Not all ants destroy property, and not all ants have painful stings, but they all are insects that can ruin your day in South Florida. At Nozzle Nolen, we have more than 70 years of dealing with these pests, and we’re here to help, whether it’s preventive ant pest control or eliminating an infestation on your property.
The Basics of Ants
Ants come in various sizes and colors, but most are about ¼-inch long, roughly the diameter of a ballpoint pen. The paths that worker ants travel are the most common way that people find them, as multiple ants will travel along the same path once they have found food in the form of sweets or proteins.
While most ants start outside, they are very opportunistic and will set up nests throughout homes if swarmers find attractive spots to access uncovered food, leaky faucets, or a warm nesting space. Once there, all species can quickly grow to numbers in the hundreds or thousands. However, two species are of particular concern here in South Florida.
Carpenter and Fire Ant Pest Control
Two of the biggest problems South Florida property owners face are dealing with Carpenter and Fire ants. You can read more about the common ants in Florida on our pest library page.
Carpenter Ants are similar to termites in that they are both wood-destroying pests. Homeowners often see damage to wooden structures and automatically think of termites when in fact, it is the Carpenter ant to blame. Carpenter ants love to set up shop in wood structures and while they don’t eat the wood, they can cause damage by carving out galleries and tunnels for travel. Special treatment is required to rid a structure of a Carpenter ant infestation.
Fire Ants put children, pets, and the elderly at risk with their swarming and stinging. Fire ants are very aggressive, and if their mound is disturbed, they will quickly attack by latching on with their mandible and stinging, releasing a toxin that can cause an allergic reaction. Their colonies can reach numbers of 20,000 with multiple queens, making them difficult to eradicate. If you see a dome-shaped mound in your yard, avoid it and call a professional as soon as you can.
Why Ant Control is So Hard
Ants are omnivorous, meaning they eat both plants and other insects or animals. They’re willing to eat foliage, dead insects, and pretty much whatever they come across. Ants are attracted to sugary substances, proteins, and fats, including fruit, sweets, crumbs, jelly, syrup, honey, and candy. Many at-home pest control options are not effective because they only target workers foraging for food rather than eliminating the problem at the source.
Ant Prevention with 365 Complete
Ant pest control goes well beyond trying to attack the ones you can see, and Nozzle Nolen has 70 years of experience going above and beyond to ensure they don’t make a permanent home on your property. With our 365-Complete Home Protection Plan, you get quarterly treatments that prevent ant infestations before they start, plus you’ll be protected from other pests including termites, rodents, cockroaches, bees/wasps, and spiders. The service’s integrated pest management (IPM) approach ensures environmentally sound methods are used in all treatments.
Get Ant Pest Control from the Experts at Nozzle Nolen
Whether you’re dealing with a current infestation or looking to prevent one from occurring, we’re here to help.
Nozzle Nolen has decades of experience serving as South Florida’s premier ant pest control service experts, and we’re here to help. Contact us today to schedule your free evaluation or call 800.226.6536. We look forward to serving you!
Our Ant Control Service Area
Nozzle Nolen provides ant control services to the following locations in Southeast Florida and surrounding areas: