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Tigard Ant Control

Ant Control Services in Clackamas County & Washington County

Ants are a common nuisance and dealing with an infestation can be extremely frustrating and time-consuming. 

At Tough Bug Solutions, we use the best methods for eliminating ants in Tigard and throughout Clackamas County and Washington County. 

Our licensed technicians are experienced with the various types of ants that are common in our area and are equipped to deal with any infestation. 

Please call Tough Bug Solutions at (503) 664-9094 or contact us online for a free estimate for ant control.

Step-by-Step Guide to Ant Elimination

Getting rid of ants can be a frustrating task, but it's certainly possible with the right approach. 

Here's a step-by-step guide to help you eliminate ants from your home or garden:

  1. Identify the Ant Species: Different ant species may require different treatment methods. Identify the type of ants you're dealing with so you can choose the most effective solution.
  2. Keep Your Home Clean: Ants are attracted to food sources. To prevent them from entering your home, keep your kitchen and dining areas clean. Store food in airtight containers, clean up crumbs and spills promptly, and take out the trash regularly.
  3. Seal Entry Points: Ants can enter your home through small cracks and openings. Seal gaps around doors, windows, and any other potential entry points with caulk or weatherstripping.
  4. Remove Attractants: Remove any food or water sources that may attract ants. This includes pet food dishes, open food containers, and dripping faucets. Clean up spills and crumbs immediately.
  5. Use Natural Remedies: You can try natural remedies to deter ants. These include sprinkling cinnamon, black pepper, or diatomaceous earth along ant trails and entry points. Vinegar and water (equal parts) can be sprayed on ant trails to disrupt their pheromone trails.
  6. Set Up Ant Baits: Ant baits are an effective way to eliminate ant colonies. Place ant bait stations near ant activity areas but out of the reach of children and pets. The worker ants will carry the bait back to the nest, eventually killing the entire colony. Be patient; this process may take a few days.
  7. Use Commercial Ant Sprays or Powders: If natural remedies and baits are not effective, you can use commercial ant sprays or powders. Follow the instructions carefully, and use them only in areas inaccessible to children and pets.
  8. Maintain Outdoor Landscaping: Trim bushes, trees, and plants away from your home, as ants can use branches as bridges to gain access. Keep your yard tidy, as ants may nest in debris.
  9. Seek Professional Help: If the ant infestation is severe or persistent, consider contacting a pest control professional. They have the expertise and tools to handle challenging infestations safely and effectively.
  10. Prevent Future Infestations: Once you've eliminated the ants, take preventive measures to stop them from returning. Regularly inspect your home for entry points, maintain cleanliness, and consider using ant repellents in problem areas.

Remember that persistence is key when dealing with ants. It may take time to completely eliminate them, so continue your efforts until you no longer see any ant activity.

Common Ant Species in Tigard

Ants are a prolific pest and there are hundreds of species in the United States. Fortunately, the vast majority prefer the outdoor life and don’t generally infest homes or businesses. 

There are several species that do get inside residential and commercial properties. Some are a nuisance and others can cause property damage or contaminate food. 

The most common ant species in our area include: 

  • Argentine ants 
  • Carpenter ants 
  • Fire ants 
  • Odorous house ants 
  • Pavement ants 
  • Pharaoh ants 
  • Thatching ants 
  • Velvety tree ants 

Since some ants can cause structural damage and all ants breed rapidly, it is important to call for ant control service when you notice an ant problem. 

The first step in effective ant control is to identify the species and the extent of the infestation. 

An experienced pest control technician can perform an inspection to determine the best products and methods for eliminating your ant problem. 

See What Your Neighbors Are Saying!

  • “The ants were persistent, but Jay was MORE persistent! Every time I saw an ant I called and he was responsive and helpful.”

    - Danica M.
  • “Great phone communication, and speedy response to my questions with clear answers. They were out here much faster than I was expecting.”

    - Elizabeth H.
  • “Jay is the best. He helped us with an emergency animal control problem a while back - It was wonderful because he was able to make it out the very same day!”

    - Jennifer O.

The Best Ways to Keep Ants Off Your Property

You can help keep ants out by: 

  • Paying extra attention to cleaning – Ants are looking for food and water. You can help discourage them by taking care to keep the house clean, wipe up spills, and wash dishes right away. 
  • Fixing plumbing leaks – Plumbing leaks and drips provide the moisture ants need and the presence of water encourages them to build their nests nearby. Get any small leaks or drips fixed to make your property less inviting. 
  • Sealing small holes and cracks – Sealing small cracks and holes in walls, foundations, and around windows and doors can help keep ants out. 
  • Checking rotted wood – Plumbing leaks and the resulting water damage can cause wood to rot. Ants seek these instabilities to build their colonies. Remove and replace any rotting wood to prevent ants from making themselves at home. 

Ants multiply rapidly, so killing ants when you find them is important for preventing a large infestation. 

If you find ants, call to schedule service as soon as possible. 

Regular pest control services can keep ants in Tigard under control and protect your home from other common household pests. 

Call For Ant Control Service 

If you are having a problem with ants in Tigard, get started by scheduling an ant extermination estimate. Our technician will inspect your property to identify the type of ants that have invaded your property and provide a free quote for ant control services. 

We use proven strategies to get rid of the ants and tips for keeping them out. 

Don’t let ants drive you crazy. Call (503) 664-9094 or contact us online for prompt service and effective ant control solutions. 

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