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Tips for Ant Control

Ants can be a major problem anywhere. Whether it’s a ground floor apartment, a country home, or even a house in the city, ants have a way of invading a home in force. If you need to know how to get rid of ants, then you want to do a little research to get the knowledge you need. While an exterminator may end up being necessary, most of the time a few basic ant traps and some smart prevention measures can help.

The first step is also understanding that there are several different types of ants. You want to learn the most common types of ants in your area so you know what methods will be the most effective in getting rid of your particular ant infestation.  Being a specialized ant control Boise Idaho company we’ll help you get rid of your unwanted pests, but if you are a Do It Yourself type here are some tips on how you can tackle the problem yourself and keep them out of the house.

Carpenter Ants
You are going to notice a large group of carpenter ants. This is because carpenter ants are among the largest in the United States and can grow up to a full 13mm in length. They love meats and sugars, and are large enough to even prey on other insects.

Look around your property for signs of ants in old, damp, wet, or rotting wood. Whether inside or out, carpenter ants prefer to make their home within wood. If you see these signs, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with carpenter ants.

You need to find the main nest and get rid of it. The best prevention is making sure that any wood on your property, whether an old out building, stump, or damaged wood on your house, you need to get it fixed as quickly as possible before an infestation occurs.

Pavement Ants
pavement ants look a lot like carpenter ants, but they tend to be much smaller. These can range in size from 1.5 mm to 4.0 mm in size. These black ants can also be dark brown in shape or color and not just black. They are extremely common throughout the U.S. and like to set up colonies in dark areas.

They like a wide variety of different foods and can be attracted by sugar, vegetable remains, corn based foods, greasy and oily foods. In other words, these small pavement ants are very easy to attract and chances are if you see a lot of small pavement ants you’re dealing with actual pavement ants over carpenter ants.

The first thing you can do is make sure you wipe counters and never leave foods out. Clean up spills just to make sure that there’s no trace of food around. Beware of leaks, as water can attract them in dry climates, as well.

Odorous House Ants

Odorous house ants can include a wide variety of ants and range from as small as 2 mm to as large as 15 mm. If you’re seeing winged ants, there’s a good chance you’ve stumbled upon a odorous house ant infestation. They tend to especially become active in the dusk and evening hours.

Odorous house ants are all about reliable sources of food. Get rid of these and you’ll have all the information you need to get rid of odorous ants from your home.

Discouraging Kitchen & Bathroom Ants

Ants tend to show up in two rooms in particular: the kitchen and the bathroom. The water from the bathroom attracts them, and explains why they’re drawn into that room. Ant traps by the corners of the walls or any obvious cracks can help take care of that.  If you have small children and pets please be cautious and read the product label before use. It also helps to dry up any loose water after a shower or bath with a spare towel to sop up the water that might be getting their attention.

The kitchen is the main room where infestations often appear. It’s critical then to keep food out only when you’re preparing it, and to wipe and clean as often as possible. This includes the oven, counter spaces, and sweeping and mopping. It’s a good idea to have an ant trap by the garbage, as well as hard to reach spots around appliances or other areas they might be sneaking in from.

If you have followed all tips and are still having issues with ants in the house, its time to call a professional to help evaluate the problem and set a plan of action.

Alpha Home Pest Control (208)475-4440

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