How To Prevent Ants From Coming Into Your St. Louis Home
April 30, 2022 - Ants
Let’s be honest, it is hard to know how some pests find their way into area homes. Sometimes it seems like they just appear out of thin air. One great example of this is ants. Ants are a huge problem here in St. Louis. When given the opportunity, these pests break into area homes to scavenge for food. If you keep finding ants inside your living areas and are curious to know where they are coming from and how to get them out fast, you are in the right place. If you are looking for immediate pest control services to remove ants from your home and property, skip right to our contact page. We will make an appointment for your home and send one of our technicians your way ASAP. If you are here to better understand these pests, here are some things to consider today.
Common Types Of Ants That Invade Homes In St. Louis
Before we talk about how to get rid of ants, we want to break down some common ant species that cause problems in and around area homes. Let’s start with the odorous house ant. The odorous house ant is 1/16 to ⅛”, black or brown, and smells like rotten coconut when crushed. Another common ant in our area is the Pharaoh ant. This pest is 1/16” long and yellow-bodied. Next, we have the acrobat ant. This bug is ⅛” long, light brown to black, and has the ability to raise its abdomen over its head. The final common ant we want you to know about is the carpenter ant. This pest is ⅝” long and red, black, or a combination of these two colors.
One common question we get is where do ants live? Most species of ants build nests around homes and use cracks, gaps, and other damaged areas around windows, doors, walls, and foundational blocks to get indoors. During times of hot or cold weather, some species will build nests inside wall voids. Carpenter ants, in particular, chew tunnels into water-damaged structural wood to create living areas for their colony. This is just one of the many problems ants cause in St. Louis.
The Many Issues Ants In Your Home Can Create
There are a couple of problematic ants that live here in St. Louis. The first is the carpenter ant. Carpenter ants build their nests inside wooden structures. If these pests start building inside your home’s wood, expect a sizable repair bill when you finally spot the damage these pests have done. Are carpenter ants dangerous? Only to your finances. The only seriously dangerous ant in our area is the Pharaoh ant. This pest carries bacteria on its body and can get homeowners sick. Two sicknesses you might contract from a Pharaoh ant are salmonella and staphylococcus. If you notice either of these pests inside your home, do not hesitate to get the professionals at Roberts Pest Control involved.
Five No-Sweat Ant-Prevention Tips
When it comes to how to prevent ants in the house, one of your best options is to put in place some natural prevention. Here are six no-sweat green ant control tips to try today.
- Thoroughly inspect your home’s exterior foundation for gaps, cracks, and holes. Seal off these potential ant entry points using a caulking gun or some liquid cement.
- Make sure all of your home’s window/door screens, weatherstripping, and door sweeps are in good working condition.
- Keep your living areas clean. This should involve washing dishes daily, washing off countertops, sweeping floors, and picking up food messes and drink spills immediately after they occur.
- Reduce the clutter in and around your home.
- Address moisture problems such as leaky piping, broken gutters, and high humidity.
If you need more protection than these five tips offer, consider hiring a pest control professional to complete your home's protection.
Call The Pros For Total Ant Control For Your Home
There is absolutely no better way to control ants than with an effective ant control plan courtesy of Roberts Pest Control. Our team of trained technicians has the tools and experience needed to remove these pests from your property. All you need to do is decide on a pest control plan. We have several options from basic, general control to full-service plans. It all depends on what level of protection you are looking for.
Contact us to find out more about pest control in St. Louis. We will walk you through our effective options, schedule an appointment for your home, and get you on a quick path to pest freedom.