Are Ants In Kansas Infesting Your Home And Property?
Ants are very social insects, which is why they form massive colonies. The trouble comes when these ants decide to form their colonies on your property or worse, head indoors in search of food and water. Homes in Kansas City, Topeka and across Kansas are susceptible to ant infestations especially during the spring and summer when the temperatures are warm and homes are more open.
There are many different types of ants and while most are a nuisance like pavement ants or odorous house ants, some pose more of a threat. There are ants that can sting, some have the ability to spread disease, and some can be classified as wood destroying ants. Carpenter ants in Kansas are capable of causing extensive structural damages because of their habit of carving nests into wood. Not a big problem out in nature but when this activity takes place on your deck or inside of your home, the threat becomes more serious.
Carpenter ant damage is often compared to that of termites. While carpenter ants don’t actually eat wood like termites do, the damages can still be very costly to repair. So, how do you know if those ants crawling around the kitchen searching for food are carpenter ants or just a nuisance ant? Well, often times you can tell carpenter ants from others because they tend to be larger in size. Many nuisance ants are about 1/8 of an inch long whereas carpenter ants are more like 1/2 of an inch in length.
Regardless of size or species, if you are seeing ants in the kitchen, throughout the home, or even if you are seeing a lot of ant activity outside of the home, it is best to call in the Kansas pest control professionals at Schendel Pest Services. Until the colony has been located and eliminated, the ants will continue to come back.
Of course, it is also a good idea to make sure that your home is pest proofed. You can accomplish this by:
Replacing torn window screens
Trimming back branches so they do not touch the side of the home
Sealing off any cracks along the exterior
Making sure that the kitchen stays free of any crumbs or spills that will attract ants.
In a nutshell, ant prevention is all about eliminating food, water and harborage that will keep ants coming back.