SAFEGUARD PEST SOLUTIONS
Safeguard Pest Solutions is now open and operating as an essential workforce.
For everyone’s safety, we are practicing social distancing and all Executive Shelter-in-Place orders. We’re all in this together, and we want to thank you for your continued trust in us. The health and well-being of your home and family is our top priority. To help mitigate the spread of coronavirus, Safeguard Pest Solutions will continue to provide top quality pest control services while adhering to all official safety guidelines.
Protect your Lawn from Field Ants
Ant Control Service Near You
Professional Ant Exterminator
Get rid of Ants FAST!
Fast-acting Ant Treatment service.
See results in 24 – 48 hours
1-time service will exterminate ants for the whole season.
WHAT DO YARD ANTS LOOK LIKE?
Yard ants are the most common ant that people think about when they think about ants. They aren’t a specific species of ant, but more of a term used for ants that live in your yard. Sometimes called Field Ants, these insects are roughly a quarter-inch (¼”) (6mm) long. They vary in color from yellow or brown, to red, black, and even a combination of red and black. You’ll likely spot the anthills before you see any actual ants.
WHY ARE THERE SO MANY ANTS IN MY YARD?
Field ants are always looking for new places to colonize. Ants can suddenly appear in your lawn if you haven’t taken any preventative measures, and you have well-drained, dry, warm soil. They don’t care if your lawn is a desert or a green oasis. A lush and well-drained lawn is a prime real estate for yard ants. Ants can’t live in wet ground. If you have wet or mucky soil you won’t have ants. So even the best maintained and manicured lawn can get ants. In fact, the better the lawn, the more likely you have ants trying to move in.
CAN YARD ANTS DAMAGE MY LAWN?
First off, ants can provide some benefit to your lawn. They eat other insects in your yard and can help with aeration just as much, if not more than earthworms. But left alone, yard ants can cause significant cosmetic damage to your lawn and will kill your grass. Yard ants create mounds of excavated dirt called ant hills in your lawn. These ant hills can kill the grass around them, particularly if the grass is short. These tiny excavators can eventually make your lawn uneven. In addition, ants eat at the grassroots while they are digging tunnels leading to bare spots in your lawn.
CAN LAWN ANTS HURT YOUR GARDEN?
Yard ants eat honeydew. Honeydew is a sweet substance secreted by aphids. Ants are known to protect aphids from predators and tend to their needs. This nurturing of aphids can lead to an increased number of them in your garden. Most gardeners know that too many aphids will destroy your plants. While lawn ants don’t directly damage your garden, their symbiotic relationship with aphids does put your garden at risk.
WILL ANTS GO AWAY ON THEIR OWN?
Yard Ants can live for years. Unless the conditions in your yard change, ants will not go away on their own. Left unchecked ants will likely cause any number of cosmetic damages to your lawn. Ants reproduce very quickly! The average yard ant colony is around 4,000 – 7,000 ants, but in rare cases can reach upwards of 40,000 ants! It’s easiest to take care of smaller ant colonies than it is to treat larger ones. If you wait for the ants to go away on their own you’ll only make your ant problem worse and harder to deal with.
HOW DO I GET RID OF ANTS IN MY LAWN?
The quickest way to get rid of ants in your yard is to call your local pest control service. Safeguard Pest Solutions is a family-owned company that provides safe, high-quality pest control. We provide a safe and effective liquid ant treatment that will get rid of ants in your lawn without killing your grass. You’ll see results in 24-48 hours. This once a year treatment will keep your yard ant-free all season long.
Carpenter ants are one of the largest and most common ants in Michigan. Unlike termites, they only nest in wood and do not eat it. Worker ants will however borough through wood with their mandibles and excavate piles outside your walls. You’ll commonly find them in hollow trees and stumps. Sometimes these ants can find their way into your home. Carpenter ants prefer enclosed spaces with excessive moisture conditions.
Common places you may find carpenter ants are windows, chimneys, sinks, doorframes or bath traps and in hollow spaces such as wall voids.
Do you think you have an ant problem in your home or yard? We can help!
West Michigan’s best pest control company offers quality services at reasonable rates. Get rid of bugs and other pests today. Our pest control technicians will inspect your home or property and exterminate your pest problem safely and effectively.
HOMEMADE ANT TREATMENTS
Ants are tough insects to exterminate. Most importantly, you have to get down into the nest. There are a number of homemade ant treatment options, but they all have their drawbacks. While they generally work okay, they are inconsistent and can damage your lawn.
DOES BOILING WATER KILL ANTS
Pouring boiling water down an ant hill is a commonly used method for killing ants. The problem with this home ant treatment is while you do kill any ants that the boiling water comes in contact with, it’s very unlikely you’ll get deep inside the nest. This will take several attempts and you’ll most likely only kill ants on top of the hill and just below the surface. Boiling water can seriously burn your grassroots, leaving a bare burned spot on your lawn.
DOES LIQUID DISH SOAP AND OLIVE OIL KILL ANTS
Liquid dish soap and olive oil will kill ants. The idea here is the soap or oil sticks to and penetrates the yard ants exoskeleton and suffocates them. This is a quick and easy way to kill ants you can see but is almost completely ineffective at killing the nest. Plus, soapy water is bad for your grass. The soap can bleach and discolor your lawn.
DOES VINEGAR KILL ANTS?
Vinegar does kill ants. Pouring vinegar directly on ants will kill them almost instantly. The problem is you can’t deliver vinegar throughout the nest so you’re stuck only killing the ants you can see, and the ones just below the surface, leaving the rest of the colony safe. Additionally, vinegar has just as much chance of killing your lawn if done improperly.
USING SUGAR AND BORIC ACID TO KILL ANTS
Mix sugar and boric acid together into a paste. Place this paste near anthills. The sugar attracts the ants as they forage. The ants bring this boric acid-laced sugar back to the nest where it’s distributed amongst the colony, poisoning the colony and killing the nest. The challenge is getting the mixture correct. Too little boric acid and you won’t kill the ant colony. Too much and you’ll kill the ant before it reaches its nest.
ARE YARD ANTS HARD TO KILL?
Yard ants can be tough to deal with. They’re extremely hardy insects. Home remedies are inconsistent, can take a long time to work, and often lack the ability to get inside the nest and exterminate a whole colony. The most reliable way is to call a professional ant exterminator to eliminate your ant problem safely and quickly. Call Safeguard Pest Solutions and see results in 24 – 48 hours.
SAFEGUARD PEST SOLUTIONS
PEST ELIMINATION PROGRAM
Keep the pests out with Safeguard’s Pest Elimination Program.
The PEP program is designed to keep bugs where they belong – outside of your home! The PEP Service targets the exact treatment formula and rotation schedule needed to keep your home free from pesky home invaders such as ants, stink bugs, spiders, wasps, Japanese beetles and more
If you have any problems inside your home while signed up with PEP, Safeguard will take care of you at no extra costs. And—in addition to this great value, we’ll happily remove any unwanted wasp, bee and yellow jacket nests. Need pest control? Safeguard Pest Solutions is here for you.