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Ant Extermination


Our Plan of Attack!

Bugman Pest Elimination has been getting rid of these pesky little insects since 1983. It's not just a matter of spraying an anthill and hoping they go away. Bugman Pest Elimination technicians are skilled at locating the source of the problem and working from the inside out to eradicate the ants from deep within the soil.
The proper use of sprays, baits, traps and granules strategically placed will ensure that your next backyard picnic is enjoyed by friends and family only – not a party-crashing hoard of ants.
We also have a safe and effective plan of action for ants when they invade the interior of your home. No one wants to share his or her food with ants.
ants

Biggest Pest of the Year in the U.S.

Have you ever noticed that you never see just one ant? That's because ants are very social insects. They literally cannot live alone. They depend on each other to survive.
With ants being the number one nuisance pest in the U.S., ant control is now more important than ever. There are more than 700 ant species found in the U.S., although only about 25 species commonly infest homes. Ants are social insects that typically live in underground colonies, made up of workers and a queen. Ants will eat practically any kind of food, but are especially attracted to sweets. Ants are easily identifiable due to their three distinct body region: head, thorax and abdomen, as well as antennae.
More information about ants:
  • Ants are mostly found in hot climates.
  • The average life span of an ant is 45 to 60 days.
  • The ant has very strong legs, which help it to run very quickly.
  • An ant is able to lift about 20 times its own body weight.
  • Adult ants are unable to swallow solid food. They depend on the juice they are able to squeeze out from pieces of food.
  • An ant uses its antenna for touch as well as smell.
  • There is at least one queen in each ant colony.
  • An ant has two stomachs, in one stomach it stores food for itself and in the other it stores food that is to be shared with other ants.
  • An ant has the largest brain amongst insects. It is said that the processing power in an ant's brain and a Macintosh II computer might be similar.
  • Ants are mostly omnivorous, that is, they eat other insects, seeds, oils and bread.
  • When a worker ant finds a source of food, it leaves a trail of scent to attract other ants in the colony to it.
  • The Slave-Maker ant (Polyergus Rufescens) is so named because it raids the nest of other ants and steals their pupae. Once the pupae hatch, they are made to work as slaves within the colony.
  • Around 700,000 members can be found in the colony of the Army ants (Eciton Burchelli).

It Just ANT True

There are a lot of myths out there about ant control and elimination. Some of them are just not true. For example:
MYTH #1: All ants can be killed by spraying.
FACT: Spraying certain species of ants will cause them to repel from the spray only to form multiple colonies in a process called budding.
SOLUTION: Call Bugman Pest Elimination.
MYTH #2: Drawing a chalk line around your windowsill or doorways will keep ants from entering because they do not like particles stuck to their feet.
FACT: Ants will walk right through chalk lines because it doesn't affect them or repel them.
SOLUTION: Call Bugman Pest Elimination.
MYTH #3: Carpenter ants eat wood and process it just like termites.
FACT: Termites eat wood. Carpenter ants build tunnels and use wood to build nests to reproduce.
SOLUTION: Call Bugman Pest Elimination.

Common Ant Species – An Identification Guide

argentine ants
Argentine ants
Argentine ant colonies can grow to monumental size. Their colony borders sometimes cover entire habitats. Argentine ant queens also assist with foraging for food. The ant gives off a musty odor when crushed. Worker argentine ants are about 1/16 of an inch long. Queen argentine ants are 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch long.
caribbean crazy ant
Caribbean crazy ants
Caribbean crazy ants get their common name from the worker's habit of running in an erratic, jerky manner when searching for food.
Carpenter ants
Carpenter ants
Carpenter ants get their name because they excavate wood in order to build their nests. Their excavation results in smooth tunnels inside the wood. Carpenter ants range in size from 1/4 inch for a worker ant to up to 3/4 inch for a queen.
Odorous house ants
Odorous house ants
The odorous house ant gets its name from the strong, rotten, coconut-like smell it gives off when crushed. These tiny insects range in size from 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch long.
Pavement ants
Pavement ants
Pavement ants get their name because they make their nests in or under cracks in pavement. They can infest structures.
red fire ants
Red fire ants
Red imported fire ants nest in soil and build mound nests. They can infest garages.