Answering Common Questions About The Ants Living In Jacksonville

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Have you ever wondered about ants in Jacksonville? These local insects seem to work well together and habitually invade local structures. If you are not careful ants might invade your home. They might even be inside as you are reading this. Regardless of your relationship with ants in Jacksonville, here are some common questions to which you should know the answers.

For immediate help with an infestation, call B&T Pest Control. Our team specializes in pest control in Jacksonville and has the tools and training to control all sorts of invasive species inside and around your home.

How Do Ants Feed Themselves?

Ants cannot survive on their own. They exist in large colonies that work together to stay well-fed and protected. What do ants eat? Most local species feed on either sugar or protein. Sugar ants are the more common home invaders. These pests send scouts indoors to search for sweet treats on counters, under furniture, and inside pantries. Once a scout finds something tasty, it leaves a pheromone trail back to its colony. This invisible trail is what then leads dozens of worker ants indoors. If you see ants crawling inside your Jacksonville home and are curious to know the extent of the problem, let our team perform a thorough pest inspection. 

How Do Ants Build Their Ant Hills?

Ant nests are fascinating. They sometimes sprawl several feet underground and are made up of several dozen tunnels and breeding chambers. Initial constructions start with a handful of worker ants. These workers excavate ground soil and use it to form the recognizable mound we all know and hate to see in our yards. The more extensive the mounds get, the larger colonies are. One thing that determines colony size is the number of queens it has. Some types of ants only have one queen and are limited by how fast she can reproduce. Species like the fire ant have multiple queens and often have large colonies stretching across several square yards of property. We recommend taking a walk around your yard and looking for mounds. This is one good way to spot ants before they decide to invade your home. 

What Happens If You Interrupt Ant Ant Trail?

There isn’t much you can do to stop ants once they invade your home. Even if you spray them with a cleaning solution or place a book on their trail, they will find a way around it. One temporary solution involves killing existing ants and wiping down areas where a trail was using bleach or vinegar-based cleaning fluid; doing this will remove the invisible pheromone trail for a short time. It will not, however, stop these pests from coming back indoors. For this, you need some form of prevention.

Here are some simple DIY ant prevention strategies to start with:

  • Seal your home’s exterior.
  • Reduce food sources indoors.
  • Make sure to seal your trash cans properly
  • Eliminate sources of moisture build-up.

For more help with controlling these pests, you need some professional pest control ant treatment.

Professional Ant Control For Jacksonville Homes

If you are looking for Jacksonville ant control options and aren’t sure what is best for your home, consider talking to our team at B&T Pest Control. We work hard to help members of our community fight back against annoying and invasive pests. All it takes is one visit to cull your existing problem and establish a lasting treatment barrier to stop future invaders.

Call now to learn more about our pest control services and find a service time that works best for your Jacksonville home.

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