As summer rolls on, you will likely spend more and more time outside, with your doors and windows open to enjoy the warm air. But humans aren't the only ones enjoying warm days, and ants see open doors and windows as an invitation inside. If ants keep appearing on your counters and floors, then you need home ant control solutions. Here are some tips to prepare your home for ants in summer.
Home Ant Control for You
Unfortunately, ants in your home can be a sign of larger unseen issues. Ants could be entering your home through damaged wood near the foundation. Although termites are not an issue near Seattle, wood-destroying bugs like carpenter ants are common here in the Pacific Northwest. The entry points that ants use to get in your house could signify structural damage or drainage problems in your home, and could lead to more significant pest infestations.
When ants get in your home, the safest move is to call a professional pest control company. Eastside Exterminators are the premiere pest experts in the Seattle area, and our certified technicians will make sure your home is clean, safe and protected. Call us today at (425) 482-2100 to schedule an inspection!
Preparing Your Home for Ants
There are a number of step you can take towards ant-proofing your home. Although it's very difficult to completely get rid of ants without pest management professionals, getting your home ready for ants is possible.
- Keep you floors and counters clean. Virtually the only reason ants get into your house is to find food. Ants on your counters, ants under the sink, ants on your floors -- they're all looking for food. If you keep your floors and counters clean and your foods sealed and put away, then ants will have nothing drawing them into your home.
- Seal cracks and gaps in walls, windows and doors. If there are no holes in your home, then ants can't get in! Check the many access points in and out of your home, including ducts, pipes, vents, shingles and foundation. Seal openings with pest-resistant materials.
- Clear plants, mulch, trash and other debris from alongside your house. Ants and other pests like to live in these dirty places, and having them right next to your house invites bugs to find a way into your house. Keep plants and piles of debris away from your home.
- Find the source. Ants do not live in your house. Instead, they come in to find food to bring back to their colony outside. Find the underground colony, so you can get rid of ants for good.
Professional Pest Control for Ants
These are preventative measures, but they aren't foolproof ways to keep ants out. To keep ants out forever you need pest control experts. If you already have an ant infestation, then you definitely need home ant control from professionals. Eastside Exterminators provides top-notch pest control from certified, trained professionals. Our experts will get ants out of your home, and make sure they stay out.
Call us today at (425) 482-2100 to set up an appointment with a pest management professional. Summer is here, so protect your home from ants!