How To Get Rid Of Ants In Your Riverton Home
September 15, 2021 - Ants
When was the last time you noticed an ant crawling around inside your Riverton home? Some locals find these pests indoors regularly. The question is, why are ants choosing to invade your living areas. Is there something indoors that they love to eat, or is there something else going on? Here are some reasons these pests might be invading your home and some ant control tips to keep them out. Contact Tanner Pest Control for help with ant control.
What Ants Live In Riverton?
There are several dozen species of ants in Riverton. Thankfully, most never find themselves inside local dwellings. The species you should be concerned about causing trouble inside your home are carpenter ants, field ants, pavement ants, and harvester ants. Carpenter ants pose an especially serious threat with the way they tunnel their nests into structural wood.
The Dangers Of Ants
Ants are scavenging pests. Sometimes their desire to gather food leads them to invade dirty areas like trash cans and the space behind your fridge. They pick up dangerous disease-causing organisms from these locations. They then spread bacteria over countertops, kitchen tables, and left-out food. Two diseases you might contract from ants include salmonellosis and staphylococcus.
What Kills Ants?
Killing an ant is easy. If you are not squeamish, all it takes is a firm slap or even a press with one of your fingers. Things get difficult when you start looking for ways to eliminate entire colonies of these pests. Most often, this requires killing the queen ant. The problem with this is that queens usually stay deep underground inside their colonies. To make things more difficult, some nests have dozens of queens ready to take over in case of an attack. If you are having trouble with ants inside or around your Riverton home, we recommend not trying to eliminate these pests on your own. Many pesticides and control methods to eliminate ants are dangerous when used improperly. We also believe that they are a big waste of money, as they rarely fully solve a problem but rather put a bandage on things and stop ants for a short time.
How To Get Rid Of Ants Naturally
The use of ant pesticides is not always necessary to control these pests. If ants are invading through damage to your home’s exterior and do not have a nest indoors, then there are many natural control methods you can use to keep them out. Here are a few our experts recommend:
- Seal holes, gaps, and cracks in your exterior foundation using caulk.
- Make sure your doors and windows have adequate weatherstripping, door sweeps, and screens.
- Clear out a five-foot area around your home's perimeter so that things can stay dry.
- Repair or replace wood around your home that has water damage, rot, or is in a state of decay.
- Fix leaky pipes and eliminate water buildup.
- Make sure your gutters are working properly and clean.
- Keep your house clean and uncluttered.
- Store leftovers and pantry items inside of airtight containers.
- Invest in tight-fitting lids for your trash cans.
Does Professional Ant Control Work?
Your best option is to trust the Riverton pest experts at Tanner Pest Control when it comes to premium home pest control and commercial pest control solutions in Riverton. We use advanced control products and elimination strategies to get and keep these invasive pests out of homes. Our team will use their experience to make sure you and your house have protection against problematic ants.
Call our team today to learn more and find a time that works to have your Riverton home inspected for ants.