Ants are the number one pest problem in Canada because of the sheer number of invasive species around homes, and summer is the time of year when these pests come out in full force.
Ant control can be difficult, but there are some things you should know about how ants’ behavior can lead to big headaches for you and your home:
- Entry: Ants can enter through even the tiniest cracks, seeking water and sweet or greasy food substances in the kitchen pantry or storeroom areas.
- Scent trails: Ants leave an invisible chemical trail which contains pheromones for others to follow once they locate the food source.
- Nest locations: They can nest about anywhere in and around your house; in lawns, walls, stumps, even under foundations.
- Colony size: Can number up to 300,000 to 500,000 and whole colonies can uproot and relocate quickly when threatened.
- Colony Lifetime: A colony can live a relatively long lifetime. Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years.
- Do-it-yourself ineffectiveness: Most do-it-yourself ant control approaches only kill the ants you see. Some truly effective treatments can penetrate and destroy nests to help prevent these pests from returning. Also, home remedies don’t account for the fact that different kinds of ant infestations require different treatments.
- Clean up food and drink spills immediately.
- Rinse out cans before putting them into the recycling bin.
- Keep food stored tightly. Pick up pets’ food at night and don’t feed them outdoors.
- Seal cracks around doors and windows, and keep gutters and downspouts clean.
- Keep plants away from your home’s foundation.