The white-footed ant is named for the white tips on the ends of their legs. They originated somewhere on the islands of Japan around the 1920s and have quickly spread to other countries such as New Guinea, Guam, Australia, Asian countries, South Africa and Hawaii. By 1986, the white-footed ant made its way to Florida by hitchhiking on traveler’s luggage and personal items. They have since become a pest of great concern and increasingly problematic in counties such as Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Manatee by the end of the 1990s.
Are White-footed Ants A Danger?
Although the white-footed ant presents no real danger to humans, their presence is quite disturbing for most home owners. They are not known to sting or bite. The white-footed ant is tiny in size, comparable to the common black ant. Because of their small size, it is extremely easy for the white-footed ant to invade your home through the tiniest of holes. It is quite common for the white-footed ant to attract other pests into your yard or home.
Although many insects and pests are important when it comes to landscaping trees and shrubs; the white-footed ant is simply a nuisance as they invade your personal space – your home. If they do enter the home, they have huge colonies of workers. At the heart of a colony is the queen with the potential for laying many eggs. In most cases, there are numerous queens, not just one. This means several queens laying eggs at the same time, which leads to an infestation of white-footed ants very quickly. Most of the colonies and their nests are near the perimeter of the home.
Are White-footed Ants Hard To Exterminate?
When you have an ant infestation, it is only natural to try and resolve the situation on your own. The white-footed ant eats a variety of foods, sneaks into the smallest of structures due to their minute size but they do not share their food findings with their colonies. Because of their varied tastes, ant baits are ineffective in exterminating and controlling the white-footed ant. Without tackling the entire ant colony, you cannot get to the root of the problem – colonies and nearby nests.
Why Hire a Pest Control Company?
Because of their huge colonies and nests, it is extremely difficult to eradicate your white-footed ant problem. A professional pest control company is equipped with the right chemicals and proven methods to treat your ant problem completely. The technician will first analyze your pest problem to determine the proper treatment. No area of the home is exempt from management as they treat all areas where there may be a point of entry or problem. The pest control company will have experience dealing with pests and have all the answers to getting rid of them.
After treating within the home, the technician will apply chemicals around the perimeter of the home and, in the case of the white-footed ants, the colonies will be treated and eliminated as well. Pest Control Solutions & Services is probably the best pest control company in Central Florida because they actually treat your whole yard and not just a small perimeter around your home! Without resolving the issues with the ant colonies and their numerous nearby nests, the ant problem will continue.
Services of Annual Pest Control
Pest Control Solutions & Services is determined to resolve your issues with the white-footed ant and guarantee their services, not only for the white-footed ants but for all ant issues like carpenter ants. The Annual Pest Control Service not only takes care of ants, but other pests such as cockroaches, including the nasty german cockroach! Before providing service, they offer a free pest control consultation and diagnosis. Once the home and exterior is treated, the technician returns to the home within six months to be sure there is no longer a problem while adding another treatment on the outside of the home or business. They offer service in the Florida counties of Pasco, Pinellas, Manatee and Hillsborough. If you need to resolve any pest control problem, an issue with the white-footed ant, or other nuisance pests, don’t hesitate to call Pest Control Solutions & Services at (727) 343-3234.