Ant colonies may be located underground, in ground-level mounds, or in trees; but they usually do not build colonies inside your home. However, cold weather and available food sources may drive them indoors. The main ant colony may be located outside in your yard, but foraging ants will enter your home, find a food source, and leave an invisible chemical trail for other ants to follow. Those ants may stay in one area, but they might also branch out to other parts of your home. This can be especially problematic if you are being invaded by certain species of ants (fire ants can sting and carpenter ants can damage wood).
- If you see a trail of ants, trace it to one end to eliminate their food source and trace it to the other end to seal up their entry point.
- Vacuum up trails and wipe with soapy water or cleaning products.
- Clean counters and tables after eating.
- Vacuum and clean floors regularly.
- Seal pantry products (flour, cereal, etc.) in plastic bags or containers.
- Store any sweets and fruits in the refrigerator or in sealed bags or containers.
- Do not leave pet food out except during mealtimes.
- Avoid leaving a sink full of dishes for any extended period, especially overnight.
- Remove and minimize moisture: fix water leaks and make sure gutters and downspouts are directing rain away from your house.
Trust Truly Nolen
Ants can be very difficult for the average homeowner to manage. Cleaning can help prevent or eliminate some ants, but if you have a winter ant problem that you can’t eliminate—call Truly Nolen! Our pest professionals can identify the source(s) of the problem, locate and identify the ant species invading your home, and set up a targeted elimination program. Correct identification is crucial because different ant species have different behaviors and habitats. Your Truly Nolen pest management professional will apply their knowledge and expertise to your situation to create an effective ant elimination and management program. Plus, if you are not completely satisfied with our service, we will come back at no charge to solve the problem as some pests will require multiple trips.
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At Truly Nolen we pride ourselves on our commitment to the environment and our customers, included four-legged family members! We utilize an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach and innovative treatment protocols with the environment, your home and your pets always in mind.