No matter how small and seemingly harmless, ants should never be welcome in your home. These uninvited guests build their nests on your premises, use your resources, invade your kitchen, and, sometimes, carry diseases and parasites that can contaminate your food. If you have an ant problem, it’s best to take care of it quickly to avoid any of these harsh consequences.
If you’ve noticed ants invading your Maryland home, contact the team at Brody Brothers now—or give us a call at 410-653-2121 to ask any questions you may have about proper ant control!
What Types of Ants Cause Problems?
There is no single sure way to get rid of ants, because all ant species are different. Each of them behaves in a certain way and responds better to certain treatments.
Curious what species of ants you are dealing with?Take a look at these suspects common in Maryland:
The team at Brody Brothers Pest Control has studied ants’ variations, biology, and habits, and can easily identify your home invaders. Whether you are looking for commercial or residential pest control in Baltimore, we will provide adequate solutions to all types ants and other insects. Contact us to schedule a home or commercial pest inspection—we will get rid of your ant problem ASAP!
Our Approach to Treating Ant Infestation in Baltimore
At Brody Brothers Pest Control, we follow the Integrated Pest Management Approach and tailor our treatments depending on the type of ant we are dealing with in homes and businesses.
In order to determine the type of ant wreaking havoc on your home or business, we will begin by inspecting your space. Some steps in our process include:
Inspecting your property and identifying the ant species.
Locating and treating areas of the home and property that are attractive and susceptible to ants.
Eliminating conditions that attract ants to the property.
Locating the nests both indoors and outdoors and performing targeted treatments.
Eliminating ant trails and pathways in the home with targeted treatment placements.
No matter how extensive the problem is, Brody Brothers has a program to get rid of ants and keep them out. If you need help, call the team at Brody Brothers—we will create a custom treatment for you!
Why Trust Brody Brothers with Ant Control Services?
There are plenty of ant treatments available on the market these days, but it still pays to hire a professional. When you sporadically apply ant treatments, you risk breaking up the colony, causing it to split or move. You can easily make the problem worse if you don’t know what you are doing.
“Spraying here and there” is not a solution. In fact, we advise our Baltimore customers against using spray to treat ants, especially in the kitchen where the toxins can get on your food preparation surfaces. If you want to fight ants on your own, you can start by being proactive and reducing the chances of ants moving in. With our Home Protection Plan, you can avoid an ant infestation before it starts!
How to Deter Ants from Nesting on Your Property
Ant control is more effective if you create an unwelcoming environment for these creatures. It’s best to stop an ant infestation before it starts—but how?
Here are a few tips that can be used to deter ants from nesting on your property and wreaking havoc on your home or business:
Trim outdoor branches and shrubbery. Cutting back all of the branches and shrubbery that comes in contact with your home’s exterior can inhibit ants from nesting. Ants use these elements to bypass the treated perimeter of your home.
Don’t over-mulch. It’s recommended to keep mulch at least three inches away from your home.
Don’t leave tree stumps or wood unattended. Tree stumps or any wood that is left to rot can attract ants. Try to avoid any situations where wood is in direct contact with the ground or right next to your home. Monitor wood decay and replace damaged wood as necessary.
Keep your kitchen area clean. Keeping your kitchen surfaces and your pet’s food bowl clean, and wiping spills immediately, can deter ants.
Monitor indoor humidity and establish a good water drainage system outdoors. Certain types of ant, commonly carpenter ants, are attracted to water and damp wood.
Get rid of debris. Remove piles of debris, like leaves, fire wood, and bricks; don’t keep firewood directly on the ground and too close to your home.
Make note of your plants. Control plant lice or aphids on your favorite shrubs like rose bushes, peonies and any type of maple.
Contact Brody Brothers for Ant Control in Baltimore, MD
Don’t let ants rule your home. If you have an ant problem in the Baltimore, Maryland or a surrounding area, contact the team at Brody Brothers by calling 410-653-2121!
Areas we service: Clarksville, Dayton, Ellicott City, Columbia, Marriottsville, Woodstock, Sykesville, Woodbine, Finksburg, Hampstead, Manchester, Reisterstown, Upperco, Westminister, New Windsor, Baltimore, Raspeburg, Gywnn Oak, Pikesville, Mt. Washington, Roland Park, Govans, Clifton, Arlington, Druid, Franklin, Highlandtown, Catonsville, Carroll, Morrell Park, Parkville, Nottingham, Rosedale, Northwood, Baldwin, Cockeysville, Hunt Valley, Glen Arm, Glyndon, Lutherville, Timonium, Monkton, Owings Mills, Parkton, Perry Hall, Phoenix, Randallstown, Sparks, Glencoe, Stevenson, White Hall, White Marsh, Sparrows Point, Essex, Middle River, Dundalk, Towson.
Areas we service in Montgomery County: Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Rockville, Olney, Potomac, Bethesda, Laurel, Highland, Glen Echo, Chevy Chase, Cabin John, Brookeville, Poolesville, Barnesville, Dickerson, Derwood, Sandy Spring, Ashton, Brinklow, Burtonsville
In most cases, ants are attracted to a plentiful food source, such as:
Sugary residues from spilled soda, fruit juice, or syrups
Spilled food, food particles, or water/food residues
Open or insecure trash containers
To take advantage of the food source, however, the ants must first gain entry to your building. This can be done through small cracks in the foundation or siding, poorly-sealed doors, holes drilled for pipes, or any other small opening.
There are several ways you can prevent ant infestations in your home or business, including:
Sealing holes and cracks in the exterior
Removing leaves and debris from around the building
Cleaning the kitchen and dining room often
Cleaning food spills quickly
Keeping garbage and pet food containers sealed
If you do discover an ant problem, it is not advisable to treat it yourself, as many consumer products can actually make the problem worse. If you have an ant problem in Baltimore or Montgomery County, Maryland or a surrounding area, contact the team at Brody Brothers by calling (410) 653-2121 Baltimore area or (301) 637-0178 Montgomery County.
While we don't advise treating ant infestations on your own we do know a few quick tricks to rid ants of your home if they haven't been there a while. Vinegar! Ants really hate vinegar. Mixing 50/50 vinegar and water is a natural approach to get rid of ants that are in clear sight. Mix contents into a spray bottle and spray directly on the ants, clean up with a damp paper towel.
At Brody Brothers Pest Control, we will take a multi-step approach to eliminate ants in your Baltimore home or business. Our experts have the skills to identify and successfully treat problem locations, eliminating the infestation and preventing problems in the future. With our convenient and affordable Home Protection Plan, we provide ongoing, quarterly treatments that can keep your building free of numerous pests—including rodents, ants, bees, wasps, and more.
Kitchen ants also called Odorous ants get their name from the strong rotten coconut odor they produce when crushed. In order to eliminate and even prevent odorous ants from your home, you must start by:
Cleaning up any spills right away, especially anything sweet
Spray the ants with a soap and water mixture (2 oz. of hand soap to a quart of water) and clean the area. This will kill the ants and get rid of the chemical trails, which attracts more ants.
Keep pet food areas clean, especially the food bowl
Make sure to fix any leaky sinks, windows, or showers right away
Using pesticide and chemical sprays against ants may only mask the problem while covering your kitchen surfaces with dangerous toxins. To ensure complete elimination of the ant infestation call a pro.
For friendly, professional ant control in Baltimore & Montgomery County, trust our team at Brody Brothers! We can handle any infestation, large or small.
For most homes, you can expect to pay between $150 and $300 for a one-time visit from an exterminator.
Our experts have the skills to identify and successfully treat problem locations, eliminating the infestation and preventing problems in the future. With our convenient and affordable Home Protection Plan, we provide ongoing, quarterly treatments that can keep your building free of numerous pests—including rodents, ants, bees, wasps, and more.
March and April are the months when ants begin to come out. Ants hibernate in their nests all winter long, and while many ants will die in the cold winter months. Usually, there will be some that survive and help get the colony back to what it was.
Our friendly technicians are here to help control ants during the most active season. We also offer an affordable Home Protection Plan. We provide ongoing, quarterly treatments that can keep your building free of numerous pests.
Acrobat ants have a distinctive heart-shaped abdomen. Their name comes from their ability to raise the abdomen above their head, typically when they feel threatened. “Acrobat” may also refer to the way they can get into your home by walking on cable lines or thin branches.
You can treat acrobat ants by:
Locating the entry points or colony
Spray the trails and entry points (this is not an easy task and can leave harmful chemicals behind)
Bait if needed
Prevent future infestations by making sure all surfaces are clean
Carpenter ants get their name from there nesting habits, which is living in water damaged wood.
Signs of carpenter ants include:
Wood shavings on the floor that look like sawdust, often mixed with dead ants
Swarming winged ants
Presence of live ants foraging for food
A rustling sound heard inside the wooden structures
If you think you have a carpenter ant infestation contact us online or give us a call at (410) 653-2121 (Baltimore area) or (301) 637-0178 (Montgomery County) to schedule your ant control service today.
Pavement ants in Maryland are quite content outside and while they don't necessarily cause a ton of damage they are a nuisance. Also, they may move indoors if they find access. Once in your home, they typically stay on the ground level and nest under the floors, inside the walls and insulation, particularly in sunrooms.
Pavement ants will feed on almost anything from the crumbs on your kitchen floor, food debris around your pet’s bowls and may even climb on the kitchen counter, contaminating your food preparation surfaces.
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