Your Guide To Spring And Summer Ant Control
Of all the common household pests that invade homes, ants are one of the most common. The varieties of food preferences are many and must be identified to effectively aid in ant control and prevention. The different types of food range from starches and sweets to meats and fats. Other ants also feed on honeydew produced by aphids and scale insects.
It is also beneficial to be aware of the many nesting habits of ants. Some ant nests are found in soil while others find nesting places inside the house behind moldings, baseboards and under countertops. This additional knowledge of the ant will be helpful in knowing how to get rid of ants.
It has been said that there are more than 700 different species of ants with some estimates reaching the thousands. However, only a few actually invade homes and businesses. The more common ants are the pharaoh ant, carpenter ant, crazy ants, odorous ants, pavement ants and fire ants. Of all the ants that frequent homes, the carpenter ant is the one variety that causes structural damage and must be dealt with immediately.
One can safely assume that the reason ants come into the house in the spring and summer is due to foraging for food. Kansas City pest control specialists agree that eliminating sources of food is the most effective means of prevention. The more preventive steps one takes, the less infestation occurs. It is difficult to eradicate ants once a heavy infestation takes place. This is only accomplished when the actual nest colony is found and completely eliminated.
There are many simple tips one can follow to discourage ants from invading homes and businesses. The first step is in eliminating sources of food and water. This begins with proper food storage. Always place leftover food in sealed containers. Thoroughly clean countertops, cupboards, cabinets and other kitchen surfaces. Be sure to clean under the sink, stove and refrigerator, keeping in mind that only a small particle of food or sticky drink can attract hundreds of ants.
Inspect the exterior of your home, looking for any points of entrance. Caulk around all windows, doors and utility line entrances. Watch for ant trails and follow the trail of ants back to their nest colony. The queen ant stays in the ant colony and the entire nest or colony of ants must be destroyed or there will be repeat infestations.
While there are many over the counter chemicals and even several home remedies, the surest way of total eradication is to contact Schendel Pest Services for proper removal and management of all residential and commercial pests.