Keeping Ants Out of Your Home
Because of their small size and persistence, ants are a frequent nuisance for many homeowners. Treating an infestation can be time-consuming and costly, which is why it’s so important to learn ant problem prevention tips! Ants require food, water, and shelter, and denying them these three things is the key to ensuring that a home will not be a target for an ant infestation. Keep reading for Western Exterminator of Las Vegas’ top tips on keeping ants out of your home.
Tips to Keep Ants Away
The first, and perhaps easiest, ant problem prevention measure to take is to keep a clean house. Ants will scavenge for the tiniest particles of food and ensuring that leftovers are not kept out overnight is not enough. Counters and dishes should be wiped down and spills should be wiped up with soapy water as soon as possible. Besides keeping the environment clean for humans, this also ensures that any chemical trails laid will be washed away, preventing ants from returning.
Since ants often come indoors seeking water, leaks and drips should be fixed around the house. Not only does this keep thirsty ants away, but it keeps water damage from occurring and leading to an inviting environment for ants to nest. Certain ant species can and will nest in the instabilities that form in walls, floors, and building foundations from water damage. Keeping an eye out for these damaged areas and removing them removes a potential nesting site for ants. Sealing cracks in walls and foundations is another way to keep ants away ensures that ants cannot enter a home.
Preventing Ants Outdoors
Some ants nest in rotted wood, and so both wooden structures in the home and trees surrounding a home should be checked. Any dead portions should be removed, and foliage should as a rule be kept trimmed back from a home in order to keep ants away. Any nests noticed outside should be treated to keep them from spreading indoors. Certain species of ants are capable of multiplying rapidly, expanding their nests into mega colonies with multiple queens. These interconnected nests can take up a large amount of territory and need a lot of food. By knowing how to keep ants out by preventing them outdoors, you can avoid getting them inside your home.
Keeping Ants Out of Your Home Year-Round
If ants are seen indoors they should be killed immediately. Ants send scouts ahead to search for food, water, and potential nesting sites. Killing these scouts ensures that any information about food or water in a home does not make it back to the nest.
Prevention may be the best means of dealing with ants but it is not foolproof. If an infestation occurs, a licensed pest control professional should be called. At Western Exterminator, our team can control any active infestation and help you learn how to keep ants away for good.
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