Wilmington's Ultimate Ant Control Handbook

July 10, 2020

There is a secret to ant management. If you understand this secret, it can not only help you prevent an ant infestation in your home, it can help you to get rid of ants and keep them out. What is the secret? We break it down here into three parts.

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1. Ant Infestations Often Start With One Ant

Have you ever noticed one little ant crawling around inside your Wilmington home? That little ant is a worker ant. But, more importantly, it is a scout. Every worker ant has the potential to be a scout. A worker ant can get away from the rest of the ants in its colony and follow patterns to find food. When it finds a food source, it takes a piece and heads home. Along the way, it lays down a pheromone that lets other workers know that food has been found. As each worker picks up the scent, it follows it into your home and into your kitchen, and adds to the pheromone trail on its way home. This increases the number of workers that will begin to follow that trail. This is why you get all those ants in your kitchen.

2. External Ants Can Be Inspired To Make Internal Nests

When ants find a food or water source inside your home, they may get the idea that your home would be a great place to live. If they do, your ant problems can become much worse. If ants create a nest in the voids of your home, it won't take them long to mobilize an army every time a food source becomes available. Some ants do more than build nests in voids. If you attract carpenter ants, those worker ants can damage your home by carving galleries inside the wood of your home.

3. Interior Infestations Begin With Exterior Attractants

Before you invite ants to build a nest inside your home, you invite them to come near to your home. There are many conditions that can lure ants to your home.

Moisture: Most ant species are attracted to high humidity and moisture. Reducing moisture around your home can have a big impact.

Food: Ants eat lots of things. Bird seed is a common ant attractant that homeowners don't consider.

Smells: The smell of food can be enough to attract ants. Keep your exterior trash receptacles clean to reduce the smells that can invite ants.

Tips To Keep Ants Out

  • Keep crumbs and other food debris cleaned up in your kitchen.

  • Keep your shelves free of food debris.

  • Vacuum regularly.

  • Immediately Clean spills or juices that get on your floor.

  • Consider putting pantry foods in sealed containers.

  • Fix leaky faucets and weeping pipes.

  • Refrain from putting filled garbage bags on the floor.

  • Refrain from displaying fruit.

  • Remove access points and pathways by sealing gaps around pipes and other moisture points.

  • Remove entry points by sealing gaps around window and door frames.

  • Do an inspection of your exterior and seal any gaps, cracks, or holes.

If you apply these tips, you can reduce your chances of ant infestation. You can also reduce your chances of having an ant nest inside your home. But, as you are probably aware, this can be tricky. Ants are highly mobile and able to get into very small gaps, and it can be difficult to stay on top of the sanitation that is needed to resist ants. This is where Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators can help. We help homeowners win the war against ants by providing appropriate exterior treatments to reduce and control ants. Reach out to us any time to request service for your Wilmington home.

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