Blog: Big spike in grease ant cases

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Well I’m calling this year a total epidemic of unseen proportion with regards to grease ants. Never have we seen so many cases of grease ants in peoples homes as we are in 2019. Call outs for these ants are off the charts so far this February. Not only are they unsightly, they are a major nuisance and these little critters also bite and send out large winged mating ants by the thousands.  They are a common ant in homes, especially in the kitchen, bathrooms, utility rooms and dinning rooms. They are called grease ants because they are omnivorous, eating just about anything - although they prefer to feed on grease and high-protein foods such as meats, cheeses, seeds, pet food and just about any other food that hits the ground. Grease ant colonies are generally small in size, but can have as many as 20 queens per nest. They will travel a considerable distance for food, traveling along baseboards and cabinets where they leave pheromone trails for other workers to continue the search for food. Simple prevention tips include: caulk or otherwise seal all entry points where the ants are entering from the baseboards, put away foods in sealed containers or the fridge, don’t leave dirty dishes sit in the sink and immediately clean up food spills.  

 

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Go Green Pest Control owner Randy Bilesky is a long-time South Delta resident. Trained and certified, Bilesky has first-hand knowledge of the pest problems that local homeowners and business owners encounter.

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