Identifying Common Ant Species

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Some pests are so good at invading our homes that you're practically guaranteed to have to deal with them sooner or later. Ants are one of the most common examples of this. Luckily, proper pest control in San Diego can help local homeowners keep these invaders away.

Learn how Green Flash Pest Control offers ant pest control that's effective and affordable.

Identifying Common Ant Species

While most people don't know or care to learn the difference, there are many types of ants that invade our homes. They can range from mildly annoying to dangerous, depending on whether or not they are known to spread diseases or cause property damage.

At Green Flash Pest Control, we can help San Diego homeowners identify and address the following kinds of ant species:

  • Argentine Ants: While they are native to the far reaches of South America, Argentine ants have migrated all over thanks to modern shipping routes. These small, typically brown ants can grow large colonies and invade homes.
  • Rover Ants: Another species native to South America that has migrated north more recently is the rover ant, a small black species that loves to infest yards where honeydew-producing bugs like aphids are already active.
  • Other Species: Some ants require specialty services and a more targeted identification. If you find yourself dealing with an ant species we didn't mention above, we can still provide you with guidance on how to get rid of a colony and prevent many common ant species.

No matter what kind of ant is threatening your San Diego home, you need to deal with them quickly and thoroughly. Turn to Green Flash Pest Control today to get started.

The Health Risks Of Ant Infestations 

We've already covered it a bit, but it's important to underscore how ants are not just mere nuisances. Sure, all kinds of ants can contaminate food sources and be nasty to see crawling over your countertops. However, it's the serious health risks and costly property damage we mentioned above that demonstrate the significant impacts that proper ant control solutions can save you from.

At Green Flash Pest Control, we offer home inspections and treatments that address ant infestations and many other kinds of pest problems. But before an ant problem can reach a fever pitch, you should turn to experts for actual prevention of the problem so you're never exposed to the bigger problems ants can cause.

The Best Way To Get Rid Of An Ant Infestation

If ants have already invaded your San Diego home, you need to deal with the problem quickly, safely, and effectively. While we understand why many homeowners turn to DIY methods or store-bought products to try to handle an infestation on their own, it's important to note that these methods likely won't address the entire issue.

Ants form colonies below ground and congregate in hard-to-reach areas of our properties. Even if you use effective treatments, it won't matter if you can't apply them to all the areas of your home where the solution is needed. Plus, failing to eliminate the colony's queen ant means the problem will simply come right back.

Instead, you should turn to the best way to get rid of ants by contacting Green Flash Pest Control. We use safe, organic, and comprehensive treatments to both get rid of pests and protect your home against future infestations. Contact us for help at the first sign of ants.

Five Naturally Effective Ways To Prevent Ants From Coming Back

With all the talk of store-bought pesticides and professional treatments, it's only natural to wonder about some more all-natural methods you can use to prevent ants from invading and lower your risk of an infestation.

However, it's also important to note that the best form of protection comes from professional treatments—and modern pest control companies like Green Flash Pest Control pride ourselves on using safe solutions that are non-toxic to humans or pets and non-damaging to your property.

With that caveat out of the way, here are five simple tips you can take to prevent ants in San Diego:

  1. Food: Ants can take advantage of many food sources, including crumbs and traces of food you don't even see. Regular deep cleaning and storing food in ant-proof containers will reduce their food supply.
  2. Trash: Ants will also get into trash cans for an easy meal, so make sure your bins have lids and are sealed properly.
  3. Moisture: All kinds of pests are drawn to moist places, including damp areas around your home. Ensure proper ventilation and quickly address leaks to avoid moisture build-up.
  4. Landscaping: Ants typically start outdoors and move their way in. Trees, shrubs, or soil beds that run right along your home's exterior walls can entice ants to invade, so it's best to avoid this whenever possible.
  5. Access: Speaking of invading, ants will utilize tiny cracks or holes to gain access to your home. Address these vulnerabilities quickly and replace any faulty screens on your windows or doors to help keep ants out.

Again, the best protection comes from professionals. For the best ant control services near you in San Diego, contact Green Flash Pest Control right away.