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When ants first came on the scene, their neighbors were likely too big to notice them. Who were these neighbors? Dinosaurs. That’s right, they have been around for about 168 million years and survived the extinction event that wiped out ¾ of plant and animal species. These tiny creatures that once lived in the shadows of the T-rex have now adapted to live on almost every landmass in the world. With such a long history, they have become expert survivalists, which is no wonder that they’re now such a nuisance in our homes. There are tens of thousands of species of ants, and 31 in the State of Illinois. Those most common in Chicago, IL homes include Odorous House, Pharaoh, and the two most destructive:
Contrary to popular belief, Carpenter Ants don’t eat wood. However, this doesn’t mean they don’t destroy wooden structures in your home. The telltale piles of sawdust they leave behind result from them renovating their colony’s home. They build vast networks of tunnels and holes to house their families, containing up to 3,000 members. Identifying a few holes or piles of sawdust doesn’t mean you’ve found their main home. They have a large territory, so the evidence you see might just be an outpost to their main colony. It’s even harder to find their base colony because they are mostly nocturnal. Therefore, having an expert from Midwest Pest Solutions investigate your issue will give you quick and knowledgeable solutions and keeps you out of harm’s way. Should you stumble upon a colony, the largest ant in North America will bite. Their sting can break the skin and the formic acid they inject causes a burning sensation.
Pavement Ants get their name from the familiar sight of little ant hills poking up through cracks in sidewalk pavement. However, their territory is not strictly outdoors. In reality, Pavements are one of the most numerous nuisance pests in the United States. While they don’t have the same destructive qualities as Carpenters, they still pose risks to humans. Also known as the Sugar Ant, they find their way into stored food and chew through plastic, paper, and cardboard to reach their sweet meal. They don’t limit themselves to fresh food, and it’s far more common to have them in your trash. Because they crawl over our home surfaces, this leads to the spread of harmful bacteria, such as salmonella, being tracked from garbage onto the spaces we use to prepare food and eat. Finally, they can bite. While rare, they can cause an irritation in some people, especially those with allergies to insect bites and stings.
Ridding your home or business of an ant infestation is hard to accomplish on your own. Ants multiply rapidly, can become resistant to store-bought pesticides, and it is often hard to identify their main base. Additionally, some pesticides can be harmful to the health of pets and children. When you see the telltale signs, contact an expert at Midwest Pest Solutions. As Chicago, IL‘s #1 rated pest control company, we pride ourselves on providing responsible, effective service at a fair price. In addition to our stellar customer service, we provide free estimates.
We’re passionate about helping people just like you get rid of unwanted pest problems. As such, we are proud to be the only pest control company in Chicago, IL promising excellence in value, service, and trust.
Ants invade homes looking for food and water. So if you leave dirty dishes in the sink, food residue on your counters, or crumbs on the floor, you’re essentially inviting meal-seeking ants into your home. This becomes a problem when those ants set up their nests in your walls, on your lawn, and around your home’s foundation.
Ant infestations are a pretty big deal. One of the biggest problems related to ants is food contamination. Ants carry bacteria on their bodies, which spreads when they crawl in your sink and across your countertops. Now, only a few ant species carry insect-borne diseases, but finding any ants in your home is an unpleasant surprise.
To get your ant problem under control, a proper inspection is your very first step. This allows us to design a unique program for your specific situation. So please give us a call at 708-439-1324 to schedule your ant inspection. Our team is thoroughly trained in eliminating ant colonies and will keep these pests where they belong: out of your business and home.
Gio came out and did an excellent job in targeting the areas needed to be addressed for our ant problem. I highly recommend using Mid West Pest Solutions! He was very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions.– Oscar R. in Chicago, IL We have used Midwest Pest Solutions twice. Wasps in the summer and a mouse situation recently. Both times they have been so great and easy to work with. Would continue to recommend.– Gaby V. in Chicago, IL I was very pleased with Gio’s professional expertise and his experience with Midwest Pest Solutions. They are reliant and responsible. They care about the customer and they also take pride in their work.– Cristian G. in Chicago, IL The people at Midwest Pest Solutions are so professional. They set up appointments and arrive when they are scheduled to arrive. We had a “mouse problem” as well as problems with bees, and they were able to immediately alleviate our problems. I would highly recommend this company.– Kathleen C. in Oak Lawn, IL Professional, affordable service was very much appreciated. Very polite & friendly service professional arrived promptly & clearly explained the treatment (exterior perimeter & interior application for large spiders) as well as safety precautions for my pets– Susan Q. in Oak Lawn, IL Managed to squeeze me in the last min on the same day I called, after seeing a mouse in the house, and was very thorough and informative. He came back to check traps 2 weeks later and was equally knowledgeable about how many mice might be in house and how to potentially stop our ant and spider issue. Knowledgeable about how the weather impacts each potential intruder.– Leonard B. in Oak Lawn, IL
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5.0 Star Rating ★★★★★