Small Ants In West Chester, PA
April 24, 2015
Do you get small ants in, or around, your West Chester home? They're not much to worry about. They aren't going to wreck your home like carpenter ants. And they don't make a stink like odorous house ants. But that doesn't mean they can't drive you right up the wall and back down again. Fortunately, your ant experts at Moyer Indoor | Outdoor Pest Control have some tips to save you some misery.
Ants come into your house looking for food. If you have kids that leave food out or crumbs around, you're going to encourage ants to come inside. When scout ants find toast crumbs around the toaster, ketchup on the floor, an apple core lying on an end table or some other food source, they will let out a smell that tells other ants where to find the food. When you see a trail of ants, there are three things you'll want to do.
Find what they're coming in for. It may be an accessible trash can. It may be food matter left on a plate. Whatever it is, you're going to want to make that food source go away.
Look for where the ants are coming in. If they are coming out from under a counter, use a caulking gun to seal any holes you find.
Take a bottle of soapy water or window cleaner and spray the entire length of the trail. This will kill some ants, but most importantly, get rid of the scent that helps them make their trail.
To keep ants from entering your home in the first place, you'll needs to seal basement cracks, exterior wall holes, and gaps around plumbing and AC units. If your ant population is significant, it may also be necessary to get a professional pest control company to eradicate colonies on your property. The fewer ant mounds you have near your exterior walls, the fewer ants you're going to have getting into your kitchen and pantry.
Ants never stop encroaching. Keeping your home ant free requires year-round pest control. But it isn't as expensive as you might think. For a reasonably low monthly payment, you can keep ants, spiders, yellowjackets and other invasive pests from making your home their home. Maybe 2015 can be the year you find out how sweet life is without pests. Wouldn't that be great?