Tip 1: Identify Type of Ant.
3 of the most common ants that invade our homes and yards.
Argentine Ants: are the little house and picnic ants that are attracted to sweets. These ants are harmless, but they can carry diseases. If there is a colony nearby you will start seeing ants everywhere around your home, especially in the kitchen.
Carpenter Ants: are known for destroying wood. They do not eat wood but hollow out wood to make their nest. If not detected carpenter and can-do damage to wooden structures. Carpenter ants are larger than Argentine ants which makes them easier to spot.
Odorous Ants: help transport aphids which produce a byproduct called honeydew that they use as their primary food source. They prefer to build their nest outdoors under rocks and soil but will build them anywhere. They are highly resistant to heat, cold, and injury. Rain will cause them to move inside because their food source is washed away.
Ants are attracted to moist wood, repaired roofs, leaky chimneys, and plumbing leaks.
Tip 2: Trim trees and bushes.
Tip 3: Keep food in the kitchen and keep the kitchen clean.
Tip 4: Properly seal windows, doors, and walls.
Tip 5: Store food in a sealed container.
Tip 6: Exterminate in the winter.
Tip 7: Call a professional for your extermination of ants.