You put a lot of work into making your yard beautiful and inviting. The last thing you want to see is a bunch of ant piles popping up and ruining your landscaping (not to mention the joy of walking barefoot out there!).
If you have ant piles in your yard, it may not be long before you have ants in your house. Neither scenario is a good one, and you may need pest control to deal with it. Because ant colonies are so large, it can be hard to get rid of ant piles on your own.
They're so small—they're harmless, right? Not exactly. Even if they don't bite (and many do!), they can still contaminate your food. If you've ever had the unfortunate experience of opening a bag of sugar or cereal to find it full of ants, you know what we mean. They can get into your fruit, bread, crackers, and much more. It's not sanitary, and it can result in enormous food waste. Not only that, but like any other living creature, ants go to the bathroom, and they might choose to do so on your counter or in your cupboards.
Furthermore, ants live in colonies: you'll never find a lone ant. Where there's one, there are many (we're generally talking thousands) not far behind. You can see that clearly if mounds are piling up in your yard. Some ants may build their homes within the walls of yours, which can be a little harder to discover. Ants don't generally cause damage to a building the way termites do, but they seek to build where it's easy to do so: oftentimes, that means in pre-existing damaged or weak areas of a building, for example (depending on the species and their housing preferences).
No one wants to see ants running around their kitchen. Even if your house is spotless, the presence of ants makes it feel dirty. That's no fun for anyone.
There are more than 12,000 different species of ants—that we know of. We won't list them all here, since you would probably get tired of reading, so let's just focus on the most commons ants we see in Louisiana.
The truth is, there's only so much you can do in terms of prevention when it comes to ant piles. If they move into your yard, they move into your yard, and the only thing you can do is try to get rid of them. Inside your home, you can avoid dropping crumbs and scraps, but they may work their way in, anyway.
If you see an ant pile, or an unsettling line of ants marching in your home, it's time to call your pest control experts.
The only way to eliminate an ant pile is to eliminate the queen. If the queen lives, the colony will repopulate. You usually need a pest control expert if you want to make sure you're getting rid of the queen; otherwise, your ant pile will be as busy as ever in no time.
Crazy ants are especially difficult to get rid of for a couple of reasons. First, they have more than one queen! So if even one of those queens stays alive, the colony will eventually thrive again. Furthermore, they don't respond to the typical pesticides and ant bait. At Cal-Cam, we have to use the same approach on crazy ants that we use on termites.
You don't have to share your living space with entire ant colonies—and you don't have to stand by and watch as they destroy your yard. We can treat your yard as well as your home to get rid of ant piles.
Contact us for your free consultation and estimate. We want you to live in a pest-free home, and we're happy to set up a plan for monitoring your house on a monthly or quarterly basis as needed to prevent future infestations.