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2014

Nuisance ants have their own unique reputation. They are not known to bite or sting people like the fire ant and they are not destructive like the carpenter ant. However, even though they cause no structural damage and pose little health risk, they gain notoriety through their large numbers and seemingly continual infestations. Many homeowners feel like they are capable of getting rid of these pests and yet ant control continues to be a huge problem with ants in the spring each year. Some of the more common nuisance ants include the odorous ant and the pavement ant. These are the tiniest of ants, measuring from 1/10th to 1/16th of an inch.

Homeowners often try to eradicate these nuisance pests with their own “do it yourself” measures rather than utilizing professional home pest control services. Unfortunately, this is rarely ever successful because, at best, only those ants seen at the moment of application are affected. DIY sprays purchased over the counter and home remedies do not get to the root of the problem, which is the ant colony or nest. This is where the queen resides and she and the entire colony must be eradicated or the nuisance ant will keep infesting your home in their quest for food. Sprague Pest Solutions is the leading authority on pest control and prevention. Their new technologies are specifically designed to provide the needed services of homeowners and businesses.

Even more importantly than knowing how to get rid of ants is learning how to prevent ants from gaining access into the home. This will go a long way in establishing an ant free home for good. There are several preventative tips to help establish an ant free lifestyle.

  • Ants enter your home in search of food and water. Store all leftover food in sealed containers. Leave nothing on the counter that will attract the foraging ant.

  • Thoroughly clean all countertops, cupboards and pantries, removing any crumbs or traces of food. Clean under the stove and refrigerator; this is a great location for spilled drinks and food to accumulate.

  • Inspect the exterior of your home, looking for any possible point of entry. Caulk around all windows, doors and utility line entrances to the home. Remember, the tiniest of cracks to us is a spacious opening for an ant.

  • Look for any sign of an ant colonies. The pavement ant will almost always have a small mound of fine dirt at the entrance of the colony. These are easily seen in cracks of concrete sidewalks and driveways.

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Apply these simple prevention measures and enjoy an ant free lifestyle!