You see one or two red or black specks, so you smash them. A little while later, you see that long trail leading from some random spot directly into your home – you’ve got ants.
These little critters can enter your home in some fairly unique ways given their small size, and when it comes to fire ants or crazy ants, that can be a serious problem. Before you run screaming from your home when these invasive creatures try to take over, the best way to handle infestation is to take the proper steps now to prevent it in the first place.
Keep Things Clean
Cleanliness is one of the best ways to prevent ants, especially in the kitchen. These critters love any kind of food, especially sugary options. Make sure that all potential food sources are cleared away, and use airtight, sealable containers for those bags and cartons of food items that you normally just chuck into the cabinet – rolling down the tops or folding them will not help! They have to be sealed to make sure the ants can’t get to them. You will also want to wipe down all surfaces used for food, including the insides of your cabinets.
You should sweep and clean your floors often, especially if something is dropped or spilled. Simply wiping it up won’t always get all of the residue, and that will attract ants as well. Also, make sure your trash bins are stored away from your home. One of the quickest ways to have ants inside is to keep your trash cans right outside a door.
Make sure that there are no areas where water collects, even wiping down the counters with a sopping rag can leave behind enough moisture to attract the ants. Once they find a water source, they tend to stay close by and that quickly leads to an infestation.
Fire ants can pose a serious risk to children, pets, anyone who is sleeping and those that are bed-ridden. When the temperatures get hot, they often move indoors to find moisture and food, and if you see a few, it could mean a serious infestation in your walls.
The best way to prevent fire ants is to make sure that you treat any mounds that are near your home. There are both mound treatments and two-step methods that may be useful. However, if you want to ensure that you are not using chemicals that may be harmful to pets and children, you need to contact a professional pest control specialist.
Crazy ants are one of the latest pests entering homes, and as their name suggests, they are a little on the crazy side. These ants pour into homes through any available crack, crevice and even electrical outlet. In some cases, they are packed so tightly together they resemble dirt piles – at least until they move. These ants can eat through electrical wires and cause significant damage to your home and the environment. They also have an acidic chemical that they produce that protects them from fire ant venom, which is why they are beating out their cousins – and even taking over their mounds while they still live in them! This means that what should be assisting with controlling their numbers isn’t working, and that can be a major problem for you.
The best way to prevent crazy ants is to make sure you aren’t transporting them with items you are bringing from other areas. Once they’ve arrived, however, you need to contact a licensed pest control specialist to help you tackle the problem. These hardy creatures tend to rebound, especially if the infestation isn’t handled properly. Fischer Environmental has many years of experience handling the pest problems in our area, and can help you get back to enjoying your home that is ant-free!
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