What Maryland's Pest Experts Want You To Know About Effective Ant Control
Effective ant control might sound like a far-fetched dream for homeowners in the Maryland area. However, it is actually possible as long as you understand which ants are common to the area and how they behave.
Some of the ants common to our area are:
Odorous house ants: These are annoying ants that love to crawl over everything. You can identify them by their dark brown to black coloring. In addition, they emit a rotten coconut smell when crushed.
Pavement ants: These ants are usually found outside in the cracks and crevices of your sidewalk or under stones. However, they can find their way into your basement or garage, sometimes in large numbers.
Carpenter ants: If there’s one type of ant you don’t want it’s this one. While these ants aren't a threat to people directly, they’re known to cause significant structural damage. Carpenter ants prefer to make their home in water-damaged wood but they can move to sound wood once they have established a nest.
Pharaoh Ants: Pharaoh ants are known to threaten the health of people because they can carry a number of pathogens when traveling from food source to food source.
Ants typically travel in large numbers. More importantly, they can burrow deep into their colonies, which makes them experts at hiding from various treatments. As such, the best way to keep the ant population down around your house is to employ ant-prevention techniques.
Getting A Head Start
It’s always a good idea to utilize professional services to enjoy the highest standard of ant control. However, there are things you can do to ensure that you are protected between treatments. Some of the most successful tips include:
Identify the hot spots: Ants like to be where food and water are available. Since the kitchen has both, this is the number one hot spot to protect. After the kitchen, the bathroom is the second choice. However, any room that may have crumbs or moisture is a potential hot spot so it’s necessary to check rooms like your basement and even the bedroom.
Eliminate water sources: Standing water or leaking pipes are beacons for ants. The best thing you can do is eliminate standing water from the house and property. We recommend making needed repairs to pipes and appliances that may be leaking. For bonus protection, consider investing in a dehumidifier or two to dry out the house overall.
Remove food sources: Ants will eat your food if it’s left out. It’s important to clean up crumbs, store leftover food in pest-proof containers, and store fruit and vegetables in the fridge.
Embrace chores: Ants track each other through pheromones. These pheromones get left behind when ants travel. The only way to remove them is to wipe things down with soap and water along with various cleaners. If there’s no pheromone to track, other ants won’t follow.
Time To Get Serious
To keep ants out, it is important to make your property less attractive to ants so they don't come in close to your home. This is more challenging than you think, for two reasons. Ants are extremely tiny, which means they can slip through the smallest cracks. They also travel in large numbers.
The first thing to do is to establish a perimeter around the house. Employ a verified ant treatment and spread it around the house to ward the ants away from the house. Once this has been completed, it’s time to look into blocking the access points. For this step, you’ll want silicone caulk so you can seal up any crack or hole you come across while inspecting the house. Carefully inspect areas that contain utility pipes or outlets as these are popular entry points for ants.
Effective Ant Control With Capitol Pest
When you lack the right tools or training, ant control is an uphill battle at best. If an ant infestation has hit your home, it’s time to bring in our team here at Capitol Pest. Our team knows pests, which includes ants of any species. And we have the tools and training to get ants out and keep them out of your home. Through comprehensive treatments and prevention measures, we can give you back the control you need.
Ready to employ ant control services? Give us a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional ant control options or fill out our online form to schedule your free inspection.