- 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:
The most important thing a homeowner can do to prevent termites is be diligent and watch for the signs we posted in our March 1 blog post. But the next best thing is to schedule a termite inspection with DA Exterminating.
Here are some tips to keep termites out of your home.
One of a homeowner's worst nightmares is the one where his house is starting to lean and squeak due to a hidden infestation of . . . . you guess it . . . . TERMITES! In the spring we at DA Exterminating start receiving calls from anxious homeowners concerned about termites. Because of the moist environment in the New Orleans area, termites are abundant and widespread.
We’ve put together some information for you about the signs of termites in the spring. If you see any of these, don't hesitate to give us a call and we'll be out to inspect.
Large numbers of winged termites, known as "swarmers," emerge in the Spring inside homes. These are sometimes confused with flying ants. Click here to see a complete video that explains how they are different. In nature, termites swarm to disperse and start new colonies. Triggered by warmer temperatures and rainfall, the winged termites emerge from the colony and fly into the air Discovering winged termites indoors could indicate an infestation, warranting treatment.
Swarmers emerging indoors are incapable of eating wood, seldom survive, and are best removed with a vacuum. They do, however, indicate that an infestation is nearby. Oftentimes there will be no visible indication that the home is infested. Termites are cryptic creatures and infestations can go undetected for years, hidden behind walls, floor coverings, insulation, and other obstructions.
Confirmation of a termite infestation requires the keen eye of an experienced termite inspector...like the ones at DA! Knowledge of building construction is needed to identify the critical areas where termites are likely to enter. Many of these potential points of entry are hidden and difficult to access. Termite control also utilizes specialized equipment such as masonry drills, pumps, large-capacity tanks, and soil treatment rods.
Termites build mud tunnels up the foundation and use these to enter your structure. The tunnels can be the size of a pencil...or larger!
So. . . now you know! If you suspect termites, give us a call at 800-650-PEST!
If you haven’t read our blog from February 10 on the threats that cockroaches pose to your health (and happiness), read it now. We’re including here some ways to prevent cockroaches from becoming a problem in your home. Of course, if they do sneak in, don’t hesitate to call us at 800-650-PEST.
Follow these few tips to greatly reduce the chance of seeing cockroaches in your home.