Keep Ants Out of Your Home This SummerIn Summer on June 13, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Written by admin
Ants are perhaps the most common and widespread pests in America and with the transition into the summer season, ants are sure to start invading homes across the country. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is now starting to inform homeowners of proactive steps they can take to prevent ants from invading their homes as the weather heats up.
“When the weather warms, ants often march inside homes in search of food and water sources,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “They most frequently infest kitchens, but homeowners can also find them in cooler spaces like bathrooms, basements, and around air conditioning units.”
There are many species of ants, most of which are no more than a nuisance pest. However, there are a few species that can actually threaten the health and property of a household. These species include odorous ants, fire ants, and carpenter ants. Odorous ants can contaminate food, fire ants have a sting that is quite painful, and carpenter ants tunnel through wood to build their nests which can cause serious property damage.
Henriksen cautions that “to prevent these unwelcome visitors from causing more than just a nuisance, homeowners must take a few proactive steps both inside and outside the home to eliminate ant harborage sites.”
The following are tips provided by the NPMA to help prevent ant infestations:
- Clean up all crumbs and spills
- Keep food sealed and regularly empty your trash
- Keep pet food and water dishes clean and wipe up spilled food
- Seal cracks, holes, and any potential entry points on the outside of your home
- Fix any holes or gaps in your window and door screens
- Replace weather stripping and fix loose mortar around the foundation and windows
- Make sure tree branches and shrubbery are trimmed and kept away from the house
- Contact Green T Pest Control at the first sign of an infestation