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Four Quick & Simple Ant Prevention Tips For West Chester Property Owners

September 18, 2020

 

The average person isn’t afraid of or worried about ants. Since they are tiny and easy to stomp, they seem insignificant. However, there is a lot of emphasis on the word “seem.” Most ants build large colonies very quickly, which means they can take over a West Chester home or business in no time. Not only will this result in annoyance for whoever occupies the property, but their health is also put at risk.

By default, ants wander around with countless germs on their bodies. When they creep onto a surface or food, they can contaminate it. If humans come in contact with the tainted item, they can contract an illness. Several ant species damage belongings too. Folks definitely shouldn't procrastinate with enacting proper prevention and elimination measures for ants. Learn about Moyer Pest Control’s options, and use these four tips to keep the critters away.

a carpenter ant on a leaf

Tip #1 Get Things Squared With Repairs

Ants are so small, there’s no crack or crevice they can’t come through. Therefore, you need to reduce possible points of entry by closing holes around foundations, doors, windows, and screens. You can do this with caulk. Inspect and tend to your utility and roof lines too. All exterior doors should have sweeps attached. Address leaking, plumbing, and moisture problems as well. Ants like the carpenter species can ruin a building's structure.

  • Carpenter ants: While they primarily range from red to black, these ants can be a number of shades, including yellow, black, brown, red, tan, orange, and reddish-black. They grow to be ¼ to ½ of an inch long and destroy wood as they form nests and tunnels in it.

Tip #2 Shape Up The Lawn

Pavement ants and other similar species are more of an outdoor pest, wrecking lawns and flourishing in organic matter. You can make your land less attractive to these bugs if you remove debris from the yard, and regularly cut the grass. Maintain all greenery and ensure it is a minimum of two feet away from the building. Check plants and outdoor furniture before bringing them inside.

  • Pavement ants: These ants have black or brown bodies that are 1/16 to ⅛ of an inch long. You’ll see these critters near porches, sidewalks, and driveways. Beware of them because they can sting humans.

Tip #3 Keep Interiors Neat

Ants often go where ever there is food, trash, and water. Meal material and garbage should never be left in the open. Use airtight glass or plastic containers for storage. Get rid of the waste on a routine basis. Wash dishes, kitchen drawers and cabinets, and pantries regularly. Wipe down counter-tops too. Get up food messes quickly. Vacuum rugs often. Pests that are primarily found indoors, such as odorous house ants, survive well when these tasks aren’t performed.

  • Odorous house ants: These ants are brown or black, and ⅛ of an inch long. They’ll settle in structural voids, pipes, heaters, carpeting, and paneling. Be advised that their bites cause mild pain, and they emit a foul coconut odor when squashed.

Tip #4 Call Moyer Pest Control for Help

Accurately identifying an ant class is pivotal in selecting the right extermination solution. Otherwise, any efforts may be in vain. Many people will err in labeling a critter and/or purchase the wrong product. Further, they could put themselves in danger with misapplication. It’s best to rely on the experts, and contact us at Moyer Pest Control.

Our licensed and registered Service Professionals™ will precisely recognize ants, their nests, and entryways. They will use advanced treatments, approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. You, your pets, and your property will be safe; period.

We proudly offer assistance as soon as possible and have cost-friendly plans wrapped with guarantees and regular visits. Protect your property by calling us today to get started!

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