Ants

Ants do not pose any immediate threat to humans and are in most cases just plain annoying.

Living in colonies, they travel back and forth taking food and water to the nest, though they cause problems primarily when they forage in buildings for food or water and when they construct nests in buildings and gardens.

As we all know all ants are fond of sweet substances, and during the summer months they are also drawn to water sources – meaning that they will find your kitchen bench and sink a delightful place to visit.

Ants often move nest sites when disturbed, or with a change in food supply. This can make control and removal of ants difficult. They may leave for short periods only to return later when a new food source is located and they can recolonise from nearby nests very quickly. In order to effectively combat ants you will need a constant eradication program which will go back to the nest itself.

Few ant problems are solved without chemical control of some kind, but there are some non-chemical control measures which you can take to minimize your problem.

 

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Few ant problems are solved without chemical control of some kind, but there are some non-chemical control measures which you can take to minimize your problem.

Inside:

  1. Make food inaccessible to the insects: Store food in tight-fitting containers, such as mason jars or Rubbermaid containers.
  2. Clean all surfaces in the kitchen and keep the floors cleaned and vacuumed to get up anything that ants could use for food.
  3. Rinse any food containers before disposing of them in the garbage.
  4. Caulk any cracks through which ants could enter your house from the outside.

Outside:

  1. Check your house from the outside to make sure there are no cracks or holes through which ants could enter your house.
  2. Remove anything around your house that could serve as a nesting site for ants such as lumber, firewood, or any excess debris.
  3. Be aware that heavy ground cover such as ivy and thick mulch provide a perfect nesting site for ants. If ants are a problem for you, you may need to consider replacing these with something less inviting to ants.
  4. Keep branches of trees and shrubs from touching the siding of the house. They provide an easy way for the ants to get up high on your siding where they may find a way of getting inside.

There are many different species of ant which can become pests. If you need help getting rid of ants, call us. We will ID the particular ant you are seeing and then do a thorough inspection. We will then tailor a control program to your particular situation.

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