Ants are some of the most common pests, but you might not think of them as that big of a deal. However, ants in Hawaii can be rather invasive, and many species can be destructive and even dangerous. Ants in Hawaii can get into homes and businesses and cause a lot of problems, and they often seek out food sources. Learn more about how to keep ants away in this guide.
The Types Of Ants That Invade Hawaii Properties
Some of the ants in the area are mainly considered nuisance pests. These nuisance species include crazy ants, best identified by the erratic or "crazy" movements they make. There are also ghost ants that are small and have an almost transparent, clear appearance. However, even these invasive species can cause many problems with their large colonies.
There are also potentially dangerous ants such as little fire ants and tropical fire ants. These orangish-colored ants can also sting and bite, and these bites can be painful. Sometimes people have strong allergic reactions to their venom. There are also pharaoh ants which can be dangerous as they spread harmful pathogens.
Lastly, there are destructive ants such as carpenter ants that destroy wooden items and structures as they tunnel through wood.
The Problems Ants Can Cause On Your Hawaii Property
The main problem with ants is when they cause allergic reactions or make you sick, but even the more harmless ants can get into food sources and contaminate them. They can have large, sprawling colonies containing thousands of individuals, which means they can spread quickly and be hard to remove.
Also, carpenter ants can damage drywall, wood, and other items as they tunnel through. They don't eat the wood as termites would, but they can still be destructive.
Overall the best way to handle ant problems is to get ant control services from the experts at Able Pest Management.
The Best Way To Protect Your Hawaii Home From Ants
If you're looking to protect your property from ants, the best ant control is with help from Able Pest Management. We have commercial and residential pest control plans that can address all of the prevalent species in Hawaii. We can also handle any current ant infestations, regardless of how severe.
While you can try to remove ants on your own, this usually isn't that effective. Most over-the-counter ant control options don't completely work because their colonies can be so large and underground or even inside of wooden beams.
Five Natural Ways To Keep Ants Away From Your Hawaii Property
While ant prevention and control are easier with pest control help, you can also follow some steps to keep ants away by making your property less attractive to them:
- Clean up food and drink spills. Store pet food indoors.
- Keep ants out by repairing broken screens and sealing up holes in the exterior walls and foundation.
- Take the trash out often and get tight-fitting lids for all garbage cans.
- Remove moisture problems by fixing leaky plumbing and removing standing water from the property.
- Regularly clean up kitchens by sweeping and mopping floors and doing dirty dishes often.
Get ongoing ant control services by calling Able Pest Management today.