Ants

Ants (Carpenter, Odorous House, Sugar, Moisture, etc.)

Prices below are for residential customers.  Commercial customers, please call for a quote.

We offer two pricing options for getting rid of your ants.

One-Time Treatment

$179

Covers all types of ants and includes treating the interior and exterior of your home.
If you need a follow-up treatment, price is only $50 per follow-up (within 45 days of previous treatment)

Year-Long Protection

$79 every other month (bimonthly)

Protect your home all year from ants, spiders, wasps, mice, rats, and more.
WE WILL RETURN FOR FREE AS OFTEN AS NEEDED AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE

Common Questions About Ant Treatments

 

How many treatments do I need?

There is no correct answer to this questions.  While a majority of houses only need one or two treatments, there are homes that need multiple visits.  There are a few factors that can help determine the amount of treatments needed.  The type of ant plays an important part.  Some ants, such as pavement ants and thatching ants, can be very easy to get rid of.  Moisture ants, if the location of the nest is known, are also very easy to get rid…again, if the location of their nest is known.  Carpenter ants in the summer months are generally easier to eliminate, but can be very difficult to eradicate in the winter.  Odorous House Ants (or sugar ants) are the tricky ones.  They have multiple nests and multiple queens, so their nests can be the size of city blocks.  We may be able to get rid of the ants in your house, but when you’re surrounded my hundreds of thousands of them at your neighbor’s houses, it can present a challenge.  For long-term control of ants, we suggest our bimonthly service. Many times with ants, it takes multiple visits to eradicate them.

Other factors include how long you’ve had the ants (the longer they’ve been there, the harder it is to eradicate them), amount of vegetation on the outside (more foliage, means more ants), where you live (certain neighborhoods have more ants than others), and condition of your home/structure (structures with moisture problems will always attract more bugs in general).  Cities, such as Seattle, where houses are generally older and closer together, generally require more treatments than other areas.  Also, when it’s colder outside (generally October through March), it often takes more treatments to eradicate them than it would in the summer months.

We do use the most effective ant products and methods on the market, but there is no silver bullet for getting rid of ants.  We will do everything we can do to solve your problem quickly and efficiently.

What type of ants do I have?

In the Seattle area we are lucky that we only have a few different types of ants.  The most common ant that we find is the Odorous House Ant.  Many people refer to these as sugar ants.  They are a dark brown or black color and small.  They get their name from the smell they emit when squished.  Carpenter ants are very large ants.  If you look at an ant and say to yourself “that’s one big ant”, then you’re looking at a Carpenter Ant.  Carpenter ants can cause extensive damage to your home.  Pavement ants look much like an odorous house ant, but slightly larger.  They are normally seen outside in driveways making little dirt or sand mounds.  Moisture ants are a light-brown to reddish color.  The presence of these guys could mean that you have a moisture problem in your walls. For more detailed information, check out our blog post: TYPES OF ANTS

How do your one-time treatments work?

We offer one-time treatments for customers not looking for extended control.  For ants we do feel that our year-long program is the best way to go, but if you want to try us out first, we’d be glad to help you out.  Here’s how our one-time treatments work.  Lets say we come out to treat your house on June 1st for ants and after two weeks or so you’re still having ants.  Give us a call and if it’s within 45 days of your original service, we’ll come back and retreat the area for only $50, so in this example by July 15th.  Now let’s say that you have a lot of ants and it requires more treatments.  As long as you keep calling within 45 days of your last service, the call-back rate would only be $50.

On our follow-up visits, many times we will not treat the exterior of your home again.  The reason for this is because the products we applied on the exterior will keep working for 1 to 3 months and applying too much product to where ants are trailing can actually make the problem worse.  Your technician will make a judgement call depending on the circumstances.

What is involved in your treatment?

For ants, our treatment includes treating the interior and exterior of your home.  Our exterior treatment generally includes spraying around the foundation of your home, around entry points, around doors and windows, and where ant trails are present.  Inside the home we use various types of baits and if we do spray we try to treat cracks and crevices or do small spot treatments.  We do not use “bug bombs” that are going to get pesticide everywhere.  We really put our focus on where ants are active.  Other pest control companies will sell you on doing what’s called a “drill-and-treat” where they drill holes every 18″ along your house and inject the walls with chemical.  With advances in new products, it is extremely rare that we have to do something this drastic to eradicate ants.  Sometimes we may find it necessary to poke or drill a few holes to gain access to the nests, but rarely the entire house.

How do your products work and how quickly do they work?

Throughout the years the products used in ant control have changed tremendously.  Products now are much safer and the mode of action is different.  For the most part we use a combination of sprays, baits, and dusts.  Our sprays are non-repellent products which allows ants to walk across the product without knowing it’s there.  That way more ants become infected with the product and will transfer it from one ant to another.  We use baits for two reasons.  First, we want to draw the ants out of hiding so they come in contact with our product.  Secondly, the ants will eat the bait and then through a process called trophyllaxis, the ants regurgitate the bait and share it with the nest (gross…we know!).

It’s not a quick process to get rid of ants.  We generally tell customers to give our treatments about 2 to 3 weeks to work properly.  During this time it is very common to see an increase of ants or see ants show up in other places.  I know it may not seem like we’re doing a good job at first, but this is actually a good sign.  It has been said that 90% of an ant colony is in the nest and only 10% are out foraging (those are the ones you’re seeing in your home).  We want to not only kill the 10% foraging, but the 90% in hiding.  We use baits to draw a lot of the ants out of hiding, thus producing an influx of ants. Again, we usually say give the treatments about 2 to 3 weeks to really work and if you’re still seeing them after that, then it’s time for another treatment.

How do I prepare for a treatment?

When it comes to ant treatments, there is not much that you need to do.  We like to see the ants in their current environment so we can see where their current activity is and also where their trails are coming from.  At the time of service, we may make some suggestions on how to keep ants away long-term.

Are your products safe/green?

There is always some risk involved with what we do.  For ant treatments, generally there is no need to leave your home during and after our treatment; however, if you have have chemical sensitive individuals or pets in the home, then you may want to leave.  We use a wide array of products to get rid of ants.  Some of them are considered organic and green, while others are synthetic products.  The synthetic products we use are generally a pyrethroid class of chemical, which the EPA has said “…exposures from the many current uses of pyrethrins and pyrethoid insecticides do not pose risk concerns for children or adults (link)”.  Obviously common sense needs to be enforced, so no licking or touching our products…especially while wet!  Most products dry within an hour on the interior and 30 minutes on the exterior.

When it comes to ants, unfortunately, “green” products are not recommended.  Green and/or organic products work great as a contact killer, but offer very little, if any, residual effect.  Also because ants are social insects, our “normal” products work in such a way that ants take our products back to their nest which will essentially wipe out hundreds or thousands of ants.  Green products do no work in this manner, so their success rate is considerably less.  If you do want green or organic products, we’d be glad to provide this type of treatment, but please know it will take many more treatments and we can’t guarantee it’s success.  That being said, even though our “regular” products are not necessarily green or organic, many would consider our procedures green.  On most homes, we bait heavily for ants on the inside, so there is very little spraying of chemicals on the interior.  Bait is generally considered a safer product and placed in areas where pets and children won’t get to it.  We then spray the exterior of your home.  Many pest control companies will treat a home with more than 10 gallons of chemical, whereas when we spray a home we generally use 1 to 3 gallons of finished product.  Because we follow the labels, we spray in areas that will provide the most success with the least amount of chemical.