Let’s start this off with a bang:
The National Pest Management Association conducted a survey asking pest management professionals what kinds of places they’re most often called to deal with and service ants.
The results? Eighty percent responded: single-family homes.
The kind of home you probably live in.
Whether it’s the fire ant, the odorous house ant, or the Argentine ant, one thing we at EDGE know is how pervasive these tiny home invaders are. And while an ant by itself poses little issue, a trail of ants crossing your kitchen, or crawling over your foot while sitting on the patio can definitely get your attention.
Ants are the most commonly encountered pest in the country, so we figured we’d give you a few tips and tricks to help you keep your ants down, until your EDGE Service Specialist can come and issue the eviction notice.
Outside your home:
Ants were here long before we decided to drop houses full of food and water on top of them. Now that we’re here and we’ve brought everything they want with us, it’s only expected to have to keep them at bay. Much of what you can do to prevent ant invasions starts outside:
- Keep vegetation-free barrier (six to eight inches) around your home’s foundation to remove potential ant nesting locations.
- Fix leaky spickets, hoses, and sprinkler heads, to help reduce excess moisture.
- Rinse out empty soda containers before recycling them, so as to not attract sugar seekers.
- Seal up cracks and crevices along the exterior of your home, especially outside kitchens, garages, and storage areas.
- Ants like plants with honeydew-producing insects, including aphids, and whiteflies. Avoid planting these types of trees and shrubs next to your home, as they can draw undesired pests and activity.
Inside your home
Ants will go anywhere looking for food and water. They don’t care what room it is, they just want what’s in it. Places like kitchens, bathrooms, closets, and bedrooms tend to have food and moisture sources, on the floor, under sinks, in cupboards and pantries, and along pipes and electrical wires. The ants want it, and they’ll come take it. Here’s what to do:
- Store attractive food items, such as sugar, syrup, honey, and pet food, in closed containers that have been washed to remove residues from outer surfaces
- Thoroughly clean up grease and spills
- Remove garbage on a daily basis, and change liners frequently
- Look for indoor nesting sites, such as potted plants
- To stop ants from establishing trails along the structural features of your home – utility wires, pipes, and foundations – to move around your home, openings should be caulked or filled.