How To Handle Ant Infestations In Your Anaheim Home
September 07, 2022 - Ants
When you were growing up, do you remember someone saying to you, "You got ants in your pants"? If so, what did they mean? They meant that you couldn't sit still because it was as if ants were crawling all over you! The thought of ants crawling all over you makes you feel itchy and uncomfortable.
You can't relax if you think there are ants in the house. If you have ants in your home, you need the Anaheim pest control company, A-1 Bonded Termite. We will eliminate the ants; you don't have to feel like you have "ants in your pants."
The Importance Of Regular Ant Control Treatments
Ant control in your house requires regular treatments for several reasons. First, whenever ants discover your home is a food source, they begin to create trails to the home by releasing pheromones. These chemical trails led other ants to your Anaheim home, so even though you may kill the ants with treatment, as long as there are pheromone trails, ants will keep coming.
Second, a treatment may kill many ants, but it may not get all the ant nests. Sawdust-like fecal material at the nest entrance indicates carpenter ants, but other ants do not give us location clues. There may be ant nests throughout the house, and it is unlikely that one or two treatments will eradicate all nests.
Third, ants continue to reproduce. Treatment may reduce the ant population, but if there are surviving queen ants, they will continue to produce new generations of ants. Therefore, the eradication of ants requires a schedule of consistent treatments.
Should I Kill Ants I See Around My Home?
Ants in Anaheim are beneficial to the ecosystem; however, you don't want ants outside to come indoors for these reasons:
- Ants spread disease: Although not all ants are disease carriers, ants, like the pharaoh ant, are linked to over a dozen pathogens.
- Ants contaminate food: As ants crawl over rotten food and garbage, bacteria cling to their legs and body; the bacteria falls off as they travel across surfaces contaminating them.
- Ants damage homes: Carpenter ants chew through rotten wood in the house and can cause significant structural damage.
Preventing ants from entering your home starts with ant control in your yard. Deter ants from entering your house by sealing cracks and crevices, keeping the yard free of debris and standing water, trimming nearby bushes, and removing wood piles next to the house.
Is It Safe To Spray Store-Bought Ant Spray In My Home?
When you see ants in your home, the temptation is to purchase a store-bought ant control solution to stop the infestation. When you spray ants as they walk their pheromone trails, the treatment will kill them, but the store-bought treatment is not a long-term solution.
- Wear off quickly
- May contain endocrine-disrupting compounds
- Can be toxic to pets and children
- May not be suited for the ant species invading your home
Store-bought sprays do not offer effective ant control. They may kill ants upon contact, but they do not create long-lasting barriers. Plus, if you don't know the species of ant infesting your home, the spray does not prove effective!
Solving Nuisance Ant Problems In Anaheim
Our professionals at A-1 Bonded Termite provide ant pest control near you. We use environmentally safe and effective treatments to eradicate ants from your Anaheim home. Our treatments create long-lasting barriers inside and outside your house. Contact us, and let us solve your ant problems so you can relax in your house.