Four Easy And Effective Ant Prevention Tips For Boise Homeowners

March 15, 2021

Pests are just simply no good. They are constantly invading Boise homes, getting into meals, and wrecking belongings. Some of the most worrisome ones are those that bite, sting, scratch, or spread germs that cause illness in humans. What’s worse is that they are rarely easy to eliminate because of their tiny frames and the difficulty to reach their hiding places. Further, they might have immunity to insecticides and other products, and they reproduce at the speed of light. Many of these traits can apply to ants.

an ant infesttaion in a home

Contrary to popular belief, ants are not harmless. They walk around with countless spores of bacteria on their skin. The result is often contaminated food and surfaces. Several species have even more risk factors beyond this. It’s important to take preventative steps because you’ll be in for a battle once ants have infiltrated. Use these four helpful tips from Owyhee Environmental.

Tip #1 Think About Structure

On top of being very small, ants have lithe bodies. Since they can effortlessly get through holes of every size, you’ll want to patch up any you see in utilities, foundations, walls, windows, and doors. Sometimes, caulk can be quite useful. Then, check your sweeps and screens to make sure they are in good condition. Don’t hesitate to have moisture dysfunctions, such as leaks, repaired. In part, ants are motivated by water to penetrate homes.

Tip #2 Pay Attention to The State Of Your Lawn

Ants are never far away from your abode because they hang out in the yard. Tall grass is inviting to them, so cut it down regularly. You can’t forget about your flowers and plants, as they are often ideal hubs for these bugs. Keep your greenery trimmed, and push it away from the property by two feet or more. Get rid of leaves and other organic debris. Decaying or overgrown matter, soil, and mulch attracts multitudes of species, especially carpenter and pavement ants.

Carpenter Ants: This class is ½ of an inch long or less. A great number are black. However, lots are yellow, orange, tan, brown, red, or reddish-black. Similar to termites, winged swarmers are a part of their colonies. They can wreck domiciles by digging tunnels and making nests in wood.

Pavement Ants: These pests are 0.09 to 0.12 of an inch long. Though they are predominately brown or black, their appendages are paler in color. You’ll discover the ants by driveways, sidewalks, porches, and decks. Lawns and soil are ruined by their burrowing activities.  

Indoors, they’ll be in the kitchen. Be careful; they can sting you.

Tip #3 Manage Food And Trash Storage

Pure and simple, food and garbage belong in canisters with airtight lids. If you reduce the open meal supply, it will discourage odorous house ants and other subgroups. Routinely washing the dishes and cleaning the kitchen thoroughly will help too. Avoid letting full trash bags sit around, and vacuum frequently.

Odorous House Ants: These 0.12 of an inch long critters are black or brown. A rotten coconut smell will come out when they’re squished. Their bites cause moderate pain. Pipes, heaters, and anything else that offers moisture and warmth will be their nesting spot. 

Tip #4 Contact Owyhee Environmental  

We at Owyhee Environmental go above and beyond to find ant nests and entry points so that your issues with them will be resolved. Our experienced technicians will survey rooms, eaves, the lawn, and more. The reasonably priced plans we provide are comprehensive, including granulated, barrier, and repellent treatments. Our solutions are safe for humans and domestic animals; guaranteed. When you contact us at Owyhee Environmental today, you’ll receive an instant quote!

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