Being one of the most spread organisms on the planet, the ants are present in every continent, except Antarctica, and are highly diversified to be able to take advantage of many niche environments all over the world. An ant infestation can lead to many problems including contamination of the food, stings or bites, and structural damage to a home. Getting rid of ants is not an easy task. Pest-proofing your home to make it unappealing and keep ants out is worth the benefits of preventing a possible infestation.
All year round, but especially during spring and summer, the ants emerge in search for food and places where to build new nests. whether it is the inside of a household or the garden, you can easily encounter a swarm of ants in your path.
It may be that you thought you got rid of ants with your previous pest control, but now ants appeared again in your home. Your children have played in the yard and returned with ant bites and even if you try not to leave uncovered foods exposed, ants still continue to appear.
In this case you will have to use products that help prevent the emergence of ants in your household.
We always advise that prevention is better than intervention. One of the best ways of keeping the ants far from your household is preventing the occurrence of an auspicious environment where they can dwell. As they usually visit residences in search for foods, so the most important aspect is keeping the house clean and prepared against the potential visit of unwanted ants.
Prevent occurrence of ants in your household:
- replace weather-stripping around windows and repair loose mortar around the foundation;
- keep kitchen counters clean and store food in sealed containers, especially honey and sugary produce;
- clean the dishes constantly;
- cleaning up any spills or messes that may become a source of food;
- ensure that your bin bags are sealed and that your trash can has a tightly fitted lid, and remember to take out the trash at least every other 48 hours;
- keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry;
- eliminate areas of standing water;
Prevent ant occurrence around the house:
- keep landscaping trimmed and maintained;
- keep gutters and downspouts free of debris or ground water
- periodically check to see if ant nests appeared in your yard or around the house;
- try not to keep trash cans or bags near the house for too long; keep them in dumpsters, tightly sealed;
- replace rotted, water-damaged, and previously Ant-infested wooden parts of the structure.
- remove dead stumps on the property and store firewood off the ground and away from the structure.
The most effective treatments against ants must go deeper than just the surface of their nest. Spraying pesticides will only kill the surface ants, but if the nest is not destroyed, eggs will hatch and a new generation will appear. It is best to use a produce that contains an attractant for the ants and that also has a cascading effect, affecting thus the entire colony within the nest.
Ants can be very effective at infesting homes, contaminating food and damaging structures if left untreated. Eliminating ways for ants to enter the home can seem like a daunting task, but the constant care for your household can keep out other pests that find your home appealing, too.
Being diligent and sealing the small areas through which ants can come into your home can save you a lot of trouble, as ants can easily reach residences which are several levels high. Also, by trimming the trees around your house, you can prevent ants from being able to reach your building.
Ants can be difficult to eradicate. There may only be a few in the house, but they can leave pheromone trails to be followed by their colony-mates. Nests can also be hard to find as ants can travel up to 100 feet in one day, and some ant species forage at night.
Should you suspect an ant infestation is taking place, call a qualified and licensed pest professional to assess the situation and recommend treatment options as it is better to have a professional deal with the situation.