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Ants

Researchers believe that there may be more than 20,000 specie worldwide. With this fact in mind it is no surprise that homeowners listed    ants as their main pest concern making them the most prevalent pest          nationwide.

                                                                                     

Ants are social insects and form highly organized colonies with up to millions of members each having a role. Spotting one ant unfortunately signifies that the troops are somewhere close by.

 

Homeowners should particularly watch out for carpenter ants. Carpenter ants attack wood that is or has been wet or damaged by mold and can build tunnels through dry, undamaged wood causing costly property

damage. It is very common to find carpenter ants in structures during the winter due to the excess moisture caused by snow and ice.

  • Entry: Ants can enter through even the tiniest cracks, seeking water and sweet or greasy food substances in the kitchen pantry or storeroom areas.

  • Scent trails: Ants leave an invisible chemical trail which contains pheromones for others to follow once they locate the food source.

  • Nest locations: They can nest about anywhere in and around your house; in lawns, walls, stumps, even under foundations.

  • Colony size: Can number up to 300,000 to well over 500,000 and whole colonies can uproot and relocate quickly when threatened.

  • Colony Lifetime: A colony can live a relatively long lifetime. Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years.

  • Do-it-yourself ineffectiveness: Most do-it-yourself ant control approaches only kill the ants you see. Some truly effective treatments can penetrate and destroy nests to help prevent these pests from returning. Also home remedies don’t account for the fact that different kinds of ant infestations require different treatments.

Tips for minimizing invasion by ants:

  • Keep wood and debris away from exterior siding

  • Keep kitchen clean: seal containers, wipe counters frequently, empty the garbage routinely, and avoid leaving pet food dishes out for long periods of time.

  • Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water.

  • Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house.

  • Seal up cracks and small openings along bottom of the house.

  • Store sugar, syrup, honey, baked goods, and other sweets in closed containers that have been washed to remove residues from their exterior surfaces.

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