Do you have an ant problem? Ask the Pest Expert!


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QUESTION: WHEN THE SEASONS CHANGE, IT SEEMS THAT THE ANT PROBLEM AROUND MY HOME AND YARD EXPLODES. HOW DO I KEEP THE ANTS OUT OF MY HOUSE? —Shirley in Columbia

Many homeowners call us with ant problems. In fact, it’s the most common reason for a first visit for a pest management professional. You can attempt to control the problem yourself by carefully sealing cracks around doors, windows, and baseboards; storing food in sealed containers and keeping counters/surfaces as clean as possible; and putting sticky barriers around anything and everything that might attract ants.If these efforts are not enough, it may be time to get the help of a pest management professional who can offer a more comprehensive approach to address the special challenges of ant control. A thorough inspection and identification of the location, species, and nesting conditions should be the first step in any integrated approach. Most pest management professionals will offer protection in three layers:

  • Exterior treatment to home (the structure itself): Ants passing through the treated area will get insecticide on their bodies and transfer the active ingredient to nest mates through routine social contact. This method can control ants that never make direct contact with a treated surface. They need only to contact other ants that have been exposed.
  • Exterior treatment away from home structure: Trees, planting beds, or outdoor garbage cans can foster the growth of ant populations. Treating these areas with bait stations will aid in control and help prevent newly invading colonies from setting up close to your house.
  • Inside your home: Because there are so many species of ants and so many treatment situations, there is a broad range of indoor control products to treat them, from low-dose insecticides to bait stations to prescription treatment formulations for severe infestations. Talk to your pest professional about the safest and most effective treatment plan.

Bill Brown currently serves as our resident pest expert and is happy to answer all your questions about protecting your home from rodents, bugs, termites and pests of all types.

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