Ant Prevention, What Works And What Doesn't
May 9, 2017
The ants go marching one by one. Hurrah! Hurrah! Did you ever notice, in this children's song, that the ants marching down into the ground are being cheered on by the singers? Why would anyone cheer about ants marching down into the ground? Maybe it is because the ants are NOT marching into their houses. If the song talked about ants marching through your walls into kitchens and pantries, then there probably wouldn't be much cheering or singing going on. If you agree that ants marching into your home is nothing to sing about, here are three helpful tips to keep them out.
Seal up exterior walls. Carefully inspect the outside of your foundation and walls for even the tiniest gaps or cracks, and seal them up using a caulking gun. Pay close attention to any area where an item enters your home, such as wires, pipes, air conditioning units, etc. It doesn't take a very big hole for a tiny ant to squeeze through.
Remove smells. Seal all exterior trash in garbage cans with tight-fitting lids. And wash those cans when they get soiled. It doesn't take much of an odor to draw ants and other pests in close to your home.
Store the food in your home either inside the fridge or in tightly sealed plastic, glass, or other sealable containers. This will keep smells in and ants out. Also, a clean house will go a long way in keeping ants at bay. If a scout ant gets in and finds nothing, then other ants will not be following.
But what if you already have ants invading your home?
If you already have an ant invasion, be aware that there are many do-yourself remedies that may seem to work for a time but, ultimately, won't get rid of your ant problem. In fact, some of these things may only make matters worse. When an ant colony feels threatened it can split into multiple colonies. This is called budding. Or you may cause the ants to retreat for a time, and think your problem is fixed, only to have a mob of ants appear again.
If the ants you are dealing with are simply nuisance ants, such as pavement ants, you may not need to worry too much about your home being damaged. But if you have destructive ants, such as carpenter ants, then you have a whole lot more to worry about as these ants can eat away at a structure and weaken it from the inside out.
Having ants in your home is nothing to sing about. If you are dealing with ants, the best course of action is to seek professional assistance. Don't put up with annoying ants, or home-destroying ants. Let the professionals here at Allgood Pest Solutions take care of your ant problem for you.