Florida Ants

Fire Ants:

With over 280 species worldwide, fire ants are a widespread problem throughout the United States, particularly in the South and Southwest. Business and homeowners typically come into contact with the more aggressive species, particularly Red imported fire ants, which were accidentally introduced to the United States in 1918. Because of its humid climate, Florida is a prime location for fire ants to breed. They often infest lawns and properties due to the excess moisture found in grassy areas, which is ideal for their breeding and living requirements.

This makes the pest control services of Tri-S particularly important for business and homeowners throughout the Tampa Bay area and beyond, including Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Largo, and Sarasota. In business since 1984, we have the experience with pest control to know that fire ants can be difficult to eliminate from your property once they have established themselves. An infestation of fire ants in your lawn or anywhere on your property can be not only painful, since their stings cause a burning sensation, but also dangerous and expensive. The insecticidal venom of their stings can cause death in some sensitive individuals, and The Food and Drug Administration estimates that $5 billion is spent each year on medical treatment, property damage, and infestation control. Fire ants can also wreak irreparable damage on the crops and livestock of agricultural centers.

With our Five Star Pest Control Service, we will:

  • Treat the perimeter of your home or business to target the nests of fire ants.
  • Apply dust formulations to the interior of your structure, including attics, basements, bathrooms, and other areas where there is evidence of fire ants.
  • Use a precise combination of traps and baits, structural alterations, and limited pesticide applications to meet the specific needs of your property’s infestation.
  • Best of all, we apply Top Choice® throughout your lawn and plant beds. A single application will rid fire ants from your property for 1 whole year.

With efficient pest control services from Tri-S Service of Tampa, Florida, you can eliminate the wasteful costs and dangers of fire ants from your business and home expenditures. We are experts when it comes to methods of how to kill fire ants, and we will completely eradicate their damaging presence from your property, serving Tampa and the Tampa Bay area.


Carpenter Ants:

Florida carpenter ants are some of the most common pests to affect homes and businesses in the state. In fact, like sugar ants, aka ghost ants, a recent survey showed that carpenter ants accounted for roughly 20 percent of ant related complaints by homeowners. At Tri-S Pest Control Service, we have received numerous calls from residents and business owners in Tampa, Brandon, Lakeland, Clearwater, and throughout Florida, seeking assistance in ridding their home of these pests.

Florida carpenter ants are often mistaken for termites or even black carpenter ants since all of these insects have wings and swarm just like termites. But Florida carpenter ants don’t feast on wood like black carpenter ants and termites; instead they prefer eating sweets and living or dead insects. These ants often place their nests in kitchens, bathrooms, or other rooms prone to having moisture and food sources.

Tri-S Pest Control uses our Five Star Pest Control Service to remove carpenter ants from your home or office, and prevent them from returning. This service:

  • Utilizes two lines of defense which consist of an extensive treatment around the perimeter of your property, as well as an initial treatment of your attic, kitchen and bathrooms
  • Uses the correct combination of baits, traps, dust formulations, and limited pesticides
  • Eliminates the need to repeatedly spray your home or business with chemicals
  • Is convenient to you because you don’t have to be on the property for us to treat your house or office

We have been eliminating carpenter ants from homes and businesses since 1984, and in that time we’ve perfected our methods.


Flying Ants:

Don’t hesitate; the swarming season for flying ants (mid to late spring or summer) and termites (spring) is fast approaching.
Although Tampa pest control specialists like Tri-S know the difference, more often than not, the average person easily confuses flying ants for swarming termites. The confusion is understandable, yet there are differences between the two insects. Flying ants and termites may not be identical but they are both referred to as “alates” by entomologists. Alates refers to the adult stage for termites and flying ants. Termites and flying ants both leave their colonies when the temperature is warm and there isn’t much wind; once they’ve received these cues they usually swarm out to mate and start a new colony.

This is when the differences between termites and flying ants begin. Male and female termites shed their wings and pair up when they find a suitable mate; together they will find a damp piece of wood or soil and build their new colony. With flying ants, the male dies after the female is inseminated and the female searches for a new colony location on her own.

There are also physical differences between flying ants and termites, although the two look practically identical when they swarm. Flying ants have elbowed antennae, their fore wings are larger than their hind wings and they have a constricted waist. Termites have beaded antennae, their fore and hind wings are the same size and they have a broad waist.

Because the two insects are different species, our Tampa pest control company, Tri-S, has distinct ways of eliminating them from your home. With termites we use various termite control methods like the Exterra system which doesn’t just control termites; it eliminates them, as well as the Termidor termite control system which has been used in at least 2.6 million homes in America.

But with flying ants we would use our FIVE STAR Pest Control system in which we:

  • Build a 5 foot ground barrier, as well as treatments on windows, doors and eaves to keep the flying ants at bay
  • Provide your service without you needing to vacate your home
  • Eliminate the need to repeatedly spray chemicals in your home
  • Focus our treatments to the outside of your house so your children and pets are out of harm’s way

Sugar Ants:

Although sugar ants are small, they can be a giant pest when they invade your Tampa home or Clearwater office. They typically make their home in cracks and holes in your kitchen, bathroom, spaces between books, and more. A survey conducted on Florida pest control employees stated that sugar ants are one of the eight key pests in the state. Luckily, Tri-S Pest Control Service is prepared to eliminate these ants and any other pest from your office or household, whether you’re in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Brandon, or elsewhere in Florida.

Actually called ghost ants, these insects were given the nickname of sugar ants, because they typically seek out sugar, cakes and syrups when they’re indoors. But they can also live outdoors inside flower pots and palm fronds, feeding on dead insects until they make their way into your home or office.

Tri-S Pest Control uses our exclusive Five Star Pest Control Service to remove sugar ants from your property, and prevent them from returning.

Contact our Tampa pest control specialists today at (813)936-5850 or 1-800-410-5850 for a free estimate. We look forward to informing you further about flying ants and eliminating them from your property. Don’t hesitate; the swarming season for flying ants (mid to late spring or summer) and termites (spring) is fast approaching. We offer simply superior service, guaranteed!