Keeping Your Chandler, AZ Home Ant-Free in 2019
Just because the weather is changing, doesn’t mean we can put our guard down in regards to ant problems. These pests can remain active inside our Chandler, Arizona homes throughout the year, and why not? It’s a great place to live! Seriously though, the weather conditions here are ideal for ants to flourish during all four seasons of the year.
Ants primarily get into homes while they are foraging for food for the members of their colonies. They are attracted to food crumbs, dirty dishes, and residue found on food-preparation surfaces. Once inside, they will develop colonies in wall voids and under floors. Their colonies are made up many of members which are broken down into four categories; drones, workers, swarmers, and a queen
Ants are generally regarded as nuisance pests, except in the case of carpenter ants which can cause serious structural damage. You probably don’t want any variety of ant cohabitating with you inside your home, especially when they invade in large numbers. To protect your Chandler, AZ home from an ant invasion, you can try a few DIY tips.
- Use a sealant to block tiny cracks and crevices in your foundation.
- Prevent moisture by fixing leaky faucets and pipes immediately.
- Clean your floors and food surfaces regularly to prevent pheromone trails.
- Take care of food and drink spills right away.
- Take out your trash on a regular basis.
- Trim back vegetation that comes into contact with the exterior of your home.
Some over-the-counter ant control products can actually make matters worse by causing ants to separate from their original nest to start new colonies.
Like many pests, ants are hard to get rid. Just one colony can host up to 500,000 members! They also live longer lives than many other insect pests. The worker ants can live up to 7 years and the queens can live up to 15. Another aspect about ants is that the different varieties require different types of treatments. Odorous house ants, for example, will require a specific treatment that will not work for carpenter ants, and vice versa.
For year-round residential pest control in Chandler, Arizona, you can count on the professionals at Schendel Pest Services for ant prevention and eradication. Give us a call to find out more about how we can keep your home ant-free in 2019.