The cause for an ant infestation most always is food. They will often enter a home because it provides access to an easy and enticing food source. Outside they will often be found around pools, outdoor seating areas/tables or around dog or cat dishes. These are areas where they will have access to both food and water.
The first step in treatment is to identify the type of ant and the food source. Removing the food source when possible is best. Once that is done inspecting and identifying where the ants are coming from is next. Often this can be done by following their “trails”. We then will use either a granular bait or a non-repellant spray or both to gain control of the problem and eliminate the colony. Normally homeowners will see a dramatic drop off in activity within just a few days. Depending on type and severity of problem it can take multiple treatments to eliminate the problem.
One of the easiest prevention steps you can take is to keep your food sealed in airtight containers and clean up crumbs, spilled pet food or any other food sources that might attract ants. Also seal up cracks and crevices around your home. However, you should be aware that since ants are so common and are such prolific colonizers it is normal to have ants reestablish themselves around a home or building. Ants are small, industrious, and relentless, if they want to find a way into your home, they usually will.
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