Facts about ants and how to prevent them
If you find an ant in your home, chances are good you will find more. Ants are social insects, which means they will always bring their friends to the party.
Ants can enter your home for any number of reasons, but for the most part, they are searching for food. Your home just happens to be conveniently located to where a queen decided to set up her colony. Just like us, ants have to eat to survive. They also have to feed their young. They don’t mean to bother you or cause distress.
Your home is a possible food and water source. It can also provide protection from outside elements, thus serving as a potential location for new colonies when they're ready to expand. Obviously you'll want to do your best to prevent this invasion and colonization from happening whenever you can.
Unfortunately, ant control isn't always an easy fix. Sometimes, ant infestations have nothing to do with how clean or dirty your home is. Your home could just be an inadvertent haven for ants. This can create problems for you as a homeowner as the late spring and early summer nuptial flights take place. Large swarms of winged ants set out to start new colonies, sometimes right in the comfort of your own walls.
Other scenarios can be easy to fix. Get rid of any ants that you see crawling around. Wipe down the area where the ants traveled with a regular kitchen disinfectant wipe to remove their scented trails. Ants that have never been in your home can follow this trail directly to the food sources previous visitors have found thanks to these trails.
Other things you can do to deter ants is storing food properly. Keep food in airtight containers, always wipe things down to remove the “invisible” residue of food you may have left behind. Sweeping and vacuuming floors consistently will help remove crumbs that can attract ants and other critters.
Sometimes, it’s not as easy as removing scent trails and keeping food cleaned up and stored properly.
With these steps, you’ll be utilizing effective ant prevention methods. However, there are some cases where your house will still have them roaming around.
Sometimes you need professional help to identify the type of ant and find their colonies home. To help protect your home against invading ants, contact DM Pest Control today for top-notch ant extermination services!
We’re professionals in ant extermination and will work with you to ensure your home is ant free.