There are many different types of ants in Colorado, and with the onset of warmer weather, ant activity tends to increase. Homeowners in Denver and Boulder are starting to see an abundance of sugar ants, which are most active during the summer. Sugar ants are the small ants in the kitchen that are probably searching around for any sweet treats that were left behind. You can identify them by their orange or brownish color bodies with black heads and mandibles. So, what can you do to prevent sugar ants from invading your kitchen counters and home this summer? Here are a few tips from the Denver pest control pros at EnviroPest by Sprague Pest Solutions.
Since sugar ants are usually searching for food in the kitchen, you want to make sure that you keep all open food covered and wipe up crumbs and spills.
Only running about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length, it is important to keep all windows closed or screened off so that sugar ants cannot easily crawl inside.
Take the trash out of your home on a regular basis to eliminate food sources to ants. Also, once outside, it is best to keep garbage stored in bins with lids to keep ants and other pests away.
As an added precaution, if you have not already inspected the exterior of your home to seal off cracks or holes, now is a great time to do so.
Trim back tree branches that are touching the side of your home. When branches or shrubs touch the side of the home they are creating a bridge for ants as well as other critters to crawl onto and then possibly into your home.
In addition to following these ant prevention tips, to get rid of sugar ants and the many other pests of the summer, sign up for our HomeSmart Pest Prevention Program. This seasonal home pest control program is the ideal solution to avoiding pest infestations such as ants, before they become a problem in your Colorado home. Give us a call today to learn more!