Ants are such wonderful creatures, are they not? When we leave food out on countertops, they make sure it doesn’t go to waste. When we walk through our yards, they come over and attack our feet and ankles to politely ask us to leave. Some species of ants will even build their nests right into the structural wood of our homes so that they can be close by in case we need them. Of course, we are being sarcastic. Noone likes ants, especially when they establish their nests inside and around our homes. If you regularly have trouble with these pests on your Elk Grove property, here is how to get them to go away fast.
Ants That Live In Elk Grove
Elk Grove is a hub for food, entertainment, and culture. It is also infested with several different species of ants. The most common home-invading ants in our area are Argentine ants, odorous house ants, Pharaoh ants, thief ants, carpenter ants, and southern fire ants. The problems these pests cause depend on the species. Fire ants bite and sting people. Carpenter ants tunnel through wood, causing extensive damage inside homes. Pharaoh ants spread disease. In addition to these serious issues, ants are just plain annoying with the way they invade living areas and steal and contaminate food. To deter these pests from coming onto your property, here are five strategies to implement around your property.
Keep Up With Your Landscaping
Many species of ants thrive in cluttered environments. To make your yard less comfortable to ants trying to find a place to nest, the best thing you can do is keep up with your landscaping. This involves mowing your grass regularly, picking up clutter and debris such as leaf piles and toys, and trimming your hedges.
Clean Your Home Thoroughly And Often
A dirty home offers ants a plethora of opportunities to find food, water, and shelter. To combat ant infestations around your living areas, do your best to keep things clean. Some things we recommend include washing beneath large kitchen appliances, vacuuming rugs, sweeping floors, and wiping down tables and countertops after every meal. (These steps will help deter other pests as well.)
Seal Entry Points Around Your Home’s Exterior
Ants find their way into homes through gaps, cracks, and other openings. To keep these pests out of your living areas, you need to eliminate these points of entry. To do this, here are a few tips to try.
Use a caulking gun to fill in holes, gaps, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.
Install door sweeps to doors leading out of your home.
Repair damage to window/door screens.
Make sure weatherstripping is properly installed.
Keep unscreened windows and doors closed as much as possible.
Address Moisture Build Up
Many species of ants thrive in moist environments. Address moisture problems around your home and yard by fixing leaky piping/fixtures, making sure your gutters are in good working order, eliminating sources of water build up around your property, and using a dehumidifier around particularly humid areas of your home such as basements and kitchens.
Invest In Professional Pest Control
If you do not have time to properly prevent ants, you need to hire a professional. By hiring the experts at Pro Active Pest Control, you gain around-the-clock protection against some of Elk Grove’s most infamous pests. We will get your property the treatments it needs to be protected against ants so that you don’t have to deal with these pests indoors ever again.
Call us now to talk to one of our friendly service representatives about your options.