About Ants in Orlando Florida
ABOUT ANTS IN ORLANDO
Ants are one of the most abundant groups of insects. They thrive in all types of conditions but the semi-tropical climate of Orlando and central Florida make them a major urban nuisance. Envirosafe Pest Control Orlando can get rid of your ant problems. We offer one-time ant exterminating service or on-going ant control services.
Fire ants build large mounds in open, sunny areas and can forage indoors. Envirosafe Pest Control Orlando can control these aggressive, stinging ants, and help you tak back your property without fear of stinging ants. Our eco-friendly pest control service rids your property of the dreadful ants that cause the painful, burning stings that results in intense itching and a white pustule that resembles a painful pimple. Infection can occur if it is broken. Others who are allergic may experience anaphylactic shock from stings.
Fire ants are capable of infesting acres of land in a matter of weeks and inflict stings that may cause serious medical, agricultural and property damage. They were most likely introduced to Central Florida via cargo unloaded from ships from South America. Fire ants are distinguished by their aggressive behavior, especially when their nest/mound is disturbed. When this occurs hundreds of irritated fire ants will flood out of the mound and attack unsuspecting humans.
Folks who have the misfortune of disturbing fire ant mounds are often stung multiple times. Many stings can happen in a matter of seconds. Many have allergic reactions to fire ant stings that vary from skin irritations and swelling to paralysis or anaphylactic shock. In rare cases, severe allergic reactions may result in death.
Due to the overly-aggressive nature of fire ants and the potential health hazards associated with their stings, Envirosafe Pest Control Orlando advises immediate pest control treatment be performed if fire ant infestations are found around your Orlando home or property.
Envirosafe Pest Control Orlando’s eco-friendly pest management applications are performed by our highly trained pest control technicians and our treatment is the safest most effective method of ridding your home and property of unwanted ant infestations.
Pharoh ants are a major nusiance in Orlando and Central Florida. They typically nest indoors (in wall voids, refrigerator insulation, books, etc.). Once inside, they can be found in wall and cabinets spaces, around insulation, behind baseboards and any other accessible crevices and spaces. They are often found in feeding trails on wiring or hot water pipes, which are used to travel through walls and between floors.
Pharaoh ants tend to feed on sweets, proteins and insects. They forage in set trails along carpets, countertops, cabinets, floors, and baseboards, favoring warm, moist locations in which to nest. Their colonies can become very large with multiple queens; they are also very mobile, with the ability to form new, smaller colonies containing very few ants in a process called “budding”. They can breed continuously throughout the year.
Pharaoh ants can only survive outdoors in sub-tropical areas, where they are often found in leaf litter or rain gutter debris. Pharaoh ants are known for their ability to “get into things”. They have even been observed seeking moisture from the mouths of sleeping, newborn infants.
Pharaoh ants pose a major threat due to their ability to nest indoors in almost every area of a building. Sealing any cracks or holes with caulking is helpful in reducing Pharaoh ant infestation. Setting ant baits in foraging “hot spots” around heated or moist areas works by distributing the poison to the various colonies. Although they have been known to avoid certain pesticides, a baiting regimen by Envirosafe Pest Control Orlando’s technicians over an extended period of time often works best.
Envirosafe Pest Control understands how damaging Carpenter Ants can be for homeowners. Carpenter Ants typically have a satellite colony in exterior areas of the home, such as live or dead trees, stumps, logs or decorative landscape wood. The satellite colony is often located in a tree, stump, stacked wood within 50 yards of the home or in wood and stumps buried in the yard when the house was constructed. Decorative wood and landscape ties brought in to enhance the beauty of a yard or driveway may also be the source of a satellite colony.
Carpenter Ants can be very damaging to the structure of your home. Carpenter ants tunnel through wood in large numbers and cause major damage. If you see one, it is very likely there are already colony infestations and damaged structural wood in or around the outside of your home. Envirosafe Pest Control Orlando Guarantees we will get rid of your carpenter ant infestation using highly effective, yet earth-friendly pest solutions. Our technicians thoroughly treat with EPA Registered non-repellent liquid spray applications, Delta Dust, and Termidor Foam in targeted harborage areas, breeding areas and other areas where high levels of moisture or other environmental factors may be conducive to Carpenter Ant proliferation.
After initial treatment we highly recommend our Annual Carpenter Ant Retreatment Protection Plan. Orlando Pest Control will return annually to protect your home from future Carpenter Ant infestations. We will re-apply barrier treatments around the exterior perimeter foundation, crawl space (if present) and other areas around your home and yard that are conducive to recurring infestations. These Carpenter Ant protection treatments work to ensure that your home is protected year-round. Envirosafe Pest Control Orlando Guarantees it. For pricing and more information on Carpenter Ants, please see our Orlando Florida Carpenter Ant Treatment.
Ghost Ant (“Sugar Ant”)
It usually nests outdoors and forages indoors. The ant has a musty odor when squashed. It has a high need for moisture and is often seen in kitchens and bathrooms.
The Ghost ant is highly adaptable in its nesting habits, nesting readily outdoors or indoors. Colonies may be moderate to large in size containing numerous reproducing females (queens). They have a habit of running rapidly and erratically when disturbed. They are small enough to enter homes through the tiniest holes in caulking or cracks in foundations, or from plants that touch the home. Once inside, they can be seen in kitchens and bathrooms trailing to and from the sinks in search of moisture. They are fond of honeydew and feed on dead and live insects, but once inside they will eat anything sweet (hence the name “sugar ant”, as they are sometimes called).
The Ghost ant is a nuisance ant that is common in Central Florida. It is particularly fond of nesting inside the aluminum supports around screen porches. Once inside your home, it will nest in potted plants and other moist areas, as well as wall voids or spaces between cabinetry and baseboards.
Their colonies are broken into sub-colonies that occupy different nest sites and exchange individuals back and forth along odor trails. The sites include damp grass, plant stems and cavities beneath debris in open, rapidly changing environments. Ghost ants are opportunistic nesters and are often found in places that may remain habitable for only a few days or weeks, and are thus known as a “tramp” ant.
When they move around on light surfaces, the Ghost ant’s transparent abdomens and legs seem to vanish, leaving just the dark head and thorax visible. On darker surfaces, all you see are pale patches moving about, giving it a “ghostly” appearance.
Envirosafe Pest Control Orlando has unique techniques for controlling the Ghost ant. We suggest that you disperse piles of wood, rocks and other debris to discourage nesting sites. Trim landscaping to keep limbs from touching the outside of homes and eliminate excess moisture by repairing leaky roofs, hoses, and plumbing. Seal any holes or cracks in exterior walls and foundations. Treating the colonies and sub-colonies directly is suggested since ghost ants usually do not respond to baits.
Crazy ants, which are known for their resistance to chemicals and their ability to multiply quickly, are invading Orlando Florida.
The invasive species, named for its non-linear movements, doesn’t bite people, but it can starve out entire populations of fire ants.
So, it’s a beneficial species, right?
Wrong. Since each crazy ant colony has multiple queens, the population spreads like wildfire. We’re talking millions of ants littering people’s yards and driving out other insects.
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