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How to prevent ants infesting your home this summer, Arrow Pest Service-Panama City, FL

With the return of warm weather, many homeowners here in Florida begin a variety of landscaping and spring cleaning tasks to spruce up their homes and property.

But did you know that this could cause an unintentional pest risk to your home? The truth is, the white-footed ant, a highly active pest here in Southern Florida, can take advantage of landscaping as a way to gain access to your home!

White-footed ants are a pest species known for creating massive colonies containing millions of worker ants. They are extremely small in size, growing to less than 1/8 inch in length, and can be identified by their distinctive, cream-colored feet.

White-footed ants often infest landscaping materials such as mulch, and this can sometimes lead to their unintended introduction to your home. Once in proximity, these pests can use their small size to gain access to the home through avenues that other pests cannot exploit.

Your home can be an attractive environment for the white-footed ant due to the abundance of food and moisture sources available within. Ant workers will often be spotted by homeowners around kitchens, pantries, and other food storage areas.

White-footed ants can subsist on a variety of food sources, so it is critical to ensure that you keep all stored food well sealed and clean up any crumbs or spills that could attract the ants.

There are a few steps that homeowners can take to help reduce their risk of dealing with a white-footed ant infestation.

Firstly, it is critical to inspect any plants or landscaping material that you bring in and around your home to ensure that you are not unintentionally introducing an infestation. Beyond this, it is also generally good advice to keep landscape mulch at least a foot away from the foundation of the home and to remove any lumber or debris piles around the property.

While these steps will not entirely remove your risk of pest invasion, they will certainly make it less likely.

Eradicating a white-footed ant population from your property is no easy task. They have a large nest population, and it is possible that multiple satellite nests could exist in and around your home in more severe cases. For this reason, effective treatment requires a thorough inspection to identify problem areas and often a series of regularly scheduled treatments.

If white-footed ants are invading your home, you need a pest control service that you can trust to take on your pest problems!

At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience providing pest control for the Panama City area. We offer a wide range of treatment options designed to safely target pests in your home and remove the problem quickly and completely!

So if you have pests in your home, call us today at 850-874-1900!

Here’s to YOU living PEST FREE!

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The ants are invading-Panama City, FL – Arrow Pest Service

As winter comes closer, homeowners here in Florida may soon be facing a new wave of pest activity.

Various species of insect and wildlife pests are much more likely to invade homes during this time period seeking warmth and nourishment.

One of those pests, the pharaoh ant, can cause major problems for homeowners.

Pharaoh ants are a species of yellow colored ants that grow to around 2mm in size. They can be recognized by their distinct black and red body markings, though these can be hard to see at distance due to their small size.

Pharaoh ants often enter homes as the temperature drops and they are attracted to the warmth and nutrients. Due to their small size, they are easily able to infiltrate a home or other structure through even the smallest cracks and gaps. Once inside, pharaoh ants will typically establish a nest somewhere that is secluded and is near to a moisture source. The ants can often be found nesting beneath large appliances and in cabinet and wall voids.

Homes are not the only places that pharaoh ants invade. These ants are notorious for invading hospitals. This is problematic because the ants will often contaminate sterile medical equipment and can even act as vectors for infectious diseases in some instances.

The most obvious sign of pharaoh ant activity in a home are the lines of foraging workers that can be found moving to and from the nest.

If you are dealing with pharaoh ants in your home, you should be very cautious about how you treat them. When they are disturbed, pharaoh ants can perform a practice known as budding in which they scatter from their original nest, spreading further around the building. This can quickly make an infestation much larger and much more difficult to remove. For this reason, it is often best to rely on a professional service to deal with pharaoh ants.

At Arrow Pest Service, we are proud to be one of the leading pest control providers for the Panama City area. We offer a wide range of safe, targeted treatment methods that we custom fit to deal with your specific pest problems!

So if you are dealing with pests of any kind, don’t struggle any longer! Give us a call today at 850-874-1900!

 Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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Sugar ants invade homes, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Sugar ants are a nuisance pest that can invade your home in search of food around this time of the year.

While sugar ants are technically a single, unique species(Camponotus consobrinus), the term “sugar ant” is commonly used to refer to any species of ant that consumes sugary foods. While ants have an extremely diverse diet, many species prefer sugary foods in particular and will be attracted to available food sources that fit that description.

Sugar ants are relatively small, usually less than 1/2 inch in length. Their size varies depending on the availability of food within their habitat. Sugar ant swarmers, which are the winged reproductive members of the ant colony, are completely black in color. The workers, on the other hand, are easily identified by their orange body coloration.

Sugar ants can often be found foraging around suburban and woodland environments. Like all ants, they are social insects, and live in large colonies. In the wild, these colonies are often located inside of wood or foliage, and are large dirt mounds with a number of entrances dotted around the surface of the mound. Sugar ants prefer hot, humid climates, which makes them right at home here in Florida.

Around the home, sugar ants can often be found in kitchens, pantries, and around outdoor cooking areas. They gather anywhere that a food source is available, and can sometimes be spotted foraging near dusk around the outside of the home.

Sugar ants can also be seen during the early fall and late spring during their swarming season. During this time, the winged swarmers will gather by the thousands and swarm during their mating process. This is very similar to the swarming process of termites, and it can be easy to mistake the swarming ants for termites without closer inspection.

Sugar ants consume a large variety of foods. In the wild, they will often consume other insects, as well as nectar and other sugary products from plants. Sugar ants are also known to gather honeydew from aphids, and will protect and farm aphids. In suburban areas, sugar ants will often forage around the home for any leftover food or food that is not properly sealed.

Sugar ants can be a major nuisance due to their attraction to any food spillage, stains, or scraps. Sugar ants will also get into any food that is not sealed, and can ruin good food if it is left out. Sugar ants do not sting. While they can bite when threatened, the bite is harmless for anyone without severe allergies to insect bites.

If you have noticed ant activity around your home, it is important to eliminate any conditions that are conducive for their infestation. Sealing all doors and windows as well as repairing any exterior damage can help to prevent ants from accessing your home. It is also important to seal any food sources and to clean up any food spillage or stains.

If sugar ants are already active in large numbers in your home, there are several types of DIY baits and traps that can help to reduce their numbers, but eliminating the food source they are foraging for is by far the best way to control their population. In cases of severe infestation, it is often best to call for a professional pest service to inspect and treat your home.

Here at Arrow Pest Service, our team has years of experiencing treating for pests of all kinds, including ants! Rather than just applying a nonspecific, general treatment, our technicians will thoroughly inspect your home to identify any signs of pests or conditions conducive to infestation. After thorough inspection, we can offer you the most efficient, effective, and safe solution to your specific pest problem, all at a price that fits your budget!

 

So if you are dealing with ants in your home, or simply have a question, call us today at  850-874-1900!

We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

Mack

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