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Ants

Protect your home or business from ants with BTI Services Inc. – expert identification and control techniques.

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Identifying Ants

Ants come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and each species has its unique characteristics. They are known for their highly organized colonies, which consist of one or more queens, workers, and males. Queens are fertile females that lay all the eggs in a colony.

To identify ant colonies, look for ant trails along walls, floors, or outside foundations. Ants may also be found in areas with sources of food or water, such as kitchens, bathrooms, or outdoor gardens.

Different ant species have unique characteristics, including their size, color, and behavior. For example, carpenter ants are typically larger and black in color, and they tunnel through wood to create nests. Odorous house ants emit a distinct odor when crushed, while pavement ants are small and brown and typically nest in soil.

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How Do I Get Rid of Ants?

At BTI Services Inc., we understand the frustration of dealing with ant infestations, which is why we offer professional ant control and treatment services. 

What BTI Does

Our skilled technicians are trained to identify and manage various ant types.

We inspect your property to determine the extent of the infestation and develop a customized ant control and treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. We also help you address underlying causes and prevent future infestations.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward a pest-free environment.

Common Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Ants are attracted to sources of food and water. They can enter your home through small cracks and crevices in walls, floors, and foundation. Ants can also be brought in with potted plants, firewood, and other items. Keeping your home clean and free of food debris can help prevent ant infestations.

While ants are not generally considered a serious threat to human health, they can cause damage to property and contaminate food. Certain ant species, such as carpenter ants, can cause structural damage to your home by burrowing through wood. Fire ants can deliver painful stings that can cause an allergic reaction in some people.

We recommend starting with preventative measures such as keeping your property clean and sealing off entry points. If you already have an infestation, it's important to eliminate their sources of food and water. This can be done by cleaning up food debris, fixing leaks, and sealing cracks and crevices. Baits and sprays can also be effective in controlling ant populations. However, eliminating an ant infestation can be challenging and complicated, as it requires in-depth knowledge of the ant species and their behavior; therefore, it's important to seek the assistance of skilled professionals like our technicians at BTI Services, who can provide effective and tailored ant control solutions such as baits, sprays, and other treatments to help eliminate the problem.

Ants undergo a complete metamorphosis, consisting of four distinct stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.

The egg stage is the initial stage in which the queen ant lays eggs. Ant eggs are typically oval-shaped, small, and white in color. After a few days, the eggs hatch into larvae.

During the larval stage, the ant is worm-like and lacks eyes and legs. The larvae are completely dependent on worker ants for food, and they go through several molting stages as they grow and develop.

In the pupal stage, the ant undergoes metamorphosis and transforms into its adult form. During this stage, the ant's body goes through various changes, and a cocoon is formed around the developing ant.

The final stage is the adult stage, where the ant emerges from the cocoon as a fully-formed adult. Adult ants are responsible for various tasks, including foraging for food, caring for the young, and defending the colony.

The length of each stage varies depending on the ant species and environmental factors such as temperature and humidity. Some ant species have multiple queens, which can lay thousands of eggs per day, leading to larger and more complex colonies.

Depending on the species, ants can cause damage to your property. Carpenter ants, for example, can tunnel through wood, causing structural damage to your home. Fire ants can also cause damage by building mounds in your lawn, which can be unsightly and dangerous. It's important to identify the species of ants you have and take appropriate measures to control and prevent damage.

To prevent ants from entering your home, make sure to keep your property clean and free of food debris. Seal any cracks and crevices around doors, windows, and foundation walls. Store food in sealed containers and clean up any spills or crumbs immediately. You can also use ant repellents, such as peppermint oil or vinegar, to deter ants from entering your home.

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