Wednesday, February 1, 2017
There are some household pests that are a nuisance while there are others that can be very destructive. The ant falls into the category of being both a nuisance and a destructive pest. For example, the sugar ant is a nuisance and will quickly take over your kitchen while the carpenter ant is a nuisance and destructive as it chews away at the wooden structure of your home.
As with all pests, the most successful pest management is that of removing the ability of a pest to gain access to food and water. Prevention methods are much easier than the need for eradication.
Begin by sealing off all cracks and crevices or holes that could allow ants and other household pests to gain entry to your property. Check under doors and around windows as well as utility line entrances. The best way to close these openings is caulking them shut as this also helps with energy efficiency.
There is a saying that cleanliness is next to godliness. This certainly holds when trying to prevent ant infestations. Inspect your kitchen for any crumbs or spilled liquids. Look under the stove and refrigerator, inside cupboards, and the pantry. Also, check under the sink for any leaks that would allow moisture points for unwanted pests. Clean with suitable detergents and then be sure to store all unused food items in sealed containers. Removing points of entry and eliminating access to food and water are the surest preventive measures for ant control.
In the event of an infestation, professionally trained technicians should always be called on for the eradication of ants. The “do it yourself” techniques are not effective as they only kill the visible ants and do not destroy the colony. The colony may consist of hundreds of thousands of ants and each one must be destroyed before the ant problem is resolved. This is especially critical in the event of an infestation of carpenter ants. Much damage to the structure of your home can be done while you continue trying various extermination measures. If you suspect you have an ant infestation call Rose Pest Solutions to schedule your inspection or contact us here.
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