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Ant Control & Exterminator in

Silver Spring MD

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia

Ant Removal Services in
Silver Spring MD
Environmental Pest Control is an ant control and ant exterminator company in
Silver Spring MD
. No matter your ant infestation - carpenter ants, flying ants, black ants, pavement ants, etc... You have come to the right place. Environmental Pest Control is a professional ant exterminator that has the experience and solutions you need to permanently remove ants from your home. Don't delay, the approach of spring and summer in the Mid-Atlantic area assures warm weather is on the way and that is when ants will come up from their slumber, below ground, to invade your home. Ant infestations are best controlled, by a quarterly pest control plan, before they begin so call us today to ensure you are prepared this year!
How to Get Rid of Ants in
Silver Spring MD
Getting rid of ants in the house is performed by our highly trained pest technicians using their experience and pest control products. The best way to get rid of ants uses a combination of ant baits, ant sprays, granules, and seal up services.  We are quickly able to get rid of your ant infestation! Creating a barrier with a quarterly pest control program is always the best way to protect your home from ants.
Flying Ants in
Silver Spring MD
It is common to mistake flying ants for termites.  This happens every spring and summer in our area.  To understand the differences we need to examine their wings.  Flying ants wings are longer in the front, shorter in the back, and their wings are proportionate to their body.  Termite wings are the same length in the front and the back and are twice the length of their body.
How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants in
Silver Spring MD
Getting rid of carpenter ants is best performed by a professional ant exterminator right away.  Carpenter ants get their name because they excavate wood in order to build their nests. Their excavation results in smooth tunnels inside the wood. Much like termites and other wood destroying insects, this excavation can compromise the structural soundness of the wood over time.  Because of how carpenter ants attack wood, Environmental Pest Control approaches carpenter ant treatment like we do termite treatments.  We will look to perform a liquid treatment directly to the infestation area to immediately kill the carpenter ants and stop the structural damage in its tracks.  We use different, and often much stronger, chemicals when treating for carpenter ants vs. other ants.  As always, the best way to protect your home is to have a quarterly pest control program.  Our quarterly program includes protection against carpenter ants.
Types of Ants in
Silver Spring MD
1) Acrobat Ants - Acrobat ants are light brown to black in color. They are relatively small, usually measuring about 1/8” (3.2 mm) in length. Queens, however, are generally larger but can range in size up to 3/8” (10 mm) long.
2) Argentine Ants - Argentine ants are very ordinary-looking, small brown ants. They are small and slender, 2.6 to 3.2mm long, and are dark brown in color. The worker ants are uniform in shape and size and move in well-defined trails. They have a slight greasy, musty odor when crushed.
3) Carpenter Ants - Carpenter ant workers have black, dark brown, red and black, yellow or red coloration with sizes ranging from 3.4 to 13 mm. Black carpenter ants have uniform dark brown and black colors, while red and black carpenter ants have dark brown and black bodies with a red-brown thorax.
4) Fire Ants - Fire ants are red and black in coloration and, like all insects, they are protected by a hard exoskeleton and have six legs. Worker ants have round heads with mandibles, an armored thorax midsection and an abdomen, made up of the pedicle and the gaster. The head is typically copper brown in color.
5) Little Black Ants
6) Odorous House Ants - Odorous house ant adults are dark brown to black and approximately 1/8 inch long. Their waist (petiole) has a single flattened node, which may be difficult to see because it is obscured by other body parts. They also have 12-segmented antennae that lack a distinct club.v
7) Pavement Ants - Pavement ants are uniformly small, about 3mm long. They are dark brown to black in color with a shiny gluster. There are striations on the head and dorsal surface of their thorax and their 12-segmented antennae end in a 3-segmented club.
How Long do Ants Live?
The average lifespan of an ant can be anywhere from a few weeks to 15 years. That depends on the species, the role the ant plays and the availability of food sources. For instance, a black garden ant can live almost two decades, while fire ant workers are expected to live less than a month. Long live the queen! In almost every species, her royalness outlives everyone else in the colony.

Ant Control FAQ's

What areas do you service?

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What is the average cost for an ant exterminator in the MD, VA, WV area?

Professional ant control and extermination costs vary depending on the market, the service, the type of ant, the size of the treatment area, and if there is a warranty provided. Average costs for a one-time ant control treatment are $150-$450. Average costs for a recurring quarterly pest control plan, that included ants, is $320- $750 per year. CLICK HERE to see a complete list if average pest control prices. 

What kinds of ants are in the Mid-Atlantic area? How can I identify ants? 

If you see ants in your house, trees or lawn it is important to identify the species before any extermination plan.  A professional exterminator will do that or you may attempt identification yourself.  Some ant infestations could pose a nuisance, or worse a danger, to your home and family. The ant species found locally are Acrobat Ants, Argentine Ants, Carpenter Ants, Crazy Ants, Odorous House Ants, Pharoah Ants and even Fire Ants. A few invasive ants pose a real human health threat.  And carpenter ants left unchecked are extremely dangerous when it comes to wood structural damage. 

What is the cost of carpenter ant extermination?

We know from experience that carpenter ants are one of the most difficult pests to control and eliminate. The cost may vary widely based on our detailed carpenter ant inspection - and resultant extermination plan. A licensed professional may take many hours and treatments to completely exterminate carpenter ants or it may take only one-time treatment. Sometimes drilling is required. Average costs range from $250-$800. Prevention is always lower cost. Once eliminated, we recommend quarterly preventative carpenter ant inspections and treatment as necessary. CLICK HERE to see a complete information on carpenter ant control.

How can I get rid of ants on my own?

There are two main strategies for DIY ant control. Use ant baits and/or use ant repellents. But DIY pest control is not for everyone! OTC repellents may be highly toxic and usually just move the ants around -and make matters worse. Too, pesticides are toxic, and both professional grade as well as OTC ones, and must be carefully applied. If you want to solve your ant problem you must identify the species then locate and eliminate the colonies. That takes the right baits placed in the right locations at the right time of year.  Any possibly some strategically places repellants. Then, if successful, you need to identify and perform home improvement actions to prevent ant reinfestation. Sometimes ant DIY pest control methods become an ongoing battel of dangerous and expensive sprays, baits and lead to frustration.  It can actually end up costing you more than if you just called a professional ant control service. 

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