It is easy for an ant problem to get out of control. Out of nowhere, you can start finding hundreds of ants in your pantry, kitchen, garage, or some other location. But before ants get inside, they come into your yard and explore the exterior of your Lexington home. If you understand what ants are looking for, you can get some control of the ant populations near your foundation walls. Consider the following tips for reducing and controlling ants.
Many ant species eat bugs. If you have a lot of bugs around your home, you'll have more ants. Bugs live in moist habitats. Reducing moisture can help to reduce bugs. Implement these tips to reduce moisture and remove moist habitats.
Check your gutters. A clean and properly working gutter system is key to a dry foundation perimeter.
Water your plants in the early morning if you're able. This gives the sun an opportunity to dry the topsoil and also your plants. When plants stay moist, it can lead to plant rot. This invites aphids and other plant-damaging pests.
When this happens, those insects excrete honeydew on your plants and invite ants to crawl around in your landscaping, searching for this preferred food source.
Rake leaves and other organic debris away from your walls. When you allow leaves to pile up or lay on the ground, you provide the perfect habitat for bugs, and the ants that eat them.
Move objects away from your exterior walls. If you have an object near your home that blocks the sun, the area underneath is a perfect place for bugs to live.
Reduce Organic Decay
Many ant species are drawn to rotting organic material or food sources. They can find these in your trash or on the receptacle itself. If you keep your receptacles clean, you can reduce the scent that attracts ants. It is also important to dispose of your trash weekly.
If your exterior were completely sealed, it wouldn't matter how many ants were crawling around outside. Unfortunately, it is impossible to remove every entry point ants can take advantage of. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't try. Reducing entry points can reduce how often scout ants come into your home. Keep in mind that an infestation begins with one of these little scout ants. When that scout finds food, it takes a piece and starts its journey back to the nest. Along the way, it lays down a pheromone scent for other workers to follow. Slowly, more and more ants follow it and lay down more pheromones as they return to the nest. Before you know it, hundreds, thousands, and even hundreds of thousands of ants can be going in and out of your home.
Use a caulking gun to seal around your doors and windows. These are common entry points.
Make sure your screens are free of holes.
Inspect your weatherstripping and get rid of gaps.
Inspect pipes that pass through your foundation and seal any gaps around them.
When To Use Pest Control
The tips above can make your home more resistant to an infestation, but some homes have unique challenges. You may have ant-attracting conditions that are difficult to alter, or you may have a larger-than-normal influx of ants into your yard. If so, it may be necessary to use ant-control products to get your problem fixed. These are best deployed by a professional who is able to properly identify your ant pests and select the most effective and eco-friendly products for the job. If you live in Lexington, South Carolina, remember that Lamp's Pest Solutions is available to assist you with all of your pest control needs. Connect with us today and schedule a service visit. We're here to help.