Now that Oklahoma is receiving consistently warm temperatures, you are likely to start noticing the vast array of insects stirring from their slumber. In Oklahoma, one of the worst pests this time of year are ants. Follow these prevention methods to avoid ant infestation this spring.
Seal Entry Points
Ants are notoriously good at finding even the smallest cracks that can give them entry into a home. To remedy this problem, it is important to start checking for any cracks or holes that may have formed during the winter months. In the event that cracks are found, it is important to seal them as soon as possible with caulk.
Remove Scent Trails
Ants follow established routes to and from food sources that are lined with secretions from other ants. When ants pick up on these smells, they will know exactly where the entry point is located and invite many more friends. The easiest way to remedy this problem is by cleaning the entry points with a detergent to remove the scent trail that has been created.
Remove Food and Water Sources
As with any other pest, easy access to food and water will always entice ants. Leaky pipes or leftover food crumbs can sustain a large number of ants for a good period of time. However, it is likely they are finding crumbs and water sources you may not even know exist. Thoroughly cleaning your kitchen and other food prep or eating areas can help limit the amount of food they are finding.
Sealing Food Sources
Many factory packaging methods allow for the smell of foods to easily permeate outside of the bag. This is especially true for products that are opened but have no resealing mechanism. If you are suffering from an ant problem or are prone to ant infestation, it is important to keep all food sealed in airtight containers.
At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.