Ant Infestations Inside Walls
Finding an ant mound on your property is never fun, but the good news is that ant mounds are very easy to remove. All you have to do is pour insecticide on top of the mound, and the insecticide will seep into the earth killing everything in its path. However, some ant colonies are very well hidden, with some being located under pavement, inside wood and inside the walls of the home. In this article, we’re going to cover ant infestations that are inside the walls and what you can do about them.
Why ants infest the walls
Ants will infest the walls because walls offer them a degree of safety. Not only are they protected from our direct pest control efforts, they are also protected from the weather and from predators. Some ant species, like the carpenter ant, will infest the wood inside the walls, and they offer a whole new set of headaches that you have to deal with.
Ant species that are particularly dangerous
Besides the previously mentioned carpenter ants, which can cause serious damage to the home, there are a couple of other species that infest walls and which can pose a serious threat. One of them is the fire ant. Fire ants will usually build their colonies outside in the yard, but they may sometimes set up inside the home. This is not only extremely uncomfortable, it can also be dangerous. Fire ants have a venomous sting, which hurts a lot, and which can cause severe reactions in case of allergies or in case it is injected in large quantities.
The second ant species that poses a serious threat is the pharaoh ant. This ant is much more likely to infest the walls than fire ants, and it will build colonies that have several queens. This makes them hard to get rid of, and to make matters worse, these ants can spread dangerous diseases such as salmonella.
Getting rid of ants in the wall
If you have an ant infestation in the walls, it’s best to work with a pro to have it removed. A pro will be able to deploy the right approach and the right control methods to make sure that the colony responsible is destroyed quickly and completely.
For more information on the various ant infestations out there, or if you have an infestation in your home, contact us today.