Ant Exterminator in Springfield MO Keeps Pests at Bay
June 11, 2021
Need an ant exterminator in Springfield MO and the surrounding areas to keep your picnic pest-free? At Expert Pest Solutions, we offer services to control ants and most other common household pests. Whether you need one-time service or would like to enroll in our quarterly service program we have an option to fit your needs and your budget.
Did you know that there are over 450 species of ants in North America, and many others all around the world? They range in size from the tiny, harmless black ones to large, stinging fire ants. Only fifty species are known to invade homes, and of those, only ten are found in Missouri. Fortunately, fire ants have not yet made their way to the Show-Me State, but there are other stinging ants that can make your time outdoors unpleasant.
Ants are social insects that can build large, complex colonies. In fact, there is a colony in California that has been measured at over 560 square miles! Though ant colonies can be interesting and impressive to study, finding them crawling across your kitchen table and invading the sugar bowl is an unpleasant experience. When this happens, call an ant exterminator!
Two of the things that make ants troublesome are their building habits and their eating habits. According to the University of Missouri Extension Service, “In human environments, they build nests in soil, open lawns, under concrete slabs, stones or boards, adjacent to foundation walls, in the walls of houses, in decaying wood, or in cavity spaces associated with debris.” As far as ants are concerned, your house is the perfect place to settle down and raise a family.
Ants are also omnivores – they will eat just about anything. It’s no wonder they are so busy seeking food. Their colonies contain thousands of larvae, workers, males, and the queen, all of whom must be fed. Unfortunately, they are also excellent communicators! When they find food, ant scouts bring a message to the rest of the workers in the colony and leave a chemical trail for other ants to follow so they can join the feast.
If you don’t want them turning up atop your chocolate cake, there are a few things you can do to help prevent an infestation. Inside the house, keep food in sealed containers, wipe up any spills (especially of sugary substances), make sure your kitchen sink is empty and dry at night, and clean floors regularly. Outside the house, keep debris cleaned up and avoid stacking things like lumber near your house. Seal any cracks in the foundation and make sure doors and windows are caulked appropriately. Both indoors and outdoors, empty your trash regularly and rinse out trash cans to eliminate food residue.
If you’ve done all of these things and the ants are still bugging you, call an ant exterminator from Expert Pest Solutions at (417) 413-4776 or visit our website to request a quote. Our local team of certified professional exterminators will inspect your home and formulate a plan to eliminate existing pests and prevent future infestations. With over 25 years of pest control experience, Expert Pest Solutions has a plan to fit your needs and your budget.