Ant Exterminators – Control – Removal
Serving North Bay and East Bay Areas
Western Exterminator, formerly Hitmen has been solving ant pest control issues since 1978. We know how frustrating ant problems are, which is why our ant pest control services focus on long-term prevention. Our ant exterminators specialize in ant removal and can help you identify and eradicate these pests from your property. We’ll quickly eliminate ants, show you likely spots where ants are entering your property, and recommend ways to ensure your home or business stays ant-free.
Ant Exterminator Services
Ants are the number one nuisance pest problem for property owners. If you have an ant problem, you’re almost certainly going to need the help of an ant exterminator to get rid of it! Ants can seem never-ending, and DIY or at-home ant control methods rarely get rid of your problem. If you have ant issues, our ant exterminators can help!
Common Ants in the North & East Bay Area
- Argentine Ants build massive colonies with multiple queens and can populate entire city blocks.
- Carpenter Ants do not eat wood; prefer to nest and excavate water-damaged wood.
- Harvester Ants are famous for their seed collecting and painful stings.
- Odorous House Ants emit a rotten coconut smell and infest kitchens and pantries.
- Pharaoh Ants prefer nesting indoors, especially in commercial buildings with artificial heating.
The Importance of Ant Control
Ants cause various types of damage, depending upon the species. Carpenter ants tunnel through wood, destroying structures. Pharaoh ants and odorous house ants may transmit many diseases, such as salmonella, and a fire ant’s sting is potentially deadly to susceptible individuals. In addition to more dangerous ant species, ants are simply downright difficult to get rid of. Colonies can spread into new colonies quickly, which is why ant problems often seem never-ending. DIY ant pest control may be a temporary solution, but never provides long-term relief from ant problems. That is why the ant exterminators at Western Exterminator, formerly Hitmen are here to help!
Certified Green Ant Control
Our GreenPro designation means that we comply with the procedures and systems established by the NPMA’s GreenPro Committee to ensure that our customers receive responsible, eco-effective pest control services.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ants
Almost every ant species is able to either bite or sting, but many ants can barely harm a person. Common ants here in the North Bay Area, like Argentine ants and little black ants, have barely noticeable bite strength and will rarely ever take defensive measures. However, we do see a lot of fire ants in our area that are able to cause allergic reactions with their painful stings.
Ants especially love sweet foods, but they will take advantage of any food left out in the open. They are attracted to sugars, proteins, and greasy surfaces. Ants also need to find a source of water to survive, so any extra moisture that they can find in our kitchens and bathrooms will draw them in.
Out in the wild, ants will build their colonies just about anywhere, but when they can take advantage of the structures of our homes, many kinds of ants like to live indoors. Lots of people in the North & East Bay have noticed that ants enter their homes through cracks and crevices every winter, looking for food, water, and shelter. Once they’ve made it into your walls, ants can cause damage and fire hazards by chewing through electrical wiring.
Ants do not transmit diseases through bites, but they are able to carry pathogens and disease-causing organisms on their bodies. Pharaoh ants and sugar ants, among others, are known to carry Salmonella, which poses serious health risks. Ants often pick up germs from bathrooms and sinks and spread them to other high-activity sites like cookware and counters.
Ants often come into our home through cabinets, baseboards, plumbing fixtures, and open doors and windows. When you notice a trail of ants inside your house, try to follow the trail to find where they came in. You can seal entry points with silicone-based caulk. Spraying vinegar on the trail can also deter ants from entering. General maintenance and check-ups of your bathroom, kitchen, and drainage systems is your best bet to prevent ants.
Some species of ants have a special class of flying ants within them. These ants are called “reproductives,” and come out when a colony is ready to swarm. They are sometimes confused for termites, but can be told apart by their smaller bodies and wings. If you notice flying ants in the house during the winter, it’s a good sign that there is already an active colony in your home.
To get rid of ants in your home, try to find the place that they entered from. This might be a door, window, baseboard, piping, or any other place of exposure to the outdoors. Make sure that all of your drainage systems are in working order and eliminate open sources of food. To remove active trails, you can spray undiluted vinegar.
In a way, ants “talk” to each other using pheromones. In truth, ants that have found a food source emit pheromones that alert others from their colony to follow them. The other ants follow them to the food source, forming a trail from your home all the way back to their colony. This means that a few ants in your home can quickly lead to hundreds more.
Our Ant Pest Control Process
- A thorough property inspection to identify the source of the infestation and the ant species
- Placement or application of ant control products and insecticides
- Sealing off entry points to control sources of the infestation
- A detailed ant removal report describing the treatment
- Ant control and prevention tips to avoid future infestations
Ant Exterminators You Can Trust
At Western Exterminator, formerly Hitmen, we know how frustrating ant problems are. Not only are they a nuisance, but certain species of ants can also be dangerous. Ant control is best left to the specialists if you want your ant problems gone once and for all. Our ant pest control services focus on long-term prevention, guaranteeing you ant-free living.