Spring is officially here and with it comes one of the most persistent warm-weather pests—ants. As temperatures get warmer and warmer, we would like to warn local homeowners that America’s number one nuisance pest will invade homes in search of food. While most ants present problems in pantries and kitchens, some can deliver painful bites while others can cause significant property damage. According to a survey from the National Pest Management Association, more than half of consumers list ants as their top pest concern.
Ants are especially drawn to the kitchen and their sheer numbers can be daunting. They are most likely to invade New England homes in the spring but eliminating food sources can help keep them at bay.
Of all the ant species in the U.S., carpenter ants are ones that can pose the most risks for homeowners. Carpenter ants excavate wood in order to build their nests, which can compromise a home’s structural soundness. With more than 700 species of ants in the U.S., many of which create huge colonies, prevention is the key to an ant-free home.
Although ants can be difficult to control once they have entered a home, the following preventative measures can play a major role in helping to avoid infestations:
- Wipe up crumbs and spills immediately
- Store garbage in sealed containers and remove from the home frequently
- Keep food packages closed or sealed and store products in air-tight containers
- Avoid leaving food out on the counter or pet food out on the floor for long periods of time
- Repair holes or gaps in window and door screens
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes
- Keep tree branches and shrubbery well-trimmed and away from the house
- Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows
If you suspect an ant or any pest infestation in your home, contact a NW Pest Control for a full home inspection. We can often inspect, identify, treat the same day.