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Why Are There Ants In My New Castle Home?

November 27, 2020

 

Sometimes it seems that, despite your best efforts, pests get inside your New Castle home. You can do all the cleaning in the world and buy multiple bug products, and still have an issue. In a lot of cases, the trick is to discover how an insect or creature is entering. Additionally, where they are nesting. Finding this out is easier said than done though. The smaller the specimen and the deeper their hiding spots are, the harder it is.

Ants frequently settle in difficult to reach areas. To make matters worse, they can procreate very quickly. Though various species present different dangers, all have the ability to taint surfaces and food. These insects crawl about with tons of germs that can trigger illnesses in humans. It’s beyond necessary to get them out. Keep reading to understand how they function, why you have them, and how Moyer Pest Control can help. 

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How Do Common New Castle Ants Behave? 

Carpenter, pavement, and odorous house ants rule in the region. Much larger than the average, carpenter ants are 0.25 to 0.50 of an inch long. Although many are black, they come in an array of colors. You’re liable to see one that’s orange, brown, reddish-black, red, tan, or yellow. This species is particularly destructive because they create nests and tunnels in wood. They shred the material with their claws. The end result is a structurally wrecked home. Outdoors, they’ll focus on trees and logs. Some major infestation signs are seeing wood shavings outside of their penetration holes and having hollow foundations.

Pavement ants range in size as well. They can be 0.09 to 0.12 of an inch long. Light-colored appendages extend from their brown or black bodies. As their name hints, they spend a lot of time around sidewalks, driveways, and porches. They can also be a detriment to lawns, as they dig burrows in the soil. Indoors, you’ll probably find them in kitchens. You could be stung by these insects, so be cautious.

Another namesake revealing ant, odorous house ants smell like rotten coconut when they’re smashed. Further, they’re known for invading homes. Similar to pavement ants, this class of ant is about 0.12 of an inch long and black or brown. They seek out interior spaces because they require warmth and moisture to survive. You may come across their nests in carpeting, floor voids, foundation cracks, pipes, paneling, and heaters. If they bite you, you will experience mild pain. Seeing a single one of these ants is an indicator of an infestation.

How Can You Prevent New Castle Ants?

Ants are challenging to avoid. As mentioned previously, their tiny size makes it simple for them to get indoors. You’ll have to take steps to make sure that your home isn’t attractive to them. This means eliminating their food sources and possible entry points by:

  • Sealing openings near windows, screens, utility lines, and foundations

  • Adding sweeps to all of your exterior doors

  • Trimming greenery often and placing it a few feet from your property

  • Wiping up food spills right away

  • Using airtight canisters for food, garbage storage, and pet meals 

  • Routinely cleaning your kitchen and pantries

  • Vacuuming and removing trash regularly

  • Having moisture faults and leaks repaired

What Can Moyer Pest Control Do About Ants?

At Moyer Pest Control, we have the advanced treatments necessary to eradicate ants and their nests. Our specially designed solutions are comprehensive, consisting of both interior and exterior care. All products are registered by the Environmental Protection Agency. Your safety is paramount. You’ll get to enjoy recurring visits, guarantees, custom approach plans, and more when you team with the experts at Moyer Pest Control. Give us a call today!

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