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Reliable Ant Extermination & Treatment Services Near Tewksbury, MA

If you have an ant problem and need to call an ant extermination company, try Best Known Pest & Wildlife. At Best Known Pest & Wildlife, we are experts at dealing with all types of ants. We will quickly and effectively eliminate your ant problem, so you can enjoy your home pest-free. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Ants are one of the most common pests that homeowners deal with. While they may not be as destructive as some other pests, they can still be quite a nuisance. Ants are also known to carry diseases, which can pose a serious health risk to humans and animals.

Carpenter ants are a particularly dangerous type of ant, as they are known to damage the foundation of homes. If you suspect that you have a carpenter ant infestation, it is important to call a professional pest control company immediately. 

Common Types of Ants in Massachusetts Homes

In Massachusetts, several common types of ants can be found, each with its own unique characteristics and behaviors. These ants include:

  • the odorous house ant, known for its distinctive smell when crushed;
  • the pavement ant, often seen near sidewalks and driveways;
  • the carpenter ant, which can cause damage to wooden structures;
  • and the pharaoh ant, notorious for being difficult to control due to its colony structure.

Understanding these common ant species is essential for effective ant extermination and prevention strategies in residential and commercial settings across the state.

Signs to look for in an ant infestion

Ant infestations can be difficult to eradicate since there is always strength in numbers, owing to how quickly ants multiply. After you’ve crushed one or two, four or five more come to take the place of their fallen comrades.

Perhaps more troubling is the fact that you can’t tell how many ants you’re dealing with when only one or a couple are present. The ones you can see are only a small part of what may be a big nest hidden behind your kitchen wall or elsewhere on your home. Carpenter ants are drawn to moisture-damaged wood on the inside. Unlike termites and beetles, carpenter ants do not eat wood, but they do tunnel into it with their mouthparts to prepare the region for possible breeding.

Food crumbs and a messy kitchen or building can lead of other types of ants, including pharoah ants, many of which are attracted to sweets or fruits like honeydew.

For the most common type of ant infestions from carpenter ants, one of the main indications of an infestation other than the presence of workers and or swarmers is the appearance of small openings or windows on the surface of the wood. Through these the workers expel debris (known as frass) which consists of sawdust like shavings, and/or fragments of insulation and dead insect body parts. The accumulation of such debris below such holes is a good indication of an infestation.

The galleries of carpenter ants are very smooth with an almost sand papered appearance. The active galleries are kept clean of debris, unlike that of subterranean termites, to add Carpenter ants also live in the wood while termites consume the wood and live in the soil. Carpenter ants prefer to attack wood softened by fungus and are often associated with moisture problems. Black, carpenter ant colonies are of moderate size usually containing over 3000 workers (up to 10 to 15,000 including satellite nests). Carpenter ants will travel up to 100 yards to establish a satellite colony in your home while the main colony usually remains active in a tree somewhere else. 

Read more on signs to look for in an ant infestion in our recent blog post.

How much does ant extermination cost?

When faced with an ant problem, one common question that arises is, “How much does ant extermination cost?” The answer depends on several factors, including the type of ants, the extent of the infestation, and the methods used for extermination. In this blog post, we’ll explore the typical costs associated with ant extermination and what factors can influence these costs.

Factors Influencing Ant Extermination Costs

  • Type of ants: Different species of ants may require different treatment methods. For example, carpenter ants, known for damaging wooden structures, may require more extensive treatment compared to common household ants.
  • Extent of infestation: The size and severity of the ant infestation play a significant role in determining the cost. A small, localized infestation may be less expensive to treat than a widespread infestation that has spread throughout the property.
  • Type of treatment: Ant extermination methods vary, including baiting, spraying, and dusting. The type of treatment chosen by the pest control professional can impact the overall cost.
  • Property size: The size of your property can also influence the cost of ant extermination. Larger properties may require more time and resources to thoroughly treat for ants.

For more information on how much ant extermination costs, give us a call today for a free estimate.

House ants are one of the most typical pest problems for residential homeowners in Middlesex County Massachusetts, as they are ready to infiltrate your home.

Carpenter ants, odorous house ants, and pavement ants are the three most common ant aggressors in New England. Except for the house ant, which dislikes the cold, all three of these will make themselves at home in your home all year.

Where do ants hide in your house?

Look for signs of carpenter ants near doors and windows, as well as holes enclosing pipes or wires. House ants are attracted to sources of moisture, such as hot water pipes, heaters, leaky faucets, and termite-damaged wood. Pavement ants will most likely build their nests in the walls, insulation, and even beneath your flooring of your home. Read more on how to get rid of ants fast.

The Ant Extermination Process

In the terms of carpenter ants which are one of the most common types of household pests, most carpenter ant species establish their first nest in decayed wood and later expand or enlarge this into sound wood as they grow. Inside, nests are located in wood (preferably, softened by fungus rock), insulation, and/or in wall voids/ rim joists close to the sill of the home. Workers or foraging black ants are a nuisance, when out searching for food, but are very destructive to timbers utilized for nesting activities. Outside nests or typically located in common problem areas, such as rotting fence, post old stumps, old firewood, or dead portions of standing trees, in under stones, or fallen logs, along with any other clutter, that seems to hide active nests.

For control of carpenter ants most of the time, a thorough perimeter ant extermination treatment with a liquid pesticide to create a continuous chemical barrier around the home will do just fine and is usually highly effective at eliminating the ant problem. When treating carpenter ants, it’s vital to treat up under the bottom siding to the foundation wall junction if present. In addition, all branches of trees and shrubs in contact with the building must be trimmed back. Be sure to check where electrical and water lines enter the building and caulk any gaps to prevent intrusion.

Schedule Ant Extermination Treatment Today

To schedule an ant inspection or treatment, please call Best Known Pest & Wildlife at 781-333-1998, or email us at Bestknownpest@gmail.com or complete the website form on this page.

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