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Problems Nuisance Ants Bring To Souderton Homes And Kitchens

Souderton's Most Common Household Ants

There are many ants that cause problems for Souderton homeowners. Today, we're going to focus on two very common household-invading ants found in our area, the odorous house ant and the pavement ant.

For the most part, these ants are simply nuisance pests. However, as with all pests, they can cause some problems when they find their way inside. Let's take a look at a few things you can expect from these pests:

an ant crawling on a plant outside of a home in souderton pennsylvania

Odorous House Ants

These ants stink. Literally. When they congregate in entrance areas, odorous house ants can be especially problematic. This ant species emits a rotten coconut-like odor when crushed underfoot, and what better place to crush hundreds of tiny ants than on your front steps! If you happen to have a problem with these ants out on your porch, you've probably noticed that the walls of your porch do a nice job of holding that smell in.

Usually, people don't put up with having odorous house ants in their home for long, and who can blame them? These ants often invade in large numbers and the more of them you have in your home, the more noticeable the unpleasant odor they create will become. So new customers don't usually procrastinate for too long before reaching out to us. But, when odorous house ants get into a pantry, they can sometimes remain undetected. This can present a different problem.

While the risk of illness is low with this species of ant, it is still possible for them to pick up harmful bacteria from your trash and other filthy places, and carry it into your food storage areas and, ultimately, into your stored food items themselves which can result in stomach sickness.

When odorous house ants get into a home under the radar, it is usually through an area of the home that has been damaged by water. These ants need moisture in order to survive, so the appearance of hundreds of ants in your pantry should not just be seen as a nuisance. It is also a warning sign that you may have a moisture issue. Check your gutter system to make sure there are no obstructions or breaks and examine exterior spigots for leaks. If you see any conditions around your home that are allowing standing water or moisture buildup, they should be addressed, not only to help resist odorous house ants, but also to deter other pests and prevent water damage to your home.

Pavement Ants

Most of the time, pavement ants are no big deal. We see them in large numbers outside, but we usually pay little attention to them. Normally, these ants live outdoors in the cracks of pavement and concrete and around rocks and present no real threat to us. It is only when they get inside that they become a problem.

Their love for pavement and concrete makes these ants a common indoor pest. Pavement ants will crawl into any gap or crack that they can find in your foundation wall, and when they do, they can get inside and gain access to food storage areas and contaminate your food just like odorous house ants do.

The first step in preventing a pavement ant infestation is to perform a detailed inspection of your foundation and seal any cracks or gaps you find. When examining the exterior of your home for ant entry points, be sure to pay close attention around window frames. When windows are installed, there is often a gap around them. This gap is then sealed with caulk, but even a good quality sealant can break down over time, leaving your home vulnerable to ants or a number of other pest infestations. It is a good idea to periodically reseal the areas around your window frames to keep pests out.

What You Can Do To Control And Prevent Ant Problems

Both of these ant species will exploit any entry point you give them to get inside. To keep these Souderton ants out of your home, consider the following tips:

  • Be sure to examine your door frames and fix any weather stripping that isn't allowing your doors to make a good seal.

  • Examine any pipes or wire conduit that pass through your exterior walls and seal the gaps around them.

  • If you notice holes that have been chewed by other pests, use a caulking gun to fill those holes in until you can have them properly repaired.

When it comes to dealing with odorous house ants and pavement ants, it is important to remove any attractants that may draw them to your home. You can accomplish this by following these steps:

  • Make sure that all your outdoor trash is stored in sealed trash cans and that those trash receptacles are kept clean.

  • Avoid leaving pet food outside in between feedings.

  • For the best results, have your local Souderton, PA pest control company come perform routine perimeter treatments to reduce the insects on your landscaping that these ants feed on. Those perimeter treatments will also reduce several other harmful pests that can spread harmful illnesses and damage your home or belongings.

Moyer Offers Professional Ant Control In Souderton, PA

If you need help getting rid of ants in your Souderton home, elsewhere in Montgomery County, or elsewhere in Moyer's Pennsylvania pest control service area, we can help. We’d be happy to discuss your ant problem or any other pest problems you may be dealing with. Once we have a better understanding of your situation, we can recommend a home pest control program that suits your specific needs. Contact Moyer Pest Control to request your free pest inspection today!

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