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Seven Ant-Prevention Tips

May 14, 2020

It can be easy to think that your home is a fortress that nothing and no one can break into. That is until you find ants crawling across your floors and stealing food from your kitchen. How is it that these tiny creatures find their way into even the most secure homes? Are they using some sort of sorcery, or is it that they know something you do not? Today we have some information that should help you better understand ants, along with seven prevention tips you can use to keep them out of your home.

pavement ants infesting a home

Common Ants Around Delaware And What Draws Them To Homes

Many different ant species share Delaware with us. A few common ones you might find in your home are pavement ants, black carpenter ants, acrobat ants, and odorous house ants. Although all slightly different in appearance, all of these species of ants are drawn to homes by the same three things.

  • The first thing ants are drawn to is shelter. In inclement or cold weather, many ants build their nests within the temperature-controlled wall voids of homes. Carpenter ants, in particular, will tunnel through structural wood to construct their colonies. This behavior can cause severe damage to homes, over time, and cost homeowners a substantial amount of money to repair.

  • The second thing ants are drawn to is water. This is often the easiest resource for ants to find. It only takes a slight leak or small source of water build-up in/or around a home for ants to stay properly hydrated.

  • Finally, ants are drawn by available food sources. This could be anything from a few crumbs under your couch to a spill of lemonade in the kitchen. Any food or drink left out could be a quick meal for ants and a reason for them to build a nest in or near your home.

How To Keep Ants Out Of Your Home

Ants are not easy pests to prevent, but with the right knowledge, you might have some luck. Here are seven tips our experts recommend to keep ants out of your Delaware home.

  • Address moisture problems around your home. This involves fixing leaky pipes, repairing broken gutters, and using a dehumidifier where necessary.

  • Repair or replace structural wood around your home that has been softened by water damage, rot, or mold.

  • Use a caulking gun to seal gaps in your home’s exterior, gaps along the edges of window and door frames, and spacing around utility piping leading out of your home.

  • Clean inside your home regularly, making sure not to neglect under large appliances and furniture.

  • When done eating or drinking, store leftovers inside airtight containers and/or bottles.

  • Make sure pet food is stored in airtight containers when not being used.

  • Clean out pet food and water bowls before going to bed each night.

How Professional Ant Control Works

At Green Pest Management, we use high-quality treatments to keep ants out of homes. These treatments involve the application of an ant repellent solution inside and outside your home. This solution works to create a protective barrier that ants cannot cross safely. Reapplied as it wears off, this service can keep your home ant-free year-round. If that is what you are looking for, Green should be your first choice for quality pest control services.
Call us up today to find out more about our pest control services or to schedule your home to be treated for ants. Our team is ready to meet your pest needs.

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