Ants, pest control | keeping ants out of your home
on Sunday, June 16, 2013 by Terminix
One of the largest families of insects, ants, has more than 12,000 species, a few of which are classified as pests that can invade your home and cause problems. Are all ants bad? Why do they try to come in your home and how can you keep them out? When it comes to ants, pest control solutions from professionals are a better alternative than doing it on your own, to keep them where they belong – outside your home.
The detrimental aspects of ants
Ants actually can have a positive impact on the environment by increasing the level of nutrients in the soil, but it’s hard to appreciate this fact when they have invaded your home:
- Ants bite; some can sting; others spray formic acid from the tip of their abdomen
- Ants can infiltrate the pantry and contaminate food
- Some ants have an affinity for electrical fixtures and can cause short circuits by chewing through wires
- Some ants can damage wood and fabrics, causing costly repairs
How and why ants move into your home
Ants enter homes through narrow cracks and tiny holes in a coordinated effort as worker ants leave pheromone trails for other ants to follow. Homeowners also may accidentally carry them into their home in potted plants, firewood or other materials. Ants have two objectives: to find food and to establish a new colony.
Once a new colony has been established, it can grow quickly. In some species, the queen can lay up to thousands of eggs per year. Colonies can consist of thousands of ants that are determined to find food for survival. Spilled food is the “low hanging fruit,” so to speak – these determined pests have been known to chew through plastic bags and cardboard boxes to access stored food. This poses a tough challenge for homeowners because if you don't treat an ant infestation correctly, they just seem to keep coming back.
Ants, pest control: tips for homeowners
Pest control for ants requires taking a proactive approach before signs of ants are evident. Here are some suggestions for home pest control:
- Store unrefrigerated food (including pet food) in plastic, glass, or metal containers with tight-fitting lids
- Wipe up spilled food immediately
- Place potted plants inside larger bowls partially filled with water and a small amount of detergent
- Seal cracks and crevices to prevent ants from entering
- Vacuum frequently
- Store firewood away from the foundation of your home, trim vegetation and prune tree branches so they don’t come into contact with your home
- Limit the number of groundcover plants, decorative wood elements, flagstones and loose bricks to eliminate potential outdoor nesting sites
Terminix® treatments for ants, pest control
If you want protection from household pests, including ants, Terminix® can help. Their Pest Control Plan provides guaranteed protection against 27 of the worst kinds of pests, including ants. This plan—which is backed by the Ultimate Protection® Guarantee, the strongest guarantee in the business includes:
- We start with an evaluation to develop a customized plan.
- An initial service inside your home gets to the pests you see and the pests you don’t.
- The exterior of your home is treated to help prevent new home invasions.
- Regular services create a perimeter around your home that helps keep pests out.
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