Now Is The Time To Be Thinking About Ant Prevention In Bethesda

4/30/2020

Maryland is home to several types of ants. Some ants are worse than others in terms of risk to your property and your health. Whatever type of ants they may be, we don't want them in our homes. Luckily, Capital Pest Control has experts with experience dealing with all types of Maryland's pests. 

carpenter ant crawling in wood

Ants pose potential problems to your Maryland home all year long, but they tend to be particularly problematic during warmer months. Even when cooler weather makes these insects less active, they still will thrive inside of your home. Therefore, its best to have a year round protection plan to protect your Bethesda home against unwanted ants.

Common Ant Species In Maryland

All ants are not created equal. Some do more damage than others, and all species will search your home for sources of food and water.  Here are some of the most common ants in Montgomery County:

  • Carpenter ants: These ants are large and build their nests in dead wood, often making the frame-work of your home their home. These ants can do a lot of damage in a single season. Unlike termites, they do not eat wood. Rather, they will forage in your pantry, on your counter top, or on your floor for leftover morsels of food. 

  • Odorous house ants: These ants are small, black, and emit a pungent, unpleasant odor. Odorous house ants are resilient and sometimes hard to treat with over-the-counter pest products. 

  • Acrobat ants: These ants stick their rear-ends up in the air when disturbed. Their raised abdomen posture isn't a bluff; these ants are known to bite and sting. They are also known to carve out electrical insulation from within wiring, causing short circuits. Removal of their nest is the best option for long-term control, but when that's not a practical option, it's a good idea to consult with professionals.

  • Pharaoh ants: These are one of the hardest ants to control. Once you identify Pharaoh ants, it is a good idea to contact Capital Pest Control immediately. This is because standard methods that work on other types of ants will cause Pharaoh ants to split up and create multiple smaller colonies. These ants are also notorious for spreading disease.  

Regardless of the ant species, there are some precautions we can take to keep ants out of your Bethesda home. Specifically, we can deny them food and eliminate possible entry points. In the end, the best solution to your ant problem is to implement a plan for year-round pest control. 

Deny Ants Food

Mostly ants find themselves in our homes by accident. They are on a constant search for food. When they find a supply, they send for reinforcements. Therefore, to prevent ant infestations, we must make sure to limit their potential food sources. Some ants prefer sugary and starchy foods, others prefer proteins. The following will help you prevent an ant problem:

  • Quickly sweep up crumbs.

  • Don't leave food out on tables.

  • Clean up pet food after mealtime; do not leave it out throughout the day. 

  • Put pantry items in sealed containers.

Deny Ants Entry

Ants can get into our homes through very small cracks in walls, windows, and doorways. Though ants can come inside through the smallest of spaces, there are some precautions you can take to keep them from getting inside:

  • Reapply silicone around window seals.

  • Update and replace door grommets and threshold brushes.

  • Follow ant-lines and seal off each entry point. 

  • Make sure screens fit tightly into window frames. 

Contact The Experts At Capital Pest Control

Now is the right time to take action. A little help from Capital Pest Control can go a long way. By the correct identification and treatment of any type of ant species that may be infesting your property, you can be sure to stop ants before they become a bigger problem. We have our own entomologist who can assure accurate and reliable identification. Knowing what type of ant you're dealing with is important for choosing the right plan of action.

Capital Pest Control has the experience and expertise to do the job right the first time. Our experts will save you time, money, and hassle from the start. Call us and schedule your free pest inspection today. 

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