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Ant Control

Are Ants Taking Over Your Property?

When it comes to nuisance pests, ants are right there at the top of the list. While ants don’t cause any physical harm to people, they can invade your yard and even your home and are seldom dealt with effectively without the aid of a professional pest control expert. Al Harris Pest Control has successfully been dealing with the ants we find prevalent in our service area of Sarasota and Manatee Counties since 1978.

Understanding Ants is the Key to Controlling Them

Ant Control can be a problem as ants thrive in the warm climate of Florida. They are extremely social insects. We have all marveled at one time or another at the organization and persistence of ants. With a well-structured caste system, ant colonies are composed of workers, queens and males. When the weather becomes too cold, too wet or too dry, ants will look for a more hospitable environment. And your home offers the perfect environment. Ants are also foragers. You’ve seen lines of ants scurrying about in your yard, on a driveway or sidewalk. These ants are searching for a food source. If they find that easy source of food in your home, they will continue to return on a regular basis. Effectively treating your property for ants involves not only treating the home itself but identifying the source of the ant colony

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Typical Ants in Our Service Area

There are literally thousands of different kinds of ants in the world, but here in Sarasota and Manatee county we only deal with a few more common ant types.

Carpenter Ants: As the name would imply carpenter ants are attracted to wood. This could be a rotting stump, your discarded wood pile or even the solid wood inside your house. In some cases, carpenter ants can be destructive like termites. Carpenter ants like to build satellite colonies so destroying the nest that is most visible may not solve the problem. This is why you need a professional pest control company that has the knowledge and understanding of these ants to complete the job.

Fire Ants: Fire ants can be more than a nuisance as anyone who has accidentally stepped on a fire ant nest can attest. Their bites inject an alkaloid venom and can be very painful. Some people have an allergic reaction to a fire ant bite as others do a bee sting. Fire ants aggressively defend their homes and can be very dangerous to people who can’t readily escape like small infants or the elderly. Fire ants can also be a danger to pets. Smaller pets and older pets are particularly at risk.

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Treating Ants

Like other nuisance insects the key to successfully ridding your property of ants is a thorough inspection. As a homeowner you can help resolve the problem by noting where you see ant activity. Depending on the type of ant, you may see evidence of ant trails that can be followed to their nesting area. Determining the location of the colonies nest is the key to controlling an ant problem. While you can spray random ants or even a long line of marching ants with a household pesticide, this will not solve the problem. It’s key to define the species of ant in order to treat the problem effectively. The professionals at Al Harris Pest Control understand the characteristics of different types of ants and once they determine the type, they can determine the proper treatment.

Controlling ants can involve different types treatments. We use chemicals to create a barrier around your property to prevent ants from entering your home. This would be applied around doors, windows, behind baseboards, and plumbing fixtures as well as any cracks and crevices between walls and flooring. Dust pesticides are ideal for this as they can be blown into cracks and cavities that likely contain a nest. Baits can also be placed where scavenging ants will travel. We may also treat the yard as well and use saturation treatments and direct applications to the ant colonies nest.

Why Choose Al Harris Pest Control?

Since 1978, Al Harris Pest Control has been Sarasota and Manatee counites # 1 choice for Residential & Commercial Pest Control and Wildlife Removal. Whether you are a homeowner, general manager, contractor, property manager, office manager or business owner, we have worked with thousands of customers successfully removing pests and wildlife.

Al Harris Pest Control is dedicated to every customer and strives to give each client the best in high-quality services and products. If you need quality residential or commercial pest control services, don’t wait! Contact Al Harris Pest Control today to schedule your inspection and get your free estimate.

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Areas We Service

Sarasota County

Bee Ridge, Englewood, Fruitville, Gulf Gate Estates, Kensington Park, Laurel, Lido Key, Myakka, Nokomis, North Port, North Sarasota, Osprey, Plantation, Sarasota, Sarasota Springs, Siesta Key, Southgate, South Sarasota, South Venice, St Armands Key, Tallevast, The Meadows, University Park, Vamo, Venice, Venice Gardens

Manatee County

Anna Maria Island, Bayshore Gardens, Braden River, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Bradenton East, Cortez, Ellenton, Homes Beach, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat Key, Oneco, Palmetto, Palma Sola, Parrish, Samoset, Snead Island, South Bradenton, Memphis, West Bradenton, Whitfield

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Phone:  (941) 378-0000
Fax: (941) 378-9996


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Al Harris Pest Control Inc
6100 Palmer Blvd. Unit A
Sarasota , FL 34232

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Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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