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The Ants Go Marching One by One

Ants are the number one nuisance pest in the United States. Ants enter your home this time of year seeking shelter and foraging for protein, grease or sweet based foods.

Here are a few interesting ant facts: Ants are social insects that live in colonies. A colony consists of three different types of ants: the queen, the female workers and males. The queen is the only ant that lays eggs. The males and the queen have wings, the workers do not.

TIPS ON ANT CONTROL FOR YOUR HOME AND YARD

Clean
Clean any messes you’ve made, especially in the bathroom and kitchen. Scrub ant entrances and trails with soap and water. Ants leave an invisible pheromone trail to signal other ants that they have found a good source of food. It is important to remove any trails or food sources so the ants do not return.

Dehydrate
Ants need moisture to survive. There are a few simple tricks to remove moisture from your home. Check your gutters and spouts to make sure water is flowing away from your home. Fix any leaking pipes or fixtures. Last, run a dehumidifier inside your home to reduce any moisture.

Seal
Ants can access your home through even the smallest cracks and crevices. You won’t be able to find them all but take the time to find as many as possible. Seal any potential entry points using caulk or other materials. You can purchase door and window seals at the hardware store.

Remove any Attractants
Do not leave any open food items on counter tops or in cabinets. Pet food should be sealed in containers. Also, take out trash regularly.

HOW CAN YOU GET RID OF ANTS?

Once you’ve taken steps to remove attractants and prevent ants from entering your home, you can implement a treatment plan. Treatment plans should include killing the entire colony. One colony can include millions of ants! Just spraying an ant with a typical ant spray, particularly a repellent spray will only kill a few at best and scatter the colony. You may want to seek professional help from a pest control company.

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