Like many insects, ants become most active during the summer when temperatures are at their highest. The warmth of the sun gives ants energy to work, build their nests, forage for food, and defend their colonies against potential threats. Most Augusta residents have seen ant mounds along sidewalks and in lawns. Usually, we are content to leave them alone, after all, they are an important part of the ecosystem, cleaning up rotting organic matter, feces, and dead animals. However, just because they are beneficial outdoors, does not mean it is good to have them inside the house.
Problems Caused by Invading Ants
If ants are able to move from your yard to your home, problems can arise. While ants are tiny (usually between 5mm and 15mm in length) they can be harmful. Carpenter ants can cause major issues by carving out tunnels and large nesting galleries in the wooden parts of a structure. Over time, this can lead to cracking ceilings, sagging floorboards, and sticking windows. Pharaoh ants and odorous house ants are known for contaminating food items and spreading bacteria that can lead to diseases in humans. And even "harmless" ants can be disturbing when seen marching in a solid line across the kitchen floor or, worse, covering a plate of leftover food left out on the counter.
Ant Prevention Methods for Augusta Residents
We believe there’s no better way to protect your home from ants than by reaching out to professional pest control experts. But you can also try these prevention methods to make your home less appealing to ants.
- Keep moisture around your property to a minimum. Ants, mosquitoes, and other insects are drawn to areas with high humidity. Dump out items that collect water, clear your gutters of debris, remove water-damaged wood from your home, and cut back foliage to allow the sun to dry moisture along your foundation.
- Remove all potential food sources inside and outside. Pet food, open garbage cans, crumbs on your floors, and leftovers on your counters are some of the most common reasons ants are attracted to Augusta homes.
- Invest in quality ant and pest control services.
No matter how hard you try to prevent ants from getting in, sometimes they get in anyway. And ant infestations are difficult to handle without professional help. Here at Bug Busterzzz Pest Control, we deal with pest problems in a professional and timely manner. We will keep your home pest-free without disrupting your daily routine. Our pest experts have the tools and expertise to effectively remove your ant problem and protect your home from future infestations. Contact us today to learn more about our ant control services!