How to Get Rid of Ants From Your Porter, TX Home
Ants are the worst house guests: they show up without an invitation, get into everything, track bacteria everywhere, and just stick around to wear out their welcome. With all the extra time you’ve been spending in your Porter home with your family, an ant problem is enough to drive you crazy.
There are around 1,000 species of ants in the United States, but there are maybe 10 to 15 species you will commonly find around Houston. Each species has its own preferences and behaviours. Some are harmless, and some can cause damage to your home (e.g., Carpenter ants).
Some ants (like Fire ants) are exclusively outdoor ants, but other ants, like Acrobat ants, Rover ants, and Pharaoh ants, will come indoors looking for food, water, and shelter. If you are seeing ant trails coming in and out of your kitchen, there is probably an ant colony nearby that could have hundreds, even thousands of more ants.
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Ant Prevention Tips
Here are some simple ant prevention tips that work for just about any species of indoor ant.
1. Keep Things Clean
Your first step to keeping your home ant-free (and bug-free in general) is to keep things clean. Ants need food, water, and shelter to survive. Don’t fret if you’re a rockstar housekeeper and still see ants sometimes. Happens even in the cleanest of homes.
- Keep your sink empty of dirty dishes.
- Keep trash covered tightly and take it out regularly.
- Keep surfaces wiped clean of crumbs and spills.
- Keep floors swept, mopped, and dry.
- Repair plumbing leaks, indoors and out.
2. Seal Up Entry Points
- Seal cracks and crevices around windows and doors and around your home with caulk or spackle.
- Stuff all cable, pipe, and wire entry points with steel wool.
3. Yard Work
Remember, all ant problems start outside.
- Keep your lawn mowed short.
- Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed short and at least six inches away from the side of your home.
- Keep firewood piles stacked at least 20 feet away from your house.
- Keep your lawn free of leaf clutter and trash.
Ants have a way of ruining the fun… outdoors and in your home. These insect nuisance pests are manageable, but there are times when they can get out of hand. Contact our Porter pest control experts today! We can help you and your family enjoy your home without having to worry about ants and other pests.