The Florida Ant Invasion and How to Prevent It

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Feel Like You cANT Control Bug Invasions?

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Let’s face it: Florida, while it has amazing weather most of the time, also comes with specific climate issues. High humidity, frequent storms, and forever increasing temperatures all end up forcing a ton of bugs and insects to adjust their survival methods. At the end of the day, these sometimes annoying and invading species, are all programmed to do two things: survive, and reproduce. 

Florida Weather Yields Invasive Issues 

Think about it: If you were hot, sticky, and constantly being rained on, you would want to find a better “home” situation, right? So for bugs and insects, it’s the same deal. What’s neat, at least to us bug enthusiasts, is that each bug, insect, roach, ant, moth, fly, or whatever you scream when you see one, there’s a pattern, a reason, and a solution. 

In Florida, we see bugs like palmetto bugs, earwigs, and especially ants. There are over 10,000 species of ants in the world. Have you ever wondered how ants even work? Let’s target our focus on one of the bigger issues most Florida homeowners experience: ants. 

“There are several types of interior ants: ghost, white footed, carpenter, and so on. Each one is treated differently. High temps and heavy rains can force many types of bugs into your home, so it’s important to first identify what bug or ant you’re dealing with,” Dave Brubaker of JD Smith Pest Control said. 

There are dozens of ant species that call Florida home, and a solid few handful of those species can purposely find themselves living rent free in your home or business. In general, ants start their mounds, or nests, deep into their intended “home to be.” Once a nest has been built, ants create scented pheromone trails to their food and water source. 

Most people see these trails, and treat them by spraying some sort of store bought spray. At first, the issue will seem fixed. In reality, matters could be multiplying.  When a group of ants are separated from their colony, they will form a new colony, this is called budding. Now instead of one colony to worry about, you will have two colonies of ants in your home. It’s a vicious cycle, really.

How We Can Help, and Why We Want To 

Specifically, in coastal counties, such as Pinellas, Citrus, Hillsboro, Hernando and Pasco, in Florida, because there is so much water surrounding our area, and we see the same type of weather patterns as the rest of the state, we at JD Smith have learned from repeated bug and insect patterns. We’ve also noticed and recognized attempted treatments of fellow coastal county homeowners that end up proving ineffective. 

“Store bought treatments may seem to fix these infestations temporarily, but really, they can create bigger issues. Insects are all about survival and reproduction. If you spray the wrong treatment, you could end up with multiple nests that will need to be professionally treated,” Dave added. 

Similar to a DIY failed kitchen remodel or a bad haircut, treating insect problems with the wrong or irrelevant treatments can end up costing you more to fix and feel comfortable with. It can also be a financial concern. In reality, calling a professional for an inspection and quote can give you more peace of mind, and be a lot more manageable on the wallet. 

We’ve learned how to first recognize the type of ant infestation in your home, and are experienced on how to treat that type of bug issue. 

What You Can Do to Prevent Ant Infestations 

“Prevention through exterior treatment involves establishing a quarterly exterior pest control program. This allows us to prevent insects and bugs from ever entering your home in the first place,” Dave said. 

With JD Smith, we first inspect your home, evaluate potential and current issues, and then create a custom pest control treatment plan for your home. 

If you think you have a current problem, or you’d like to invest in a pest prevention plan, we’re here to help.  We will eliminate your bug problem for good. Call us for a complimentary inspection and estimate. We look forward to hearing from you!

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