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Ants are a problem most Yakima County residents will deal with at some point. They are one of the most common pests, but that doesn’t make them any less annoying. There are several different ant species, including odorous house ants, pavement ants, and carpenter ants in Yakima County. These small but mighty insects can be a plague in your home and cause more problems than you may realize. But never fear; we’ve got the scoop on all things ant control. Keep reading to learn what every Yakima County resident should know about ants.

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How To Identify The Type Of Ant Infesting Your Yakima County Home

There are about 1,000 species of ant found in the United States, but fortunately, only a handful that commonly invade Yakima County homes. Below are some of the most prevalent ants in our area.

Odorous House Ants

Aptly named for the rotten smell they emit when squished, odorous house ants are the most common household ant species in the U.S. They appear dark brown or black and are about ⅛” long.

Pavement Ants

Pavement ants are named for their tendency to nest within or under cracks in the pavement but will also infest homes and buildings. They are black and around ⅛” long and may be discovered in walls, under floors, and inside insulation.

Pharaoh Ants

Pale yellow with dark abdomens, pharaoh ants were named due to the myth that they were a plague in ancient Egypt during the reign of the pharaohs. They are very small, at only 1/16” long, but are particularly hazardous, as they spread at least a dozen pathogens.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are named for their habit of drilling through wooden structures to create nests. They measure between ½” to ⅝” in length and vary in color, typically red, black, or a combination of the two. Carpenter ants in Yakima County can be identified by the small holes that they leave on the surface of the wood and the piles of sawdust-like wood shavings they leave behind.

The Problems Ants Can Cause On Your Yakima County Property

Without proper ant control in your house, ants can quickly become a major problem. Ants are not only annoying to find trailing along your floors, walls, and counters; they can also be dangerous Common household ants carry several diseases, including salmonellosis, Shigella, and E. coli. These pathogens can make you and your family very ill. Some species, such as pharaoh ants, transmit additional diseases, including streptococcus, clostridium, and staphylococcus. If ants contaminate your food or cooking surfaces, this can leave you vulnerable to contracting these serious diseases.

Another problem that ants can cause is property damage. For example, carpenter ants can damage the wooden structures in your home through their nest-building. Over time, carpenter ants can cause significant structural damage that is difficult to repair. If you notice any ants on your Yakima County property, don’t look the other way. They may end up compromising your health or damaging your home. It’s important to start ant control in your house at the first sign of an infestation.

How To Get Rid Of Ants In Yakima County & Keep Them Away

Ants are a challenging pest to get rid of on your own, and it’s even harder to keep them away for good. Professional ant control will not only eliminate ants from your property but will also help keep them from returning. For the most effective ant control in Yakima County, look no further Prosite Pest Control.

Our pest control experts will thoroughly inspect and treat your property for ants, leaving your home 100% ant-free. We offer both indoor and outdoor ant control solutions that can help keep ants at bay for extended periods. If you have an ant problem in your home, contact Prosite Pest Control for a consultation today.

Natural Ant Prevention Tips For Yakima County Properties

The most effective ant control includes consistent ant prevention measures. There are several ways that you can help protect your property from ants. Check out these simple and natural ant prevention tips for Yakima County residents:

  • Inspect your home for any small cracks or crevices and seal them promptly.

  • Use proper trash storage and disposal—use plastic trash bags and cans with lids, and dispose of garbage frequently.

  • Reduce moisture in your home by using dehumidifiers and repairing pipes.

  • Use sealed containers for food storage and keep fresh fruit in the refrigerator.

  • Clean surfaces and floors regularly to eliminate crumbs and food particles.

  • Trim trees and shrubs around the outside of your home.

These simple steps can go a long way towards keeping your home free of ants and other pests. If an infestation does occur, remember to contact Prosite Pest Control for quality ant control solutions.

 

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