June 4, 2021
Four No-Nonsense Ant Control Tips For Beaumont Property Owners
Although we may not always think of them as pests, ants are some of the most common home invaders that we have here in Beaumont. Unfortunately, once they get inside, there’s no telling how much trouble they can cause. Depending on the species, ants can spread disease, destroy property, and inflict painful bites. Not to mention, ants can be incredibly hard to get rid of once they have infested a home. It’s important for you to know the steps you can take to keep ants out of your Beaumont home before they become a problem. Moreover, should your home become infested with ants, you need to know the effective ant control solutions that you can count on to get rid of them.
Identifying Common Area Ants
While there are thousands of ant species in the world, here in Beaumont, we only need to worry about a handful of them. Some of the most common home-invading ants in the area include carpenter ants, fire ants, crazy ants, and pharaoh ants.
Carpenter ants are usually black, red, or a combination of the two, and they grow to be about 5/8th of an inch long. Carpenter ants build their nests inside of wood. In doing so, they can cause extensive damage to homes which can require expensive repairs.
Fire ants are dark reddish-brown and grow to be about 3/8th of an inch long. Fire ants are known for inflicting painful stings that feel like burning which is from where they get their name.
Crazy ants are dark brown or black in color and grow to be about 1/8th of an inch long. They derive their name from the erratic manner in which they move around. Once in a home, crazy ants can be quite difficult to get rid of.
Pharaoh ants are usually pale yellow or red in color and grow to be 1/6th of an inch long. Pharaoh ants build large, irregularly-shaped mound nests. If disturbed, pharaoh ants can move their colonies with relative ease, often forming several new colonies in the process. As such, getting rid of them is no easy task.
Factors That Attract Ants To Homes
There are several factors that attract ants into homes. Most often, ants will enter a home in search of food or water. As such, any potential food or water sources could easily attract ants inside. This includes improperly stored food, uncleaned spills, unsecured trash, leaking water, and moisture buildup.
Ants also might enter a home simply because there is an easy way inside. They can come through cracks under doors, around windows, in the foundation, or through holes in the exterior of the home.
Ant Prevention Techniques
The best methods for keeping ants out of your Beaumont home include removing any factors that might attract them inside and sealing off any potential entry points. These methods include:
- Remove any potential food sources by storing food in airtight containers or the fridge, wiping up spills from counters and floors immediately, storing trash in bins with tight-fitting lids, and taking out the trash regularly.
- Remove potential water sources by fixing leaking pipes or fixtures, ensuring all drains are working properly, and installing dehumidifiers in poorly ventilated areas.
- Seal openings around doors and windows by installing door sweeps, weather-stripping, and screens.
- Seal off other entry points by filling in cracks in the foundation and covering holes around the homes’ exterior such as around vents, pipes, and utility lines.
The Most Effective Ant Control Solution
If you do find yourself dealing with an ant infestation, contact the professionals here at Bill Clark Pest Control right away. Not only will we effectively eliminate any ant infestation with which you are dealing, but if you opt for one of our ongoing pest control plans, we will make sure your home remains ant-free all year long. Don’t let ants make their home inside of yours. Give us a call today to get started.
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