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Pest Control Services

Ant Removal in Naples, FL

Rodent Control, Ants

Chad came by and completely addressed our issues.  He was professional and knowledgeable.  I would definitely recommend Kish to my neighbors.

Matt W,

It pays to be vigilant against ants. They outnumber us at every turn, so it’s best to defeat them before they harm us, our property, our children, or our pets. 

The ant control experts at Kish Pest Control take a proven, multi-pronged approach to help you take back your home or business from an ant infestation.

Ant Control Services

Free Site Inspection

Three-Step Ant Extermination

Free Callbacks

Rat Damage Repair

Ants, like Floridians, thrive in tropical and subtropical settings. They become a nuisance pest when they cause structural damage, contaminate food, and create unsightly mounds in lawns and landscapes. Some species bite. Ant extermination often means using a variety of pest control methods.

Rat Control in Naples and Southwest Florida – What Is It?

Roof rats and Norway rats are the most common, most destructive rodents in Florida. What makes them successful survivors – their adaptability – are what causes humans the most pain. And they reproduce fast!

Rats are widespread, they adapt to human infrastructure, and they love our food and garbage. 

They attack important Florida citrus and fruit crops. They damage and contaminate our living spaces. Unfortunately, the diseases they can carry are serious, they’ve got fleas, and the structural damage they cause can be expensive and hard to fix. Most of all, they’re persistent. 

We know this: Kish Pest’s rat exterminator calls have been growing in frequency. We know they’re a growing problem. But we can help. 

Kish Removes Ants – Serving Naples, Lee County, and Collier County

Free Site Inspection for Your Home or Building

The first step is to understand where the rats are, where they’re coming from, and where they’re likely to go. We thoroughly investigate your interior and exterior:

We identify rat harborage (nesting) sites, runways, and entry points

We identify additional indoor and outdoor hiding spots, such as thick vegetation, debris, or clutter

We find conditions that could support a rat population, such as available food and water

We document where they’ve caused damage

We customize an effective rat control plan that protects non-target people and pets

Free Site Inspection

Understanding the biology and behavior of ants is crucial for successful ant extermination. Your ant exterminator from Kish starts with a thorough investigation of your property. We’ll identify the problem ant species, find where they’re nesting, and what they are using as food sources. 

We’ll provide a free, no-obligation written estimate that outlines a custom plan of action, so you know what needs to be done and how much it’ll cost.

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Three-Step Ant Extermination

Ant extermination typically involves a combination of chemical treatments and physical barriers. Your targeted ant control program can be summarized in three steps:

  1. We treat the perimeter of your property with a repellent liquid or granular insecticide to create a barrier against ants.
  2. We broadcast bait that targets your specific ant problem.
  3. We treat indoor and outdoor ant harborage sites, including ant mounds and ant trails.

Ant control doesn’t end at extermination. Your customized plan of action may also include post-extermination services such as:

    • Sealing entry points to prevent future ant invasions
    • Sanitation of areas where food particles might be found
    • Moving or removing plants and honeydew-producing insects that attract ants
  • Reporting potential harborage sites, such as piles of wood or debris, or moisture sources such as leaks and condensation

Please keep children and pets away from freshly treated areas.

Free Callbacks

You’ll start seeing results immediately following a visit from your Kish ant exterminator. However, it can take a few days for large ant populations to be eradicated. If you continue to see ants a week after our visit, call us back for a free retreatment.

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Signs of Rat Infestation


Ant Trails

If you notice well-defined trails of ants moving back and forth in a consistent pattern, it's a clear sign of an ant infestation. These trails are often seen along walls, floors, or other surfaces, and they indicate the ants' foraging path between their nest and food sources.


Ant Nests

Ant nests can vary in appearance depending on the species, but they are typically located in soil, cracks, crevices, or hidden areas like wall voids. Look for small mounds of soil, debris, or sawdust-like materials near the nest site. Placing attractive materials, such as jelly, oils, or protein-based substances, can help draw large numbers of ants, allowing you to follow them back to their nest. This method can be particularly effective in locating hard-to-find indoor nests.


Accumulation of Ants

If you consistently spot a large number of ants in your home or business, especially in kitchen or pantry areas, it suggests an infestation. Pay attention to areas where food and water are available, as these are attractive to ants in search of sustenance.


Damaged or Contaminated Food

If you discover chewed or punctured food packaging, small debris or ant parts in food containers, or trails leading to food sources, it's a clear indication of an ant infestation.


Wood Damage

Certain ant species, such as carpenter ants, leave their mark on wood structures. Look for hollow-sounding wood, small openings or frass (sawdust-like material) near wooden structures, or weakened wood that crumbles easily.

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If you see live or dead rats during the daytime, call for help immediately

Live rats are proof of rat infestation. If they’re venturing out during the day, it’s typically because there is a very large population in need of food. You’ll need professional tools and tactics to handle rat control

If dead rats are visible, your rat exterminator will determine if there is disease, poisoning, or other reason. They’ll suggest a course of action depending on what they find.

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Pharaoh Ants

Yellowish ants are known for their ability to infest buildings. They seek warm, dark, and moist places.

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White-Footed Ants

Small brown or reddish-brown ants with distinctive pale-colored feet. They form large, interconnected colonies with multiple queens.

Multiple termites eating wood.

Argentine Ants

Small brown ants that form large colonies and are often found indoors

Multiple termites eating wood.

Ghost Ants

Tiny, pale-colored ants that can be difficult to see. Often found in kitchens and bathrooms.

Multiple termites eating wood.

Carpenter Ants

Large black ants are known for their ability to build nests in wood. They can cause structural damage to buildings and homes.

Multiple termites eating wood.

Rover Ants

Named for their characteristic behavior of quickly moving or “roving” around when foraging for food. Particularly common in urban areas, where they effectively invade homes due to their adaptable nature and tendency to form multiple satellite colonies.

Multiple termites eating wood.

Fire Ants (both native and imported)

Aggressive red ants that can deliver a painful sting. They swarm and can deliver multiple stings. Their mounds can damage lawns, gardens, and landscapes, often disrupting agricultural operations.

Multiple termites eating wood.

Crazy Ants

Fast-moving ants found indoors and outdoors, known for their erratic behavior.

Multiple termites eating wood.

Thief Ants

Small ant species known for their scavenging behavior and tendency to steal food from other ant colonies.

Multiple termites eating wood.

Acrobat Ants

Fast-moving ants found indoors and outdoors, known for their erratic behavior.

Multiple termites eating wood.

Big-headed Ants, or Pyramid Ants

Named for their distinct pyramid-shaped mounds that they construct in sandy soil. Known for their aggressive behavior, swarming to defend their nests and displaying territorial tendencies.

What to expect when you call Kish

To start getting ant control services today, contact us to set up the time and date of your initial visit. Then you’ll be on your way to a rat-free home or building:

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A Kish Pest control professional spraying for pests inside a home that has Kish Pest control services.

Free Inspection and Free Estimate

We’ll investigate your property to identify problem sites where ants are, or where they’re likely to be. We’ll provide you with a free written estimate that includes a plan of action and a breakdown of cost.

Your ant exterminator from Kish provides safe, effective ant control.

Your licensed technician will eliminate ants according to your ant control plan of action. 

Follow-up services.

Your ant control plan may include post-extermination services such as indoor or outdoor sanitation, landscape maintenance, and sealing ant entry points. We’ll include any recommendations to maintain an ant-free property.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of home-use ant treatments are there?

Ant Baits: Ant baits are an effective way to deliver toxicants directly to the nest. Baits exploit the foraging and nestmate feeding behaviors of ants, ensuring that the toxicant is distributed throughout the colony, including the queen and brood. Baits are available in various forms, such as granules, liquids, gels, and tamper-resistant containers.

Residual Insecticide Sprays: Residual insecticide sprays can provide temporary relief from invading ants by creating a chemical barrier around your home. Ants that cross the barrier will eventually die, preventing further infestations. However, these sprays do not address the root cause of the problem – the ant nest.

Granular and Gel Baits: Granular baits can be useful for treating large areas, while gel baits are effective crack-and-crevice treatments. Granular baits can be broadcast in the landscape or used as individual mound treatments, while gel baits are ideal for targeting specific indoor ant trails.
Regular ant control measures, including seeking help from an exterminator when needed, can help keep your property free of pests and protect your health and safety.

Why do ants like honeydew so much?

You’re probably thinking of the sweet melon, but when ant control experts refer to honeydew, they’re likely referring to a kind of insect secretion. Ants have a mutualistic relationship with certain insects, such as aphids and scale insects, that excrete excess sugars as honeydew. Ants protect these insects from predators and parasites, and in exchange, are rewarded with access to the sugar-rich secretions on the insects’ bodies. The ants feed on the honeydew as a source of energy and nutrients. Sometimes they’ll even move aphids and other insects to new feeding locations so they eat more plant sap and produce more honeydew.

What is this sawdust-like stuff I keep finding?

Frass is waste produced by insects, particularly wood-boring insects like termites or carpenter ants. It consists of digested wood fibers, excrement, and other debris. Frass often resembles sawdust or small, granular particles and is typically found near the entrance or exit holes of infested wood or in the vicinity of insect activity. The presence of frass can be a sign of an active infestation and is commonly used as a diagnostic indicator by pest control professionals to identify wood-damaging insect activity.

Which ants bite?

Many ant species bite as a form of defense, such as fire ants, bullet ants, army ants, harvester ants, and bulldog ants. In Southwest Florida, fire ants are the most likely source of painful, burning ant bites. They tend to swarm, and their stings leave painful, itchy welts that can last hours or days.

Severe allergic reactions to ant bites require emergency medical care. 

Allergic or systemic reactions include intense itching, hives (urticaria), flushed or pale skin, dizziness, nausea, difficulty breathing, and swelling in the face, lips, tongue, or throat. Severe reactions can lead to anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention.

What are some natural remedies for ant control?

Cleanliness and Sanitation: Keep your home clean and free of food crumbs and spills, Wipe down surfaces regularly, store food in airtight containers, and promptly clean up any spills.
Vinegar: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray it along ant trails, entry points, and areas where they gather. Repeat this daily to deter ants.
Citrus Peels: Save and place citrus peels, such as those from lemons or oranges, near ant entry points, windowsills, or other areas of ant activity. The strong scent can help repel ants.
Cinnamon: Sprinkle cinnamon powder near entry points and areas where ants are seen. Ants dislike the smell of cinnamon and will try to avoid it.
Borax and Sugar Bait: Create a bait using a mixture of equal parts borax and sugar. Place small amounts of the mixture in shallow dishes or along ant trails. The ants will be attracted to the sugar but will carry the borax back to the colony, ultimately affecting their population.
Peppermint Oil: Mix a few drops of peppermint oil with water and spray it in areas where ants are present or along their trails.

Learn More About Ants and Ant Control in SW Florida

Ant Social Structure and Life Cycle

Ants are social insects, with colonies consisting of workers (sterile females), queens (reproductive females), and males. Workers perform various tasks, including constructing and defending the nest, feeding the colony members, and foraging for food and water. Queens are responsible for reproduction and can live for many years. Males, on the other hand, have a sole purpose of mating with the queen and die shortly after.

Ants undergo a four-stage life cycle: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Worker ants feed the larvae, which then molt into pupae. Pupae eventually emerge as adult ants, and the colony continues to grow in size and numbers.

Foraging Behavior and Food Preferences

Ants have diverse food preferences They seek a variety of food sources including sweet substances like honeydew (a sugar-rich substance secreted by insects), proteins, oils, seeds, and insects. Scouts locate food sources and leave pheromone trails, which other ants follow to the food source. To find water, ants will travel considerable distances if necessary. 

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