Ants are creatures of hierarchy, and when you’re invaded by ants, you're forced to contend with the hundreds upon hundreds of potential workers from a single colony. In the great state of Texas, this might mean pharaoh ants, carpenter ants, odorous house ants, red ants, or any of a multitude of others. Depending on the species, you may even have to worry about additional problems. In any circumstance, the hardworking ant should never be welcome in human homes. Here’s how you can stop them.
Your First Steps Toward Ant Prevention
If you want to kick ants out the door permanently, you can’t trust the insects to leave on their own. You should know that they will always come back. For this reason, it’s up to you to take the first steps needed to lock yourself off from these invaders. Here are Bug Head Pest Control’s first three steps for protecting your Plano home against ants:
- It may sound strenuous and time-consuming, but the first thing a homeowner needs to do to protect their home from ants is to perform a deep clean of the kitchen and other locations where food is left or eaten.
- Without food to steal, ants have significantly less reason to enter a home, so it's essential to limit an ant’s exposure to that which is stored away. Placing food in a closed cupboard is not nearly enough. You need to place dry food and bags in sealed, airtight containers.
- Even without food, ants will still have a reason to enter your home: free, clean, life-sustaining liquids. So what about water, then? Keep your floors and other surfaces dry as well as clean, and be quick to fix any leaky faucets or fixtures in the house.
Sealing Up Common Ant Entry Points
You’ve taken the appropriate steps to prepare your home for invasion, so where should you go from here? Simple. The time has come to seal your property off to worker ants in a more literal sense of the word. These are the common ant entry points you need to identify and seal up right away:
- Screen doors: Sure, doors are made for human usage, but that won’t stop annoying pests like ants from squeezing through holes in screen doors where they can find them. Even if they’ve never been broken before, keep a close eye on them, so when or if they do, you can patch them up with haste.
- Gaps below doors: Screen doors are easy pickings for sneaky ants, but most don’t have to try even that hard to achieve entry through human-sized portals. Most doors are built with a bit of buffer space above the ground so as to avoid scraping. These free spaces are frequently used by ants to waltz into the premises. Stop them in their tracks by sliding a door sweep in their path.
- Vents and pipes: With doors out of the way for good, the worker ant’s sources of entry tend to be open pipelines or ventilation shafts — even chimneys! Regardless of the opening, strong screens are pivotal in keeping ants from invading.
Whether fiery or odorous, carpenter or pharaoh, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the forces of an ant colony. When it comes to residential ant control in Plano, the best form of protection comes with professional assistance of Bug Head Pest Control’s expert exterminators. Call today and say goodbye to colonies everywhere.