Welcome to my site about pest control. I'm Miranda Maloney. Although many people fuss loudly about the presence of spiders in the home, these creatures often clear out the bugs that cause far worse problems. Spiders consume beetles, cockroaches, moths and other pests that wreak havoc throughout the house. Thankfully, however, you can hire a pest control professional to eliminate bugs in your home if you do not want to co-habitate with spiders. In fact, pest control professionals can eliminate the spiders as well. I will share information about pest control tactics, both natural and commercial, on this site. Please follow along to learn more.
Ants are one of the smallest and most common household pests that can take up residence within your home, largely because their small size makes it easier for them to find entranceways inside. However, they are also extremely numerous, which means that an infestation can quickly turn from a few ants here and there to a whole colony of thousands marching through your home. Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do before ants manage to find their way inside to reduce the chance that an infestation will occur and proactively protect your home.
1. Seal Cracks and Entranceways
Ants won't just magically appear inside: they have to find their way in, usually crawling through a gap somewhere in your home's exterior. In order to prevent this from happening, you should inspect the interior and exterior of your home, paying particular attention to the areas around your doors and windows. Gaps in the framing can be filled in using a squeeze tube of caulk, which can be found at most hardware stores. Damaged doors and windows that create openings will have to be replaced, but if the weatherstripping along the edges is worn away, you can simply cut it off and install new strips -- self-adhesive weatherstripping is available at most hardware stores and can simply be pressed into place by hand.
2. Cover Food
Another fairly easy but extremely important thing that you can do to reduce the attractiveness of the interior of your home to ants (and other pests at the same time) is to remove all food sources. This means not leaving cat and dog food out overnight, taking out the garbage regularly, doing the dishes to ensure no food scraps are left exposed, and of course, putting all leftovers into food containers and storing them in the fridge.
3. Trim Plants
Finally, another thing that you can do to reduce the risk of ants finding their way into your home is to trim back plants and bushes which may be growing near the sides of your home. These can act as a bridge or shelter for exploring ants and make it easier for them to find their way onto the side of your home, from where it is a simple step to get inside entirely. You may also want to consider moving flowerbeds away from the side of your home: too much plant growth can act as an attractive area for ants to build colonies and take up residence.
Contact a company like E & R Exterminating Company, Inc. for more information and assistance.