First, you notice them on your countertops or scurrying across the floor – and there’s never just one. Ants, living in colonies outdoors or within the wood of your home, leave to find food and shelter. Along the way they excrete pheromones, a chemical substance that can encourage other ants to follow. Before you know it, the house is infested with these small insects.
Carpenter ants are some of the largest known, averaging 3.4 to 13 mm in size. They are commonly black, but can have a red or yellowish tint. In the spring, carpenter ants seek shelter in moist areas – often building nests where wood is found. If you suspect ants have invaded your home, call 866-802-7378 for same day service!
With the weather warming up, reduce your chances of an infestation with the following tips.
Keep Your Property Clean
Multiple steps can be taken to prevent ants from entering, finding a desirable source of food and building a colony.
Check your home for these common carpenter ant habitats and make these improvements:
- Trim your trees and bushes, so that branches don’t touch your house.
- Reduce all sources of moisture. Check leaking roofs and plumbing.
- Paint and seal exposed wood before it becomes soft from moisture.
- Replace any rotted or formerly ant-infested wood.
- Take out any dead tree stumps from your lawn.
- Store any firewood in a cool, dry place above the ground.
Because all species of ants seek out sweet, protein-based or fatty foods, review your kitchen for anything that might invite pests:
- Store all food properly.
- Take the trash out every day.
- Any pet areas must be kept fully clean.
- Sweep the floors after meals.
- Never leave dirty dishes in the sink.
- Make sure moisture does not accumulate.
Dealing With an Existing Problem
In very early stages, an ant infestation can be controlled.
If you suspect the problem comes from the outside, it’s recommended you follow their trails back to the nest. Rather than spraying the wandering pests, which only takes out a few ants at a time, either set up bait or add insecticide directly to the nest. Keep in mind that this process may take a few weeks.
To prevent pests from entering again, caulk and seal any cracks used as pathways, and scrub down the areas with detergent to remove all traces of pheromones.
If the problem seems to come from inside, bait isn’t always as effective. Because you’ll have to eliminate the nests and multiple colonies that may have developed, work with a pest control company like Eliminate ‘Em.
Does your Connecticut home show signs of an ant infestation? Our experienced team handles carpenter, sugar and pavement ants. Contact us to discuss our ant control and extermination services.