Ants, ants, ants!  Probably one of the biggest nuisances around that's hard to control.  Ants can find their way into your home in a variety of ways including bridging into your home over plants, trees, and other objects that lean against the building.  Ants are social in nature that build and expand their colonies.  An ant colony, depending on the species, can be anywhere from a few thousand to even millions of ants. 

Ants are especially attracted to anywhere where there is food.  They love sweet foods and pet food and make their way in through cracks and crevices.  This is where infestations happen and cause a problem. 

How to treat against ants

When treating against ants the first order of business is to stop the food source or access to the food source.  Next, we perform an inspection to see where the ants are coming from.  The best way to do this is to follow the ant trails.  Once we locate the colonies we can treat in one of 2 ways. 

  1. Baits - Baits attract ants because they think it's food.  They will then take it back to the colony and spread it around until it ultimately reaches the queen.  When the queen takes it it leads to the death of the colony.
  2. Non Repellants - Ants can't detect non repellants so applying it at the entrance of the colony means it will be carried back and eventually lead to the queen.

When using bait homeowners will initially see an increase in ants.  This can be frustrating but it's actually a good thing because it means it's working.  More ants are drawn in leading them to bring the repellant back to the colony where it's spread around.  Normally within 10 to 14 days you should see results. 

Preventative Measures:

  • Keep food sealed in air tight containers and clean up any spilled food
  • Keep bushes and trees trimmed
  • Seal cracks and crevices
  • Install screens over any vents

If you're having ant problems give us a call and let us spring into action for you today.  We'll devise a customized and detailed approach to deal with the ants and make sure they don't return. 

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