How To Get Rid Of Ants On Your Maryland Property

We see ants all the time. They crawl around on the ground outside. They crawl around on our driveways. They crawl up the sides of our homes. We even find them crawling on our exterior trash bins. All of this activity causes us to pay little attention to them but, when they come into our Maryland homes, they're hard to ignore. If you agree that finding ants inside your home is an unwelcome sight, we have some good news for you. There's something you can do to stop them. The secret is to reduce the number of ants on your property. Let's take a look at a few tips that can help you do just that.

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Yard Maintenance

There are many things you do in your yard that work to reduce ants. It is likely that you do these things simply because they make your yard look beautiful. You don't put much thought into how they'll impact ant populations. But, if you realize the impact you're having on ants, it may inspire you to roll your sleeves up and get out there more often.

  • Blow leaves out of your landscaping and out from underneath exterior structures. Leaf piles and leaf litter provide two things ants want: Food and moisture. The food they eat are the bugs that crawl around under leaves. Ants eat bugs, both alive and dead. As for moisture, leaves work to prevent the sun from drying moisture up after it rains.

  • Remove sticks from your yard. When branches fall from trees, they provide a food source for termites. Some ant species eat termites. But the greater issue that sticks present is their ability to provide an ideal habitat for insects and invertebrates when you stack the dead branches you collect in your yard. It is best to burn them quickly or remove the sticks from your yard.

  • Keep your grass cut, remove weeds from your landscaping, and keep your bushes trimmed. Vegetation traps moisture and promotes pest activity. Plus, shrubs, bushes and other vegetation that touches your exterior walls can create a bridge for ants to easily access entry points.

  • Keep your landscaping plants as healthy as possible. When plants aren't doing well, they can attract aphids, whiteflies, and other insects that feed on decaying plants. These insects create honeydew, which is a sweet and delectable food source for many ant species, particularly carpenter ants. 

Sanitation

Many ant species are attracted to decaying organic matter. Sanitation can play a big role in reducing ants on your property. Not only does decaying organic matter attract ants, the scent of it is like ringing a dinner bell.

  • Store trash in plastic bags. This helps to mask the scent of the trash inside.

    Keep your trash receptacles as clean as possible.

  • Remove trash from your property weekly. This helps to keep your receptacles from developing an ant-attracting scent.

  • Clean your recyclables before you store them in your garage, or in a location outside of your home, such as a shed.

  • Keep your grill as clean as possible, and clean up any food particles, juice spills, and other food sources left behind by outdoor dining.

  • Refrain from piling any garbage in your backyard, even if there is no food in the garbage.

Home Repair

There are many ways your home can create conditions that are conducive to ant activity, or ant entry. Here are a few common issues that can arise.

  • Repair rotting wood on your deck or home. This can attract termites, carpenter ants, wood-boring beetles, carpenter bees, and other pests. This can lure ants to your property as they will seek to eat these insects and their larvae.

  • Repair cracks in your foundation walls. As ants crawl on the exterior of your home, cracks will give them easy access to your interior.

  • Use a caulking gun to seal gaps around pipes, wire conduits, windows, and doors. These are common entry points.

  • Repair or replace damaged screens.

Ant Control

There are some catalysts that can lead to big trouble with ants. When these occur, you may not even realize it. One example is the seeding of a lawn. Ants eat grass seed. When you scatter seeds across your entire lawn, you should not be surprised to find thousands of ant mounds forming. You should always consider ant control as a part of lawn maintenance. For this, and other big ant problems, it is best to contact a licensed pest professional for assistance. It can be tricky addressing ants because there are so many species in Maryland. Remember that the service team here at Capitol Pest Control is available to help.

Contact us anytime for answers to your pest questions or to request a pest evaluation for your Maryland home. We provide industry-leading pest control solutions for Maryland property owners. 

 

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