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Our San Francisco Small Ant Pest Management – What You Need To Know!
In San Francisco, hundreds of ant infestations are reported each year. Many of these reports are from homeowners living in residential neighborhoods in suburbs. Contrary to belief, commercial establishments, government entities, and public facilities are also under a small ant threat year-round. With around 12,000 ant species, it is difficult for any resident or business to ignore the potential risks. Whether you reside in the city or on the outskirts, you must be on the lookout for small ant colonies at all times. Remember, it only takes one adult pregnant female to initiate an infestation. The adult female can generate up to 1,500 eggs in 24 hours.
Why Is My San Francisco Home Under A Small Ant Threat?
San Francisco is home to more than 881,000 people and thousands of small ants and other insect species. The small ant is easily identified, thanks to its tri-segmented black, dark brown, and reddish/black body, strong mandibles, six legs, and two antennas. Nearly everyone in San Francisco, in the United States for this matter, has encountered at least one ant sighting. In many cases, these sightings include a small or large colony of ants walking along a driveway, pathway, or in tall grass.
The ant family is comprised of workers, swarmers, the queen, and soldiers, all of which have unique duties. For example, swarmers are responsible for caring for the young, building the colony, and building new colonies. Swarmers are both winged and wingless, with the former having the ability to fly.
Will The Ant Infestation Negatively Impact My Children’s Health?
Fortunately, ants do not transmit diseases to children, teens, young adults, middle-aged adults, infants, or senior citizens. The biggest threat you and your family face due to the ant infestation is a foodborne illness. When ants consume contaminated food, it can end up in the household’s food source if it can be infiltrated. Manufacturer packaging, such as plastic bags and paperboard, is just not enough to keep ants at bay. These insects utilize their mandibles to gnaw through vulnerable food packages.
What Is The Proper Way Of Handling An Ant Infestation?
We recommend reaching out to our San Francisco extermination team as soon as possible. We can help you by visually inspecting every inch of your home to determine if it is genuinely infested with ants. Hopefully, we can detect the ants in the early phases of the infestation when the population is still minimal.
We combine visual inspections with pesticides and traps to fully eradicate an ant infestation in the shortest duration.
Will DIY Over-The-Counter Pesticides Fully Eradicate An Ant Infestation?
These pest control products are great, but hardly are they capable of fully eradicating an ant infestation. Why? First and foremost, when ants get separated from their colony, they become known as a “satellite colony.” This does not necessarily mean this is an entirely new colony separate from the main colony. No, it just means the satellite colony is working hard at finding food for the queen and the young. The satellite ants did not separate from the main colony to start a new colony.
Ant infestations are oftentimes more complex than other insects because of how they operate in a satellite and main colony. There could be tens of thousands of ants in the main colony and only a handful in the satellite colony. The only way to eradicate an ant infestation in these cases is to minimize the population in and around the perimeter of your home.
How Long Will It Take The Exterminator To Schedule My Ant Inspection?
Our exterminators work extended schedules to bring San Francisco consumers high-quality pest management, including ant control. We believe in our pest control and exterminators, which is why we back our work with a 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee.
When we receive your pest inspection request, we will immediately initiate processing. This can take up to 48 hours to complete, at which time we can dispatch the exterminator and a certified technician to your home.
Should I Be Concerned About My Children Being Exposed To Toxic Pest Control Products?
No, you or your children or pets will be exposed to pesticides because we will not treat your home until it is completely vacated. We request the family to vacate the impacted home several hours before and after each treatment. In addition to this important requirement, household members with chronic illnesses, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s, to remain out of the home for up to 24 hours following treatment.
Our pest control product lineup consists of only EPA-approved brands.
What Will I Need To Prevent A Repeat Ant Infestation?
You need to right pest control tools, education, patience, time, and willingness to make a few lifestyle adjustments. First and foremost, it is crucial to target your home’s vulnerable pest barrier, which includes entrance doors, garage doors, ceilings, walls, roofing system, and flooring. Ants are tiny insects that can infiltrate a building through damaged structures, weak thresholds, and missing siding pieces.
Ants are opportunists, which means they will take advantage of what they believe are opportunities to infiltrate houses and commercial buildings Just leaving a window open only a crack can be enough to entice ants to invade your home. While the act may have been innocent, it is an opportunity for an ant colony to score a new food source.
We also recommend updating your current processed food system. Replace vulnerable packaging with glass and plastic containers with lids.
Do not hesitate to reach out to our San Francisco exterminators if ever you are feeling overwhelmed.