Homeowners that haven’t had to deal with invading ants are among the lucky few in Oklahoma. Unfortunately, even a tiny amount of rain may lead to these pests finding their way indoors and marching around areas you want to keep clean. Ants are one of the most common nuisance pests found in the United States, and over 20 different types are known to cause problems. While it’s not too surprising to see many people reporting issues with this pest, six simple steps can help get rid of ants.
1. Know Their Nesting Preferences
While ants are commonly found in kitchen areas because of the food and moisture that is available, these aren’t the only areas that they will be found in. Other frequent nesting sites include areas that pet food may be in, bathrooms, wall voids and around A/C units. By keeping an eye on these locations for potential intruders, the problem can generally be curbed before an infestation occurs.
2. Stop the Drip
Standing water, moisture, and leaky piping can provide more than enough water for thirsty ants looking for new nesting locations. For this reason, it is vital to ensure that any leaky pipes or other water sources are as contained as possible. In addition to this, investing in a dehumidifier for damp areas like attics or basements may also help eliminate this coveted moisture for ants.
3. Get Rid of Food Sources
Like many other pests, ants will search for food sources relentlessly. Although, ants tend to like many of the same food sources that humans like instead of feasting on wood like termites. This means that any food in the pantry that isn’t in an airtight container or even small crumbs and spills that haven’t been cleaned up could be attracting ants.
4. Rethink Your Pet’s Feeding Areas
It is not uncommon for pet owners to find their pet’s food bowl swarming with ants if it has been left out for extended periods. Keeping feeding dishes and water areas for pets as clean as possible can help eliminate the appeal for ants. However, dry food should also be stored in airtight containers to limit the chances of contamination by pests.
5. Seal Any Access Points
During the spring and summer, homeowners should actively search the perimeter of their home for any cracks or crevices that may have opened due to the home settling under changing temperatures. Even the most minor crack should be sealed with silicone caulking to limit the access that ants and other pests may have. In addition to this, bushes and shrubs that touch the home should be trimmed down.
6. Invest in Preventative Pest Control
For some homeowners, dealing with ants is a constant struggle. If a home is prone to infestation from ants or other unwanted pests, investing in preventative pest control may be the best way to bolster your defenses against them. If you are interested in learning more about these affordable and effective services, please contact us today!
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.