Four Simple Yet Effective Ant-Prevention Tips For Holly Springs Properties
April 15, 2021
How do you feel about finding ants crawling through your living areas? Does the sight of these pests make your skin crawl? Are you fascinated by the way they gather food but bothered that they are choosing to do so inside your home? Maybe you are indifferent to these pests and have learned to ignore them when you spot them around your living areas. No matter how you currently feel about ants, here is why you don’t want them around your Holly Springs home and four effective prevention tips to keep them outside where they belong.
Why You Don’t Want Ants
Not all ants are the same. Different species cause different problems. Here in Holly Springs, we have ants that steal food, ants that destroy wood, ants that bite, ants that smell bad, and a whole bunch more that pose their own unique issues. The kicker is that many of these troublesome pests want to invade your home. Your home provides ants with a safe place to hide, scavenge, and build their nests. To help you make your living areas less accessible and attractive to these pests, here are four prevention tips to try.
Prevention Tip Number 1: Keep Your Home Clean
Keeping your living areas clean and tidy is the first step to deterring unwanted ants. We recommend starting with a thorough washing of surfaces around your home. The most important thing is that you clean up any food messes and drink spills as that is what ants look for when scouting indoors. Reducing clutter is something else we recommend as it limits the amount of places ants have to hide. Part of cleaning your home should involve storing leftover food inside airtight containers and being careful not to leave scraps or unfinished beverages in areas accessible to ants.
Prevention Tip Number 2: Eliminate Sources Of Moisture
All ants need a small amount of moisture to survive, some need more. To eliminate sources of moisture around your home and yard, here are a few things we recommend.
- Inspect your home’s gutter system. Repair any damage you find and make sure they are both clean and flowing properly.
- Identify and eliminate sources of water buildup in and around your home. Focus on sources that might be negatively affecting your home’s structural wood.
- Fix leaky piping and fixtures inside your home.
- Use a dehumidifier indoors, especially around particularly humid rooms.
Prevention Tip Number 3: Seal Your Home’s Exterior
In order for ants to come into your home and cause trouble, they need a way to get inside. Sealing up gaps and cracks and addressing other entry points around your home’s exterior is a great way to exclude these pests from your home. Start with your foundation. Seal damage you find using a caulking gun. Follow this by fixing damage to your home’s weatherstripping, window/door screens, and door sweeps. It might also help to have your home’s exterior walls inspected for damage that might allow ants inside and having any issues you find addressed by a professional.
Prevention Tip Number 4: Invest In Professional Ant Control
Want to save yourself some time, energy, and maybe even money? Consider the benefits an ongoing pest control plan would have for your Holly Springs property. At Ready Pest Solutions, we offer comprehensive control solutions to identify, eliminate, and prevent pests like ants.
Give our team a call today to discuss your options for services and schedule a time to have your Holly Springs home treated for pests. We are here and ready with everything your home needs to stay pest-free year-round.