Ants March into Homes as Weather Warms

There is one house guest that no one wants, but nearly everyone gets – ants. And as the weather continues to warm, ants will begin marching one-by-one indoors. Take the necessary steps to prevent ants from ruining your summer fun.

 

 

A recent study of pest professionals, conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has revealed that ants are the number one nuisance pest in the United States and often become a problem during the warmer months as they venture indoors to look for food.

 

Unfortunately, ants are more than just a household annoyance. Ants can pose health risks and cause extensive property damage once inside the home.

 

Odorous ants are known to contaminate food sources and carpenter ants can tunnel through wood to build nests inside structures. Luckily, a mixture of integrated pest management tactics can effectively prevent and manage most infestations.

 

We recommend the following tips to avoid ant infestations:

 

  1. Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water near a home.
  2. Keep tree branches and other shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house.
  3. Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home.
  4. Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches from the ground.
  5. Keep food in sealed containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
  6. Keep pet food and water dishes clean and remove any spilled food.

And the biggest ant issue in Southern California?  The invasive Argentine ants which have displaced almost all others, taking over underground ant colonies – and above ground people homes – in greater numbers each year for the past decade.

If you suspect an ant infestation, contact Lloyd Pest Control

to identify the species and recommend a course of treatment. For more information, please visit http://www.lloydpest.com/ants/

Tags: ,

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 at 4:11 am and is filed under Ants, Pest Control Tips. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Leave a Reply