Don't Leave It Up To Chance
Ants can be gross. There is no other way to say it. When you open a cabinet and find hundreds of them crawling on a package of food, it can gross you out. It can also leave you wondering how on Earth those ants got into your home. The answer to that depends on what ants you found. Most ants get in through gaps, cracks, and holes in your foundation and exterior walls. But there is one type of ant that can actually chew its way into your home. They're called carpenter ants. And carpenter ants require a slightly different strategy when it comes to prevention.
Tips for Keeping Non-Destructive Ants Out
As you can probably imagine, sealing gaps and cracks is key to keeping non-destructive ants out. Some common entry points these ants exploit are:
- Gaps in the weatherstripping around exterior doors.
- Holes or gaps around the outside of door and window frames. Sometimes these are gaps that form over time. Sometimes they are damage done by wood-damaging pests.
- Missing or damaged door sweeps.
- Cracks in foundation walls or concrete walls.
- Broken mortar between bricks.
- Unprotected weep holes in brick homes.
Seal and protect the entry points listed above to prevent ants from getting into your home. Use a caulking gun, a stucco sealer, or replace damaged items.
Before these ants get into your home, there are many attractants that can draw them close to your home. Some of them might actually surprise you.
- If you have exterior trash, your receptacles can attract ants. Routinely clean your receptacles to reduce the smells that draw ants in close.
- If you have a concrete walkway, you could have ants living in the cracks or underneath. Concrete slabs provide protection from the harsh Arizona sun. The same is true of cobblestone.
- If you have a gravel area in your yard, you may have the conditions for pest activity. Gravel areas can look dry on top and be extremely moist below. This is because the sun dries the rocks much quicker than it is able to dry the soil underneath. This creates the perfect environment for many species of ant. Keep this in mind when you water plants that are in gravel landscaping. Just give those plants the water they need.
- If you have densely shaded areas around your home, ants will love you for it. Trim trees, bushes and shrubs to let the sunlight in.
- If you have an outdoor kitchen, ants will be drawn to the tasty crumbs and morsels that can be found on the ground or in gaps and crevices.
Tips for Controlling Carpenter Ants
When carpenter ants encroach upon your home, it is likely to be due to some wood source in your yard. This might be a dying tree. It might be logs, driftwood decorations, old wood fencing, stumps, landscape borders, or something else made of decaying or dead wood. Carpenter ants are particularly attracted to wood that is wet or rotting. Here are some ways you can resist carpenter ants:
- Remove any rotting wood from your yard.
- Address areas of dampness around your home. Carpenter ants know that rotting wood can be found in locations that are wet. Keeping things dry can keep these ants at bay.
- Address any rotting wood on porches, decks, and patios.
If you have plants around your home, you may have all the incentive carpenter ants need. These ants feed on the honeydew excreted by aphids and scale insects. In fact, they love honeydew so much, carpenter ants will sometimes enslave aphids for honeydew production. If you have aphids or scale insects producing honeydew on your plants, the best way to control them is to have routine pest control treatments applied around your home.
The Best Tip We Can Give
When it comes to controlling ants in Tulsa, the best solution is to let the pest control professionals here at Montgomery Exterminating take care of them. Our team knows the ants that plague Tulsa homes. For real results and not inflated promises, reach out to us today to schedule a free pest control estimate. Ants can be more than just gross. They can spread harmful bacteria and also damage your property. Reach out to us today get your pest protection in place.