Ant Control

Ant Control and Removal for Des Moines Homes

Miller Pest & Termite is the leading expert when it comes to a safe and effective pest control solution for your Des Moines ant control problems. There are two areas of concern that will be encountered in dealing with these pests. Ants that live outside and forage inside, and ones that already have a nest built inside. We will inspect and use previous experience to take care of your Des Moines ant problem. With the combination of liquid and baits, as well as interior and exterior treatments, we have your property COMPLETELY TREATED from the inside out.

Our Des Moines Ant Control Method Includes:

  1. Inspect the exterior (lawn, foundation) and interior (rooms, trim, windows) for possible entry points.
  2. Depending on your homes unique situation, we will use a combination of low-odor liquid non repellents, dust, as well as granular or gel baits.
  3. Our treatment methods are safe for children and pets!

Odorous House Ants

Did you know odorous house ants are one of the most common insects we deal with at Miller Pest? Odorous house ants can gain access to your home easily through small cracks in gaps in your foundation. Usually these are around doors and windows, and it’s a great place to start an inspection. Did you know many times using products from the store will only make your problem worse? Most chemicals sold at stores are repellent chemicals and add much stress to the ant colony. These chemicals can split up the main colony and make you feel like your problem has only worsened.

Odorous house ants can be found outside in soil, trees, firewood, rocks, piles of debris, and underneath walkways. Inside you can find them in walls, voids, and around moisture prone areas like plants, pipes, and sinks.

Carpenter 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 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 on your own to help prevent ants?

  • Practice good sanitation.
  • Repair leaky faucets & pipes.
  • Trim tree branches, shrubs, and vegetation away from the structure.
  • Keep cut wood, piles of brick, and excessive mulch, as far away from the foundation as possible to eliminate ant harborages.
  • Seal gaps and cracks in the foundation, window frames, door frames, and baseboards, with caulk to stop ants from entering.

Contact Miller Pest TODAY at 515-250-2981 for a free pest phone bid.