also have one of the most efficient cleanup crews of any being on this planet. Their ability to carry items that are up to 20 times their size is staggering, and they’ll pretty much take anything from fruits to dead animals, they do it all. Male ants are the soldiers and workers of the insect community. One queen gives birth to all of them, and she can live up to 25 years. Despite what most people believe, ants are not quick and easy to deal with. They are creatures on the go, and they have an ability to set up shop any where they go with a moments notice. A professional and experience ant exterminator will not only spot your ant problem but will also see if there are more ants in the colony that hasn’t yet been identified. Spraying pesticides does little to get rid of the issue, as a result. Most often, homeowners notice that ants subside for a few days after sprays are used but then immediately return in the same number. A few ants on your wall indicate a much larger colony elsewhere. In most cases, they are hidden under ground. The nest will have upwards of thousands of eggs protected by the queen. Some misguided homeowners also believe if they can find the nest all they need to do is boil water and pour it into the nest or pump gas into the nest to get rid of them. That is not the case. In fact, most of the time this does nothing but damage your plant and landscaping life and hardly inconveniences the ants. The right extermination tactic involves searching out the colony and eradicating it at the source. This is usually a two-step process. The first step is to soak the nest with nontoxic pesticides and the second step is to drench the nest washing it away. As professional pest control experts, we know how to properly get rid of an ant infestation. For more information about our process or what to expect if you hire us, please contact us today. Read about ways to prevent mosquitoes around your home in our next post.