A Step-By-Step Guide To Effective Ant Control For Your Brawley Home
June 15, 2020 - Ants
What do you think when you hear the word invasion? Do you think of little green aliens flying around in UFOs? What about soldiers riding in on tanks? What comes to some homeowners’ minds when they think about invasion are ants. What sets ants apart from aliens and soldiers is that they are much more likely to be found in your home this summer. The question is, what are you doing to stop them? If your answer is “nothing” then we have just the step-by-step guide for you.
Common Ants Around Brawley
Southern California is home to a wide range of ant pests. We have Argentine ants, carpenter ants, harvester ants, little black ants, pharaoh ants, odorous house ants, fire ants, velvety tree ants, thief ants, and many more. Some of these ants are dangerous, others are destructive, but most are no more than a nuisance. Regardless of which are causing trouble for you around your Brawley home, here are some steps you can use to keep them away.
Step One - Deep Cleaning
When it comes to keeping pests out of your Brawley home, a good deep cleaning is where you should start. When doing this, do not neglect to wipe cupboards and to fully clean beneath all appliances. Keep in mind that it only takes a small pile of crumbs to feed a colony of ants. The less food and drink messes ants can find in and around your home the less likely they will be to stick around if they find their way inside.
Step Two - Limit Their Access To Food
Your home will always have food and beverages around, you cannot change this. What you can change is how easily accessible these necessities are to invading ants. We recommend after you are done with a meal to store your leftovers inside airtight containers. In addition to this, consider repackaging dried foods such as cereal and rice inside sealed containers. Addressing moisture problems is one great way to limit ants’ availability to water. This can be done by fixing leaks, eliminating standing pools of water, and using a dehumidifier around particularly humid areas of your home. Finally, if you have pets, make sure to pick up and clean out their food and water bowls after they are done with them.
Step Three - Seal Up Your Home
One of the best ways you can keep ants out of your home is to eliminate entry points they might use to get inside. To start, use a caulking gun to seal up gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation as well as spacing around window and door frames. After you are done with this, check weather stripping along with door and window screens around your home, make sure they are all in good working condition. For extra protection, make sure all of your exterior doors are equipped with door sweeps. If you find a trail of ants inside your home, try to find where they are coming in and seal off their entry point using putty or caulk.
The Most Important Step To Keep Ants Away
It is not easy to keep up with ant prevention. If you are looking for an easier and more effective solution, we have options for you here at Imperial County Pest Control. Our team of qualified residential pest experts and commercial pest exterminators is standing by and ready to provide the necessary treatments to remain ant-free, year-round.
Reach out to our team today to schedule professional pest management for your Brawley property. Your freedom from ants is just a phone call away.