Did you know that ants are the most common pest in America? Though they are small, if not dealt with correctly and preventatively, ants can cause issues that grow quite dangerous and become hard to deal with. In the Monmouth County area, homeowners might expect to encounter carpenter ants, citronella ants, and pavement ants, to name a few. As the weather warms, ants often infiltrate homes in search of food and water. With that in mind, here is some more information on the types of ants your might encounter and how to best protect your home from them.
Common Ants Found in Monmouth County
Pavement Ants: Just as the name suggests, pavement ants are most commonly found in nests that they form in or under cracks in pavement. They are black or dark brown in color and measure only ⅛ of an inch. Look to any structurally unsound walls around your property as well.
Carpenter Ants: Usually red or black, carpenter ants are easily spotted due to their color and the tunnels that they build in wood. Carpenter ants tend to seek areas with excess moisture and wood that has been softened by fungus. Homeowners should be aware of any rotting wood on their property and dispose of or treat it promptly.
Fire Ants: Easily spotted with their bright reddish-brown exterior, fire ants are most often found in nests they create around newly planted or potted plants and shrubs. Unlike some other ants found in Monmouth County, fire ants sting, which can result in painful welts.
Three Ant Prevention Tips:
1. Store Food And Trash Properly
The most common hangout for ants inside the home is the kitchen. Since they enter the house looking for food and water, crumbs give ants access to food while sinks provide them with water. For an ant, it’s a party! Cut off their attractions by:
- Rinsing cans and jars that may have contained anything sweet or syrupy.
- Removing trash on a regular basis.
- Cleaning up spills immediately and thoroughly.
- Watching for leaks in any faucets.
2. Tidy Up The Bathroom
Though the bathroom might not offer as many snacks as the kitchen does, ants do enter homes in part looking for moisture, which makes the bathroom a big offender in its own right. With a few easy tweaks, the bathroom can be a lot safer and a little less crowded: check faucets, sinks, and toilets for leaks regularly; disinfect each bathroom thoroughly and regularly; and watch for spills from soap, shampoo, and conditioner bottles, as their sweet contents can imitate the food items that ants are seeking.
3. Seal Up Entry Points
While maintaining cleanliness inside the home is a key factor in preventing an ant infestation, homeowners should also look to pest-proof the outside of their home as well. This includes repairing holes in windows, sealing cracks in the foundation, replacing any worn weather stripping, and repairing leaking drain lines, downspouts, or hoses. Additionally, remove any outdoor plantings or pots at the first sight of ants. These are a commonly unexpected place for ants to congregate and then move onto the inside of a home.
If you have ant control issues in your Monmouth County home, contact Pride Pest Service to evaluate your infestation and advise you on the safest and most thorough form solutions today.