The colder weather is a great time of year for most people. It is a reprieve from the hot summer months and most people assume a reprieve from pests too! The problem is that there are lots of pests that are able to survive the cold months. There are others that don’t want to live in the cold and that is why they are seen invading homes. One of the pests that people think they don’t need to deal with when the weather is cold are ants. Ants are a pest that people see in the spring and summer, particularly when you are spending time outside. The problem is that ants are working frantically in the warm months to get as much food as they can. That way in the cold months they are able to stay underground and live on what they have foraged for. The problem comes when the ants are low on food and they need to go out in search for more. The best place for that is in your home. That is why even in the cold weather you need to be aware of ants and know what you can do to keep them out of your home.
Stewart Termite & Pest Control Explains How to Keep Ants from Coming in Your Home
Why We Should Never Squish Ants: When you see ants that are lined up along the counter in your kitchen your first instinct is to start killing them. They are in fact a pest and most of the time they are small enough and lined up perfectly that you can start squishing them. This is a terrible idea and you are only dealing with the ants you see. The problem is that ants work in huge colonies that reach in the thousands. Even though the colony is large, each ant has a job that can be foraging for food, caring for the queen ant or defending the colony. When there is a problem such as a pile of worker ants not coming back, the colony will adjust. They will do that by sending more ants out or reproduce to increase the work. That means you are putting a small band aid on a large problem. You also want to refrain from spraying them as well because of the same issue.
How to Prevent & Get Rid of Ants Fast: The best way to treat a colony of ants that are invading your home or property is to treat them from the source. You need to be able to stop the ants from wanting to cross over into your house. There are some home remedies that can be employed such as laying down scents that ants hate such as spraying peppermint oil on areas ants are using to gain access. You also want to call out a professional pest control company that has the ability to treat ants effectively.
Stewart Termite & Pest Control offers professional pest control treatments including for ants. We can conduct a thorough pest inspection, identify the species of ants you are dealing with and set forth a custom pest control program to eliminate ants from your property. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!