Are Ants Invading you Doylestown, PA Home?

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Of all the insects that Cooper Pest Solutions services, ants are often a common problem pest for many Doylestown, PA homeowners. Their presence in a home can put a damper on any person’s day but at Cooper Pest Solutions, we have the solution for your ant problems.

What Types of Ants are found in Doylestown?

When you encounter ants in your home, it’s important to figure out which type you have. There are several different species of ants that are native to Doylestown, PA so in order to control them, it is vital to understand what type of ant you have.

Common Doylestown, PA Ants Species

  • Odorous House Ants
  • Pavement Ants
  • Carpenter Ants
  • Acrobat Ants
  • Citronella Ants
  • Flying Ants (all of the above ants, have a winged form in their colonies that swarm)

Of all the ants that are native to Doylestown, only carpenter ants and Acrobat ants can cause structural damage to your home. Of the two, carpenter ants are more serious than acrobat ants because they will destroy sound wood in addition to wood that has been weakened by moisture damage. Acrobat ants tend to cause less damage and are usually associated in areas of the structure where moisture is a problem.

Even though having any type of ant invade your home can be an annoyance, it is very important to take the necessary steps in eradicating carpenter ants due to the structural damage they can cause to your home.

How can I Get Rid of Ants in my Doylestown, PA Home?

There are some ways to help get rid of the ants you have in your home, but the number one way is by having a pest control professional address it. Of course, you could try the DIY routes, but many of those are unsuccessful at completely eliminating the entire colony.

“The reason why most DIYs fail are because most of these are contact killers, at best,” said Dr. Richard Cooper, staff entomologist at Cooper Pest Solutions. “Their methods aren’t scientifically proven and just don’t work. If they do actually achieve mortality of the ants, they’re only killing the individual ants that come into contact with the bait; they don’t have properties that can then be transferred to other members back in the nest. The ants are producing more ants at a rate that is greater than what is being killed. Only a small percentage of the colony is actually being eliminated.”

When it comes to getting control of an ant colony, Dr. Cooper said there’s more that goes into it than just spraying or baiting the ants you’re seeing, and that’s why he recommends using a professional to handle your ant problem.

“A lot goes into getting control, and it starts with an effective product. However, many of these DIY methods are untested,” he said. “And even when you have an effective product there a lot of factors that go into that product being deployed effectively. That’s the benefit of having a professional because they’re trained in all these aspects.”

Professional Ant Removal and Prevention Services

At Cooper Pest Solutions we have a few different treatment options when it comes to nuisance ants. You can either purchase a one-time service to remove your ants, or you can enroll in a preventive program for round-year protection.

Professional One-time Service for Ant Removal

One-time services will include proper ant identification by one of our skilled technicians followed by a treatment protocol that corresponds with that species. In most cases, the service can be conducted primarily from the exterior of the home with little or no treatments indoors.

“Generally, customers can expect to see a 50 percent reduction in ants within three days of treatment and complete elimination within 7-10 days,” said Dave Burgess, Vice President of Operations at Cooper Pest Solutions. Burgess added that although treatments for ants may be similar, there are differences in treatment protocols depending on the species you have invading your home.

One-time services provide coverage for up to 90 days, however, if you would like future treatment and prevention methods for ants, Cooper Pest Solutions suggest our Home Traditional or Home Intensive services.

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Year-round Ant Prevention Program

The Home Traditional and Home Intensive services at Cooper Pest Solutions not only cover ants but a wide variety of other insects as well. Both services include year-round preventive pest control with services conducted four times a year.

You will receive three exterior maintenance treatments on the exterior of the home for spring, summer and fall, in addition to one interior service during the winter months (December-February).

The Home Traditional service includes ants as well as many other crawling insects, mice, and wasps. If your home is in an area that is prone to carpenter ants, which can cause structural damage to your home, it is suggested that you enroll in Cooper’s Home Intensive services that includes carpenter ants and much more.

Professional Carpenter Ant Removal

Carpenter ants pose a much greater risk to your Doylestown, PA home than any nuisance ant ever could. Carpenter ants are a wood-destroying insect that attacks the wood that makes up the structure of your home and can return year after year causing, even more, damage.

Since Carpenter ants are social insects, their colonies are organized into complex societies with a division of labor among the different castes making them often difficult to control.

“Carpenter ants often have multiple satellite colonies around the main colony,” Burgess said. “The nests can be at any level, whereas nuisance ants are normally nesting at ground-level.”

Although they can be a challenging insect to control, with the help from on-staff entomologist Dr. Cooper, Cooper Pest Solutions has scientifically proven treatment methods to effectively remove your carpenter ants and prevent them from re-infesting your home.

If you have or suspect an active carpenter ant colony is on your property, Cooper Pest Solutions will send out one of our highly-trained technicians to perform a detailed inspection of your Doylestown property. We will then implement our Carpenter Ant System, which is exclusive to Cooper Pest.

The program focuses on the exterior of the home, where we identify ant trails and entry sites into the home then apply bait and a low-toxicity residual material that ants will take back and distribute throughout the colony, eradicating the carpenter ants from your home.

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Once the ants have been removed through the Cooper Carpenter Ant System, your home will then fall under the renewal program from Cooper Pest that provides you with preventive services and protection from any potential re-infestations.

Why Should I Call Cooper Pest for Ant Removal?

Whether you have a nuisance ant problem or carpenter ant infestation, Cooper Pest Solutions has the knowledge and tools to effectively and efficiently remove the ants from your Doylestown, PA home. At Cooper, we understand the biology and behavior of ants, which gives us the edge against the competition. Our staff entomologist is always at the forefront of all the latest research and development helping to create new, effective treatment protocols based on proven scientific methods.

If ants are causing a nuisance at your Doylestown, PA home or you would like to prevent your property from ants and other insects with our home service programs, give Cooper Pest Solutions a call at 800-949-2667. To schedule a FREE estimate, fill out our form here.

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