June

28

2012

 
ants infesting a plate of food

Don't let ants take over your business! Follow these tips to help keep them outside.

Summer has arrived here in the Pacific Northwest and along with it, ants!  While opening doors and windows to the fresh air may seem like a good idea, it could leave your facility wide open to ant infestations. In our region, there are several species of ants that could make their way indoors but for time’s sake we’ll just focus on a couple of ants that pose the largest threat to property and potentially a company’s image.  

Carpenter ants are those wood destroying ants that form their colonies inside of wood structures and in order to do so they carve away at the wood. Although they prefer to nest in moist, decaying wood, if they find a way inside of your facility they will have no problems infesting sound wood. Even though carpenter ants do not eat wood like termites do, their damages can still be very costly to your business. Nuisance ants such as pavement ants are not capable of structural damage, however they could mar your company’s image if spotted (in large numbers) in or around the facility foraging for food.  

Pest activity, whether harmless or not suggest to potential or existing customers that perhaps your facility is not as well-kept as it could be and unfortunately it could drive away even the most loyal of customers. At Sprague we understand that companies spend a lot of time building and maintaining their  reputation and for that reason and more, we offer a few tips that can help you protect your facility from ant infestations. To avoid ants in your commercial environment, you should:

  • Keep all windows and doors closed unless they are secured with a screen.

  • Take the trash out regularly and keep it stored away from the exterior in closed containers.

  • Remove cardboard, crates and other rubbish from loading docks and from around dumpsters.

  • Seal off any cracks or holes on the exterior of the facility.

  • Keep all open food stored in containers with tight fitting lids.

  • Clean up any spills or crumbs immediately.

  • Do not let grease and other food debris accumulate on, under or around appliances.

  • Repair leaking faucets, pipes and fixtures.

  • Eliminate excessive moisture.

When owners, managers and employees follow the ant prevention tips listed above, the chances of ant and other pest problems should be reduced and the headache of major infestations avoided.  If ant problems already exist in your facility or you’d like to find out how Sprague’s commercial pest control services can help, please contact us today! Proudly serving the Pacific Northwest including Seattle, Portland and Eugene, Sprague also offers comprehensive pest management to businesses in Salt Lake City, Utah and Boise, Idaho