Are You Ready For The Spring Ant Invasion In The Bronx?
Have you ever wondered where the ants in your Bronx home come from? Sometimes it seems like they appear out of thin air. Other times you can catch them trailing in and out of a hole through your wall or floor. However, when you seal the hole they came out from, they simply find another way in. After today, ants won’t stand a chance at invading your home. With this step-by-step prevention guide, we will teach you how to be a master at keeping your home ant-free.
The Problems Ants Pose
Most ants are just a nuisance and pose no real threat to you or your home. There are a few, however, that have been known to cause trouble. Pharaoh ants can spread diseases such as Salmonellosis, staphylococcus, and clostridium. Carpenter ants can literally eat you out of house and home. Not only do these large ants love snacking on food inside your home, but they also love chewing their way through the home itself. Although they do not eat the wood they tunnel through, they can cause significant damage to it.
Prevention Step Number 1: Eliminate Available Food Sources
The first and most important thing you can do to prevent ants from coming into your Bronx home is to eliminate food sources. Now, this doesn’t mean throwing all the food in your house away, but rather to restrict ants' access to it. Things you can do to accomplish this include making sure your trashcans have tight-fitting lids, storing leftover food inside airtight containers, cleaning regularly, and picking up and cleaning out pet food and water bowls after they are done using them.
Prevention Step Number 2: Reduce Moisture
Many ants love moisture. Carpenter ants in particular prefer water-damaged wood to build their nests in. By reducing moisture around your home, you can greatly reduce your chances of having trouble with ants. Here are some things you can do.
- Fix leaky piping and fixtures.
- Make sure your home’s gutters are working properly.
- Eliminate sources of standing water around your home.
- Use dehumidifiers to reduce moisture in the air within your home.
Another thing you should do is repair or replace wood on your home that has been negatively affected by water damage, rot, or decay. This specifically makes your home less susceptible to carpenter ant infestations.
Prevention Step Number 3: Seal Up Your Home
The last thing you can do to keep ants from invading your Bronx home is to make sure its exterior is properly sealed. This can be done using a caulking gun. Use this caulking gun to fill in gaps along the edges of window and door frames, cracks in your home’s exterior foundation, and spacing around utility piping. In addition to this, make sure your window and door screens are in good condition and that all doors leading out of your home are equipped with door sweeps. The less accessible your home is to ants, the less likely you are to have problems with them.
The Most Effective Ant Control
Ant prevention can be difficult. Miss one crack and forget about one mess and ants will invade in a heartbeat. To ensure your home has the best defense possible against troublesome ants, trust the professionals here at No Bug Pest Control. Our team of experts has solutions for any species of ants looking to find snacks inside or to chew through the wood of your home.
Are you curious to learn more about our pest control services? Reach out to us today. We will find your best pest control option at a price that is affordable.