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Ants are some of nature’s most hard-working creatures and their industrious habits and phenomenal strength are quite amazing. Although their colonies are impressive no one wants them near or inside their home or business. Each species of ants has different infestation techniques thus our methods in treating them vary. Creature Control’s pest and insect control technicians have the knowledge and expertise to eliminate your ant problem.

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Ants are some of the most pervasive insect pests in Michigan. Common ant species in our area are carpenter ants, slab ants, thief ants, acrobatic ants, odorous ants, and pharaoh ants. They each have distinctive habits and characteristics and they infest homes and businesses differently. Ants are omnivorous; feeding on vegetation and other animals, including rival ants, and they all share a liking for sweet foods that’s high in sugar. Ants are capable of moving a tremendous amount of food back to their colony, relative to their size, and when doing so they leave a trail behind for other ants to follow.

Carpenter ants usually make their homes in moist or rotting wood, likely found in dampened areas caused by water leaks around sinks, bathtubs, poorly sealed windows and door frames and roof leaks. It is known that untreated carpenter ant infestations can get so bad that homes have been demolished as the safety of the structure no longer exists.

Slab ants or "pavement ants" are the small, blackish-brown ants that build up little piles of dirt in the cracks of your sidewalk or driveway. They can become a real problem if they get into your garage or basement as their mound-building homes can break up concrete becoming destructive over time. Acrobatic ants though not usually destructive in nature are one of the few ants in Michigan that can sting or bite aggressively if disturbed.

Pharaoh ants are small, light-yellow ants that usually prefer the warmth of industrial kitchens such as in restaurants and hospitals and other undisturbed dark spaces. Pharaoh ant colonies maintain multiple queens and unlike other ants, they are able to quickly move their colonies from place to place if they are threatened, making their extermination process labor intensive. Large pharaoh colonies can have up to several million workers and numerous queens.

Swarming ants or "flying ants" are often mistaken for termites. Swarmer’s are male ants who’ve developed wings for mating - for the sole purpose to establish a new colony. If seen indoors, most likely there is already a nest within the structure. Whether it’s a termite or an ant ready to create a new nest - rely on a professional who knows the difference and can accurately provide the treatment needed for the type of ant infestation your facing.

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Getting Rid of Ants!

There is no standard way to treat all ants. Successful ant treatment programs will vary depending on the type of ant and the location of the infestation whether indoors or outdoors. Commercially sold ant traps that claim to treat any ant problem universally, usually don’t work. Ant traps and bait stations may be used in minor situations, but they are seldomly strong enough to take care of a serious infestation. Creature Control makes use of a variety of methods, including habitat modification, perimeter pesticide applications, locating and removing the nest, ant baits and structural modifications, as the situation may warrant.

One challenge in controlling pharaoh ant infestations is that they will immediately scatter if a toxic substance is applied to it, sometimes leading to the establishment of multiple new colonies where there had only been one before. Treatment of carpenter ants will vary depending on whether the colony is nesting in the house or outside, and how advanced the colony is (usually takes about 3-4 years for a colony to fully mature). Unfortunately, many homeowners do not see evidence of an infestation until the colony is already quite advanced. Infestations within the home usually require professional pest control measures with several treatments. And, of course persons with an ant infestation should take care that sweet foods are not left out and that crumbs are cleaned up.

Dealing with ants can sometimes be simple; other times it can be a very intricate and time-consuming process as in the case of large carpenter ant and pharaoh ant infestations. One thing is certain, if you suspect you have an ant problem it’s best to get it checked out sooner rather than later, as ant infestations only grow worse with time. Creature Control is your one stop shop for ant treatments and solutions!

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Scratching during the day may indicate the presence of a bat, but this is uncommon.

More common sources of scratching or clawing during the day is a squirrel or a yellowjacket hive in the drywall, if it is summer.

A scratching sound coming from the attic is a good indication of the presence of a bat. The scratching may be constant or intermittent and may occur at day or night, though with a bat, this scratching will usually be heard at night. This is the sounds of the claws on the bat's wings as it moves around.

It may also indicate the presence of mice, however. An inspection is necessary to more directly pinpoint the source of the sound.

Gnawing sounds during the day are almost always due to the presence of a rodent, such a mouse, squirrel, chipmunk, or sometimes a rat. Rodents are characterized by their large incisor teeth, which continually grow and must be worn down by constant gnawing. Rodents will gnaw on wires, insulation and anything else they can find in an attic. Many house fires due to electrical problems are caused by damaged wires due to squirrel gnawing.

If you are hearing gnawing or chewing sounds at night, it may indicate the presence of a raccoon. Usually this will be accompanied by other noises, such as heavy walking. If you do not hear this, it may be a flying squirrel or some other rodent.

A "rolling" sound is usually due to the presence of a red squirrel bringing in nuts or other debris and rolling it around up in the attic, as squirrels will use attics to hoard food. If you hear this sound during the day, it is certainly a red squirrel, since red squirrels are the only mammals that commonly get into attics that are active during the day (flying squirrels get into attics as well but they are nocturnal). The "rolling" sound associated with a squirrel is sometimes described as the sound of marbles rolling.

If it is not a squirrel, there's a possibility a rolling sound could be made by birds moving around in a tight space.

Rolling sounds at night can be caused by flying squirrels, which are nocturnal. It is made by the squirrel bringing nuts or other debris into the attic or wall.

Raccoons may also make a rolling sound, though this is less common.

Scampering or scurrying during the day is almost always attributable to a squirrel, as most other scurrying animals (such as mice) are nocturnal.

A scurrying or scampering sound at night is usually due to mice moving through the walls, ceiling, or along the floor.

Nocturnal flying squirrels may make this noise as well; peak periods of activity for flying squirrels are just before dawn and shortly after sunset. Their scurrying is light and fast.

Raccoons may also make this sort of noise, but with a raccoon it will be more of a "walking" sound, a bit heavier than a squirrel, and not as fast.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

If you can clearly hear the sound of flapping during the day, it is definitely a bird.

If you hear flapping at night, it is either a trapped bird or a bat. Nuisance birds are generally not active at night, so if you hear flapping it may be a bird that has become trapped. The flapping of a bat's wings is very soft, almost like a dull whirring. If you hear a very faint, soft whirring, it may mean a bat is flying around nearby in the dark.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall. It is not as common at night, but certainly can happen then as well if the hive is big enough.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by the presence of a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

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