- Eliminate water sources, one of the ant’s life requirements. That means repairing leaking faucets, water heaters and other water sources inside the home.
- Eliminate food sources, including any sweet spills in the kitchen. Most tiny ants that enter your home are looking for sweets, whether it’s a spilled Coke that hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned up or an open bowl of fruit.
- Pet bowls can attract ants, so keep them clean! Fido’s bowl may LOOK clean but give it a quick wash with detergent before the next feeding.
- Seal any cracks and crevices on the outside of the home with silicone caulk, paying special attention to areas where utility pipes enter.
- Rake back mulch, pine straw or other landscape bedding at least 6 inches from the structure to create a "dry zone" that ants are likely to avoid.
- If you have fruit trees nearby, remove ripe fruit from the trees and off the ground around them.
- Store outdoor trash cans and dumpsters as far away from your home as possible and be sure they have tight-fitting lids.
- Thoroughly wash out trash cans and dumpsters with an ammonia solution when needed.
- The best way to prevent ants – call DA Exterminating! 800-650-PEST
Ant prevention isn't too different from general insect prevention: the overall goal is to keep them on the OUTSIDE and prevent them from entering your home. If you take the following steps, ants should not be a major problem:
As summer approaches, ants of all kinds become more active and may invade your kitchen in search of sweets and other goodies that they love. We’ve compiled some information here about ants that we hope you’ll find interesting. Watch our June 15 blog for a list of prevention tips to help keep them out of your home.
Ants are social insects that live in colonies which are usually located in the ground, but many enter buildings for shelter and food. Ants feed on practically every type of food, but those entering homes are looking for sweets and substances containing protein.
Inside of a typical ant colony you will find thousands of ants living together and performing their individual jobs like reproducing, construction, foraging for food or defending the nest from invaders. Inside the nest the queen or queens are responsible for the reproduction of the entire colony. Worker ants remove the eggs from the queen and tend to them until they are able to care for themselves.
Why should you care?
One of the interesting things about ants is that once they enter and find what they are looking for, they “tell” the rest of the colony and before long, you have an ant circus on your kitchen counter! So long as an appealing food source is present, more and more ants will eventually find their way into your home. Once inside, they are masters at finding other sources of sweets so they will quickly spread around your kitchen.
Ants may not threaten your home like termites, or be the same threat to you and your family as poisonous spiders, but they are a terrible nuisance that are not easily eradicated. Certain ants, like carpenter ants, do pose a problem to your home as they damage wood that they nest in. And of course, if you’ve ever happened onto a fire ant nest, you know the havoc they can cause with their stings.
What to do if you have an ant infestation.
Call DA Exterminating right away so we can stop the ants before they become a real problem. (After all, who wants Aunt Ethel to see ants on the counter when she visits!) Call 800-650-PEST!
The last thing you plan for when preparing for a picnic is ANTS and other bugs. There are several things you can do to keep these pests from bugging you and ruining your festivities.
Out of around 15,000 ant species and subspecies worldwide, North America has close to 1,000 known species. Ants enter a home through small openings looking for water or food. They prefer either sweet-based food or protein/grease-based foods. Once they find a food source, they will leave a pheromone trail for other ants to follow. And follow, they do! There can be 300,000 to 500,000 in an ant colony.
The common thing most people do when they see ants in their homes is to look for a solution to get rid of them when proactive preventive measures are much more effective. Here are some:
· Blocking entry points is the most effective and the most difficult. Since ants enter through miniscule openings, it’s nearly impossible to find them all, but make an effort to caulk the ones you find.
· Clean your house, especially the kitchen, as ants are attracted to foods.
· Always cover foods you don’t store in the refrigerator.
· Wash dishes or put them in the dishwasher after meals.
· Take the trash out every day.
· Don’t allow moisture to accumulate anywhere.
If you attempt do-it-yourself ant control, you’ll likely kill only the ants you see. Because the preferences of ants vary depending on the species, home remedies don’t consider that different kinds of ants require different treatments to be effective.
If you have a larger problem than your usual do-it-yourself product can resolve, you can rely on our expert pest controllers to clear it up.
DA Exterminating can solve your ant problem quickly and effectively because we offer effective methods targeted to specific species.
Please call us today at 800-650-PEST.
Ants know numerous ways to get in your New Orleans house: holes in walls, floor and foundation, crevices in the ceiling, basement and attic. Ants invade the home to forage for food or seek shelter or both. We’ve put together 13 tips to keep ants at bay from your home! How many of these do you do? 1. Keep your house clean, especially the kitchen, as ants are attracted to food sources.
2. Clean furniture surfaces.
3. Sweep floors after meals (especially if you have small children).
4. Never leave dirty dishes in the sink.
5. Keep trash cans and bins far from your house.
6. Don’t allow moisture to build up on counters and other surfaces, as ants are attracted to water.
7. Trim trees and shrubs away from your house to prevent a superhighway for ants to access you home.
8. Remove logs and stumps as they can provide ant harborage.
9. Seal openings (wiring, plumbing) that allow access from the outside. Applying a bead of caulk or foam sealant is an efficient method of protection.
10. Keep gutters and downspouts free of leaves.
11. Store all food in covered glass or plastic containers with airtight lids.
12. Ants will often find food crumbs under refrigerators or stoves so clean these areas frequently.
13. Keep the trash can closed, clean, and emptied regularly.
Ant problems? Call DA Exterminating today at 800-650-PEST.
John and Mary were awakened one night by the sound of scratching in their ceiling. It sounded like a big creature was running very fast back and forth. They lay awake for hours wondering what could have invaded their home. The next morning, John decided it must be a squirrel. Off to the hardware store, he went in search of squirrel repellent, squirrel traps and anything else he could find. The store employee was helpful in helping find what he thought he needed. So $150 later, he headed home confident that he was armed with the best weapons to take care of the squirrel! He employed all the methods he purchased and went to bed that night, sure that they would not hear more scratching the ceiling. A week passed and every night, John & Mary told each other, “It takes time for these things to work, so we’ll give it another few days.”
Finally, after 5 more nights of scratching, they called in a professional. They did not have a squirrel in the attic, but rather a mouse infestation. The pest control company found chewed wires, mouse droppings and several mouse nesting areas.
The moral of the story: John and Mary spent a lot of money and many sleepless nights trying to take care of the pest problem they did not have. Only the professional could do the job adequately and completely!
While you may be tempted to do your own pest control, it’s not the smartest decision. Incidents have been reported where people used “bug bombs” to try to do their own pest control and ended up blowing up their home or causing serious fires.
There are many elements that we take into consideration when we perform pest control with chemical materials such as: 1. Is it the safest material for the job?
2. Is it labeled for indoor or outdoor use?
3. How often can it be applied?
4. What is the re-entry time for pets and humans?
5. Where is the best place to apply the material?
6. Do we need protective equipment to mix and apply the product?
7. How should the material be stored?
8. Will the material kill or repel the insects?
9. If material is spilled, what is the best way to clean it up?
10. And finally, are we treating for the right pest?
You may save money initially by purchasing products over the internet or in a store, but in the long run, it may cost you more than your initial investment. Professionals like our technicians at DA Exterminating know how to treat your home or business and they’ll service on a regular basis. When doing your own pest control, you tend to treat when you think you need to, and not on a regular basis. If you plan to do it yourself, pest control is one of those things you may forget about or may fall to the bottom of your “to-do” list, whereas we will be sure your house is taken care of regularly.
Lastly, by hiring DA Exterminating to take care of your pest control services, you reduce your exposure to the actual pest control products and ensure that they will be applied where they need to be.
The pest control service from DA Exterminating is a much better value and a more effective solution than the “Do It Yourself Approach”.
Ants LOVE kitchens…it’s easier pickin’s than a picnic. We’ve interviewed “Ant” Ethel to put together her story. Ants are tricky little critters, so even the most diligent homeowner has a difficult time preventing them from taking up residence in the kitchen! That’s why we offer the best ant service in our area. (But don’t tell “Ant” Ethel!)
“It was a cool night as my family and I foraged for something sweet (you know how it is to have a sweet tooth) and we were passing this huge structure when one of the smarter guys in the group yelled, ‘Over here. I found a way in.’ All of us crawled to him and found a hole just big enough for us to squeeze our 1/8” bodies slickly through so . . . in we went!
“There was an unmistaken sweet smell that we followed into a room that was like a banquet for us! We climbed up onto the counter (a long trip in itself) and there we found it! Cookie crumbs. A drop of luscious spilled honey. A few drops of spilled orange juice and some sugar crystals. This was enough for our family plus other friends who had followed us in. Wow, were we all happy!
“We ate what we could and tried to carry some back to our nest. After that, we headed back in to partake of the banquet once again. But wait! There was nothing on the counter. No honey. No cookie. No orange juice. It had been wiped clean and sanitized with something that really smelled scary.
“What were we to do? Some wise female spoke up (as wise females tend to do). ‘Let’s take a little trip around this place and see what we can find,’ she said. So we did. But we weren’t as lucky as we once were. We found virtually nothing! It was like some giant came along and cleaned up every drop of anything we’d like!”
So, here’s what we recommend to prevent ants. . .
But best of all, call DA Exterminating for our expert ant control!