April 23, 2019

What to Do If Ants Have Invaded Your Southeast Texas Home

When you are running out of food in your home, what will you do? Go out to the supermarket and buy more, right? Now here is the big question, would you break in after the supermarket closes and steal that food? Of course not. You see, ants are not like us. When they are running out of food in their colony they look for a “supermarket” where they can get more food to replenish their supply. The only difference is that they have no sense of right or wrong and will happily invade places they don't belong and steal food that does not belong to them. Often times the places they choose to invade are our homes. If you do not want this to be the case with your home, keep reading, we have some information that might help you achieve this goal.

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Factors that lead to ant infestations in homes in spring/summer

As we previously talked about in the section above, ants are scavenging creatures with one main goal in life, to take care of their colony. If that means invading your home to find food, that is exactly what they are going to do. Most commonly this begins when a single scouting ant finds its way into your home and finds what they are looking for. This could be anything from a few crumbs under the fridge to a homemade peach cobbler on the counter. Regardless of what food they find, if they find it, they will return to their colony, laying down a pheromone trail, so all their friends can go back inside to scavenge more of the food source. This can start a problematic cycle. Especially if every time the ants return they find more crumbs or homemade dishes to scavenge.

Steps you can take to keep ants away

There are a few different things you can do to keep ants out of your home and away from your food. The thing you can do is simply make the food in your home less available to ants. Consider storing that peach cobbler in the fridge or properly covered with plastic wrap on the counter, protected from scavenging ants. In the same way, do your best to keep unseen areas such as under the fridge and stove clean of food scraps. Although we cannot easily access these areas, ants have no problem doing so. Finally, consider picking up your pets' food after they are done eating. Often times ants will find the crumbs your pet leaves behind as a fully suitable meal.

The next thing you can do is seal off your home. This is also fairly simple. All you need is a caulking gun and a little know-how. Check the base of your home and around utility piping for any gaps or cracks ants could use to get inside. Seal these openings. In addition, trim back tree branches or bushes from the walls of your home as they can provide ants access to higher areas of your home to invade.

Why call Bill Clark Bugsperts if you suspect you have ants

If you suspect your home has an ant problem, don’t hesitate to give the Bugsperts a call. We would be happy to send one of our highly trained technicians your way to inspect your home for any and all pest activity. If they do find ants, they will recommend the best course of action to get and keep your home ant-free. Don’t wait around to find your freedom from ants, instead let the Bugsperts lend a helping hand today!


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