Professional Ant Prevention Tips For Spring Homeowners

5/14/2020

Springtime in Texas sure is a magical time of year. It means beautiful new life everywhere. But it also means a surge in ant populations which, for homeowners, could mean infestations, contamination, and even expensive structural damage.

That is why you need to act quickly if you suspect you have an ant infestation. Knowing a few simple tips and tricks to keep ants away can go a long way in saving you from unwanted repair bills. Prevention is crucial.

Know Your Ants

Here in Texas, three species of ants are most common to home infestations. These are carpenter ants, fire ants, and sugar ants.

  • Carpenter ants grow from 1/4th to ½ of an inch long and are some of the largest ants in the United States. They are generally black in color but may be reddish or yellowish. They have large mandibles capable of chewing through wood.

  • Fire ants grow from 1/16th to 1/5th of an inch in length. They are red in color and their stings are quite painful to humans, often described as a burning sensation, hence the name.

  • Sugar ants grow from 1/15 to over ½ of an inch long. Male sugar ants are completely black. Female sugar ants have orange-colored bodies.

Why Do Ants Enter Homes?

Ants, more often than not, enter a home in search of easy access to food and water, or they may find somewhere in your home to be a good location to build their colony.

  • Carpenter ants build their nests in decaying wood. This could be the structural wood of your home especially if it has suffered water damage. Although they nest in wood, Carpenter ants do not eat wood. Therefore, if carpenter ants have created a nest somewhere behind the walls or under the floors of your home, they too might venture into your living areas in search of food.

  • Fire ants are typically outdoor pests as they prefer warm, sunny areas. However, they have been known to nest behind air conditioners and HVAC units or any area that may be heated. Fire ants will also venture indoors in search of food.

  • Sugar ants will nest both indoors and outdoors. Outdoors, they usually nest in gardens, mulch, or woodpiles. Inside, sugar ants will nest near water sources such as under sinks or near pipes in the walls. Sugar ants will also venture out into your home in search of food.

How To Prevent Ants From Entering Your Home

The most-effective solution to keeping ants out of your home is twofold. You want to take away any potential food sources inside your home, as well as seal off any potential access points.
 
The best ways you can prevent ants from entering your home are to:

  • Store all food in well-sealed plastic containers.

  • Store dog food in well-sealed plastic containers.

  • Keep garbage in well-sealed receptacles.

  • Clean spills from your counter tops and floors.

  • Use door sweeps on exterior doors.

  • Seal holes in the exterior of your home such as around piping or wiring.

  • Check for any water-damaged wood inside your home.

  • Seal cracks in the foundation of your home.

  • Remove clutter from your yard, including leaves and other organic material.

If you follow these tips, you should greatly reduce the odds that your home becomes infested with ants.

The Best Way To Protect Your Home From Ants

While taking the necessary precautions will help to reduce your chances of an ant infestation, the best way to protect your Spring home from ants is to call the pros here at Kingston Pest Control. 
 
At Kingston Pest Control, we have trained pest professionals that will help you eliminate any current infestations you may be dealing with, and will also help to protect you from any future infestations. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Give us a call today.

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