How To Prepare Your Yard For The Return Of Summer Ants
April 24, 2019
An ant infestation is one of those problems in life that most homeowners face at one point or another. It doesn’t matter if you live in a mansion or a one bedroom townhouse, if there is a way in, ants will use it. This means ant trails and tiny ant feet carrying away scraps, snacks, and full meals. The reality is if they can lift it, alone or in a group, they will attempt to carry it back to their colony. Of course, you would rather not have ants in your home at all, let alone carrying off any amount of your food.
Why Ants Will Be Colonizing Yards Again Soon
As spring turns into summer, a number of pests will be resurging in population, including ants. Most commonly this starts with an act called swarming. This is where fully mature colonies produce ant swarmers (winged ants). These flying ants will then leave their colony in search of new places to establish new homes. If they establish a home on your property, you can then expect that colony to grow. As it does, worker ants will travel farther and farther from this home base to search for food. If they find this food in your home, you can be certain they will keep returning as long as there is food to find. Our goal is to help you get your home protected against this invasion.
Preparation Steps Homeowners Can Take To Protect Their Home From Ants
When it comes to ant prevention, keep one very important detail in mind. If a scouting ant searches your home for food and finds none, it will then most likely leave, and not return. That being said, your first course of action to keep ants away from your home should be to eliminate potential food sources as much as possible. Here are a few simple ways you can do this.
■ Store leftover food in airtight containers.
■ Reduce moisture around your home. This can be done by fixing leaks and installing dehumidifiers in particularly humid areas of your home.
■ Pick up pet food immediately after feeding your pets. You don’t want to be feeding ants as well.
■ Clean in hard-to-reach areas you may not normally clean such as under stoves, refrigerators, and other appliances where food scraps may have fallen.
Another great way you can keep ants away from your home is by sealing it from the outside. The best way to do this is by taking a caulking gun and filling in any gaps or cracks you find in your home’s exterior foundation and around utility piping. This will block pesky ants and keep them from invading in the first place.
Why Get Professional Treatment From Effective Long-Term Protection
Although the DIY Steps listed above can help in reducing your chances of an ant infestation, they are not perfect. If you are looking for the best and most sure-fire way to keep ants out of your home and off your property as much as possible, we have the solution for you here at Havard Pest Control. Give us a call today for your very own ant protection. One of our highly trained pest control technicians would be happy to set up your defenses against troublesome ants.