Ants can be a major problem anywhere. Whether it’s a ground floor apartment, a country home, or even a house in the city, ants have a way of invading a home in force. If you need to know how to get rid of ants, then you want to do a little research to get the knowledge you need. While an exterminator may end up being necessary, most of the time a few basic ant traps and some smart prevention measures can help.
The first step is also understanding that there are several different types of ants. You want to learn the most common types of ants in your area so you know what methods will be the most effective in getting rid of your particular ant infestation.
You are going to notice a large group of carpenter ants. This is because carpenter ants are among the largest in the United States and can grow up to a full 13mm in length. They love meats and sugars, and are large enough to even prey on other insects.
Look around your property for signs of ants in old, damp, wet, or rotting wood. Whether inside or out, carpenter ants prefer to make their home within wood. If you see these signs, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with carpenter ants.
You need to find the main nest and get rid of it. The best prevention is making sure that any wood on your property, whether an old out building, stump, or damaged wood on your house, you need to get it fixed as quickly as possible before an infestation occurs.
Black ants look a lot like carpenter ants, but they tend to be much smaller. These can range in size from 1.5 mm to 4.0 mm in size. These black ants can also be dark brown in shape or color and not just black. They are extremely common throughout the U.S. and like to set up colonies in dark areas.
They like a wide variety of different foods and can be attracted by sugar, vegetable remains, corn based foods, greasy and oily foods. In other words, these small black ants are very easy to attract and chances are if you see a lot of small black ants you’re dealing with actual black ants over carpenter ants.
The first thing you can do is make sure you wipe counters and never leave foods out. Clean up spills just to make sure that there’s no trace of food around. Beware of leaks, as water can attract them in dry climates, as well.
Sugar ants can include a wide variety of ants and range from as small as 2 mm to as large as 15 mm. If you’re seeing winged ants, there’s a good chance you’ve stumbled upon a sugar ant infestation. They tend to especially become active in the dusk and evening hours.
Sugar ants are all about reliable sources of food. Get rid of these and you’ll have all the information you need to get rid of sugar ants from your home.
Discouraging Kitchen & Bathroom Ants
Ants tend to show up in two rooms in particular: the kitchen and the bathroom. The water from the bathroom attracts them, and explains why they’re drawn into that room. Ant traps by the corners of the walls or any obvious cracks can help take care of that. It also helps to dry up any loose water after a shower or bath with a spare towel to sop up the water that might be getting their attention.
The kitchen is the main room where infestations often appear. It’s critical then to keep food out only when you’re preparing it, and to wipe and clean as often as possible. This includes the oven, counter spaces, and sweeping and mopping. It’s a good idea to have an ant trap by the garbage, as well as hard to reach spots around appliances or other areas they might be sneaking in from.
Follow these tips and no matter what type of ant, you’ll be prepared to handle an infestation and keep them from coming back!
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