How to Prep Your Home Against Ants in Springfield

June 7, 2019

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In: Ants

There are many ants that commonly get into our Springfield homes during the summer months and those summer ants bring summer problems. The secret to not having ant problems is to not have ants. While that might sound simplistic, it is truer than you can possibly imagine.
The reason ants get into homes is a proximity issue. Those ants don't know you have food inside your home. They didn't hear about it on the internet and decide to move from the nearby woods into your yard, with the hopes of one day getting into your home. They get into your home by accident. The more ants you have crawling around outside of your home, the more chance you'll have of ants infesting your home.
When it comes to prepping your home against ants, there are two types of prevention that must be considered. One is focused on keeping ants out. The other is focused on reducing ant populations.

Keeping Ants Out

There are many ways ants get in. They enter through cracks in foundation walls or chipped mortar. They enter through gaps around pipes or wire conduit. They crawl through gaps in door weatherstripping or under doorsweeps. They exploit tiny holes in the seals around the outside of window and door frames. If you have problems with pavement ants or some other nuisance ants, these are the most likely entry points they'll use. They don't have the ability to chew their way into a home like a carpenter ant can. Seal or fix these vulnerabilities to keep pavement ants out.
Carpenter ants require a different tactic. Preventing carpenter ants from getting into your home has more to do with controlling moisture around your home. Damp wood turns to rotted wood and rotted wood is highly attractive to carpenter ants. Address any conditions that promote moisture in your yard such as obstructed gutters.

Reducing Ant Populations

It is extremely difficult to seal a home up enough to keep ants out. So the above tips will only be beneficial to a point. If you want the best chance of not having an ant infestation, the solution is colony removal. This should be left to a licensed professional. A professional knows how to properly identify pest ants, how to locate colonies, and what baits will be effective for colony destruction.
Are you dealing with ants, or would you like to not have to deal with ants? We have the solution. Reach out to American Pest Solutions. We offer one-time and ongoing pest control service in Springfield. There is no better way to prep your Springfield home against summer ant threats.

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