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Identifying Ants: Not Always Easy, but Crucial for Pest Control

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Ants: They all kind of look the same to the untrained observer, but each species has its own unique qualities. To practice smart pest control, Portland residents should properly identify the invaders before taking action.

Why Ant Identification Matters

When you know what kind of ant is invading your space, you can learn more about its nesting and feeding habits. This particularly important when it comes to pest control for commercial property and residential applications, because using the wrong techniques can prove frivolous – and can even exacerbate the infestation.

To learn about the ants you’re dealing with, capture some and take them to a Portland pest control expert such as Eden. (Many, including us, will identify your ants free of charge.) Then you can educate yourself about the nesting and feeding habits of the particular species in your home.

After learning about the offending ants, follow some to their nesting sites and cover the holes from which they enter and exit. Then prevent the pests from entering your home or building by:

  • Sealing holes and cracks around the exterior of the building.
  • Clearing leaf clutter and debris from the outside of the property.
  • Eliminating leaks.
  • Putting away food and cleaning spills.
  • Hiring the services of a pest control expert. 

Learn More

Dr. Laurel Hansen is offering her annual Ant Identification Workshop through the Oregon Pest Control Association on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chemeketa Community College in Salem. This hands-on workshop gives an in-depth look at species identification – and you get to keep the provided manual and ant specimens at the end. If you’re in the pest control industry, you can also earn 4 credit hours.

If you have any questions, call the OPCA office at 541-935-1115 (toll-free 1-800-656-6722).

[ Photo by: derekGavey, on Flickr, via CC License ]

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