There are several measures that you can put into place if you believe that your home is at risk for an ant infestation. Let’s take a closer look at these measures.
Make sure that everything is clean
Ants will often feed on spills and food crumbs, so it’s important to make sure that you clean these up as soon as possible. Even the smallest crumbs or pieces of food will draw foragers into the home, and if these food sources prove to be consistent, the ants will soon start a colony indoors. Ants will also go for food that is inside a garbage can, or out in the open, so it’s important to have the garbage cans lidded and all your food in containers that cannot be accessed by ants. Pet food is also a big draw for these insects, because it is rich in nutrients, so it has to be kept out of reach as well.
What a pro can do for ant prevention methods
To lower the odds of an ant infestation even further, you can hire a pest control pro who will use residual insecticides to keep the ants out of the home. These insecticides are long lasting, and they will prevent almost every insect out there from being able to enter the home.
Other ant repellent products
There are many ant repellent products available on the market for domestic use, but they are not as powerful as the domestic grade residual insecticides. These products will keep ants from foraging in certain areas of the home, but they will not be able to prevent a full blown ant infestation. On top of that, there are certain ant species which will not be deterred at all, such as the carpenter ant. Carpenter ants will build their colonies inside of wood and damage the home, and they will be able to sidestep most repellent procedures, both DIY or professional. These ants have to be removed as quickly as possible because they cause damage to the home, and they can be identified when they are out in the open, because they are much larger than other ants reaching lengths of ½ inch.
If you would like to know more information about how ant infestations are controlled and prevented by a pest control specialist, or if you have an ant infestation that needs to be removed, contact us today.