Ants and Integrated Pest Management

The ant is one of the most common pests we deal with throughout Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. While they have a biological role to play in nature, ants can quickly become a nuisance when they start invading your home and foraging for food.

There are over 700 ant species across the United States and approximately 25 types that commonly infest homes. In the Southeast, these include:

Ant Habitats

Ants live in colonies that can number as high as 500,000 depending on the species. These insects can enter your home through even the tiniest of cracks, and they do so in search of food and water. If an ant finds a food source inside your home, it will leave a chemical scent trail for other ants to follow, which can lead to an even bigger problem.

Ants can nest almost anywhere in and around your home: on the lawn, in stumps, under the foundation and even in the walls. Ants will eat nearly any type of food substance it can find in your home, but most species are especially attracted to sweet, sugary foods.

Integrated Pest Management Approach to Ant Control

When it comes to addressing ant infestations, we utilize integrated pest management or IPM. IPM is an environmentally sound approach to pest control that emphasizes the use of multiple techniques and minimal chemical use.

Explanation of the steps in Peachtree Pest Control's Integrated Pest Management protocolAt Peachtree Pest Control, our IPM protocol includes seven steps:

  1. Interview: Before proposing a control and management plan, we gather as much information as possible by asking pertinent questions such as, “Where is the ant activity? Are you seeing trails of ants or single ants? Do the ants have wings? Are you seeing the ants at day or night? Is there dirt or sawdust present?”
    We also use the interview process to understand your expectations and all the unique factors that need to be considered when drawing up your custom pest management and control plan.
  2. Inspection: During our initial inspection, we search for ants and signs of ant activity as well as any possible entryways and food or water sources for the ants.
  3. Identification: Accurate identification of the type or types of ants you are dealing with is key to successful treatment and management.
  4. Control Plan Development: Based on the specific species of ants invading your home as well as other factors such as the presence of children or pets, we develop a control plan that is specially designed just for you.
  5. Control Plan Implementation: Ant control and management techniques may include sanitation recommendations, mechanical alterations, harborage removal, the application of product and the use of bait stations to eliminate the source of the ants.
  6. Documentation: We leave detailed comments on every service card so you know exactly what we found, what steps we took and what follow-up treatments will take place.
  7. Evaluate and Follow Up: As we continue to service your home, we evaluate the control measures to see what’s working and make any necessary adjustments to ensure the ants don’t return.

Got an ant problem or want to learn more about our IPM approach to pest control? Give us a call or fill out the form below.

Integrated Pest Management Approach to Ant Control

When it comes to addressing ant infestations, we utilize integrated pest management or IPM. IPM is an environmentally sound approach to pest control that emphasizes the use of multiple techniques and minimal chemical use.

At Peachtree Pest Control, our IPM protocol includes seven steps:

  1. Interview: Before proposing a control and management plan, we gather as much information as possible by asking pertinent questions such as, “Where is the ant activity? Are you seeing trails of ants or single ants? Do the ants have wings? Are you seeing the ants at day or night? Is there dirt or sawdust present?”
    We also use the interview process to understand your expectations and all the unique factors that need to be considered when drawing up your custom pest management and control plan.
  2. Inspection: During our initial inspection, we search for ants and signs of ant activity as well as any possible entryways and food or water sources for the ants.
  3. Identification: Accurate identification of the type or types of ants you are dealing with is key to successful treatment and management.
  4. Control Plan Development: Based on the specific species of ants invading your home as well as other factors such as the presence of children or pets, we develop a control plan that is specially designed just for you.
  5. Control Plan Implementation: Ant control and management techniques may include sanitation recommendations, mechanical alterations, harborage removal, the application of product and the use of bait stations to eliminate the source of the ants.
  6. Documentation: We leave detailed comments on every service card so you know exactly what we found, what steps we took and what follow-up treatments will take place.
  7. Evaluate and Follow Up: As we continue to service your home, we evaluate the control measures to see what’s working and make any necessary adjustments to ensure the ants don’t return.

Explanation of the steps in Peachtree Pest Control's Integrated Pest Management protocol

Got an ant problem or want to learn more about our IPM approach to pest control? Give us a call or fill out the form below.

Contact Us If You See Signs of Ants