Ant Control

Ant Control and Removal for Kansas City Homes

Miller Pest is an industry leader for safe and efficient pest removal solutions for your Kansas City ant control issues. When dealing with ants, the problem areas we focus on are ants that have built nests inside your home and ants that live outside but search for food in your home. After a thorough inspection of your residence, we will use liquid and baits, as well as other treatments for the exterior and interior, to make sure your home is completely ant free – inside and out.

Our Kansas City Ant Control Solution Entails:

  1. Examination of the exterior (home foundation and lawn) as well as the interior (trim, windows, rooms, etc.) to pinpoint entry points that the ants are using
  2. Dependent on the specific problem your house is facing, we will use a unique treatment of liquid non-repellants with a minimal odor, dust, and gel or granular baits
  3. Solutions that are child and pet-friendly

Odorous House Ants

At Miller Pest & Termite, odorous house ants tend to be one of the most common insects dealt with. House ants search for any little cracks or small gaps in your foundation and use this to easily enter and invade your home. Our technicians primarily inspect around doors and windows as this is the most common point of entry. Unbeknownst to most, chemicals sold at home and gardening stores are repellants and actually increase the stress of the ant colony, making your problem worse.

If inside, odorous house ants can be found in walls or near doors and windows, and like areas with moisture such as your sink, any pipes, and plants that you may have. For the exterior, ants will congregate around trees, soil, rocks, under walkways, and by debris.

 

Carpenter Ants

You will be able to identify a carpenter ant by its shiny black exterior. These ants can range from one-quarter to one-half inch and sometimes have a two-toned or reddish brown body, but one similarity they all share is that when viewed from the side, their thorax shows off a smoothly rounded outline. Rather than using wood as a food source, carpenter ants use it for nesting by hollowing out timbers, lumber from homes and other structures, trees, stumps, etc. and within these pieces of wood, they will build a series of cavities and tunnels. Signs of carpenter ant infestation could be sawdust that contains food, parts of insects, or dead ants.

Carpenter ants are a half an inch or more in length and shiny black. Other kinds of carpenter ants, however, are as small as a one-quarter inch and are reddish brown or two-toned. One consistent characteristic of all carpenter ants is the smoothly rounded outline of the thorax when viewed from the side. Carpenter ants do not eat wood but instead construct their nests in wood such as hollow trees, stumps, logs, posts, landscaping timbers, and the lumber used in homes and other structures. Nests are made by chewing an interconnecting series of tunnels and cavities. Wood is removed as coarse sawdust-like material that is pushed from the nest. The sawdust may include other debris such as dead ants, parts of insects and other food.

What can you do to help prevent ant infestations?

  • Implement good sanitation practices
  • Fix any pipes or faucets that leak
  • Cut away any shrubs, vegetation, or tree branches that are close to the home’s structure
  • Avoid putting piles of brick, excessive mulch, and cut wood near your home’s foundation so ant harborage will not occur
  • Use caulk to seal up gaps and cracks near door and window frames, the foundation, and baseboards so ants can’t get in

Contact Miller Pest TODAY at 816-420-0340 for a free pest estimate.

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