Ant Pest Control
Household pests come out in full force when the weather starts to warm up in the spring including the most common pests in America, ants. There are many types of ants that can be intrusive to a home such as carpenter ants, odorous ants, pavement ants, pharaoh ants, and fire ants to name a few. While most of these species of ants are just a nuisance, certain species can actually be harmful to those within a household and even destroy property. The best method of ant control is to take preventative actions to keep them out of your home, but if an ant infestation should occur, it is best to contact a professional such as Green T Pest Control.
Just about every home in the United States is susceptible to an ant infestation and it is important to implement good ant control methods because certain species are much more than just a nuisance pest. One such ant species is the odorous ant, named for the coconut or citronella scent they give off when crushed. These ants readily nest indoors and look for all types of sweets and proteins to eat, contaminating food supplies in the process. Carpenter ants can also cause significant damage within a home because they destroy wood by hollowing it out to build their nests. Like odorous ants, they also feed on sweets and proteins. Fire ants pose a different sort of threat with a sting that is very painful to humans.
Ants typically come into homes when the weather warms up looking for food and water sources which makes kitchens especially vulnerable areas. They may also infest areas with excessive moisture such as basements and bathrooms. The best strategy for ant control is to avoid attracting them by keeping these areas clean and food supplies well sealed. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends following these tips to prevent ant infestations:
- Clean up spills and food crumbs
- Keep food supplies well sealed and regularly take out the trash
- Keep pet food and water dishes and the area around them clean
- Locate and seal any possible entry points such as cracks or holes on your home’s exterior
- Locate and fix holes or gaps in window and door screens
- Check the foundation and windows for loose mortar or worn weather stripping
- Keep tree branches and shrubbery trimmed back from the house
Homeowners should be practicing these methods of ant control even if there is no sign of an infestation because ants can infest a home quickly. If your home does get infested despite following these measures, contact Green T Pest Control. Our technicians will eliminate the ants and apply insecticide injections into entry points to prevent future infestations.