10 Quick Ant Control Tips For Norfolk Property Owners

June 15, 2020

Did you know that there are over 10 trillion ants on planet Earth? With a little math that is over 50 thousand ants per square mile. All this in mind, it becomes a lot easier to understand why ants are such a problem around Norfolk homes. With such large numbers, ants are constantly looking for new sources of food, water, and shelter. Often these needs drive them into our homes. If you would rather not have to deal with ants invading your Norfolk property this year, here are ten quick control tips you can use to keep them out.

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A Few Problems Ants Cause

Not all ants are harmless food stealers. Some can get you and your family very sick. For instance, Pharaoh ants are known for spreading a large number of dangerous diseases including salmonellosis, staphylococcus, streptococcus, and clostridium.

There are even some species of ant, such as the carpenter ant that use homes to build their nests. They do this by tunneling galley ways out of wood. Over time this behavior can lead to tens of thousands of dollars in home repair costs and structural damage.

Why Ants Invade Homes

Different ants want different things. Many ants will live outside of homes underground and will only come inside in search of food and water sources. To do this ant colonies will first send out scouts. If a scout finds food or water they will return to their colony, gather friends, and work together to harvest everything they can from that source.

The other reason ants invade homes is to find or build shelter. This most often happens when weather conditions outside are unfavorable for ants. Cold weather and storms are two common reasons ants will venture inside. However, carpenter ants don’t enter into homes due to unfavorable weather, but because they need wood to build their nest.

How You Can Reduce Attractants and Entry Points

To properly prevent ants, you have to first eliminate entry points and remove attractants from your home. Here are ten ways our experts recommend you do this.

  • Perform a thorough cleaning of your home at least once a week. Make sure not to neglect beneath furniture, large appliances, or in tough to reach places.

  • Store leftover food inside of airtight containers after you have finished a meal.

  • Pick up and clean out your pet’s food and water bowls when not in use.

  • Repair leaky pipes and fixtures in and around your home.

  • Check your exterior gutters and make sure they are properly channeling water away from your home’s exterior.

  • Repair or replace water damaged wood around your home.

  • Use liquid cement or a caulking gun to seal up gaps, cracks, and holes in your home’s exterior foundation.

  • Make sure all of your window and door screens are rip and tear-free.

  • Invest in high-quality door sweeps for all exterior doors.

  • Keep your yard and landscaping well maintained and branches trimmed away from the exterior of your home.

The Absolute Best Way To Keep Ants Off Your Norfolk Property

Keeping up with ant prevention on your own is not an easy task. Sometimes even with vigilance and dedication problems still arise. To make sure this doesn’t happen, and to make life easier for you, we offer high-quality pest control services here at Hometown Pest Control. We can make sure ants stay out of your home and off your property, all you have to do is give us a call.

Reach out to our team today for any questions, or to schedule your home for an inspection.

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