At least it’s an educated guess. Warm weather means fun in the sun for friends and families. It also means ants are on the move, and they are not always the outdoorsy type. As the thermometer rises, so does ant activity inside your home. Ants have a tendency to move indoors in search of food during the spring and summer months, meaning you will see a lot more of them in your kitchen, around entry points, and occasionally using your mobile devices to Tweet their food findings to nearby colonies.
A survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) indicated that more than half of consumers list ants as their most pesky pest problem. Ants are more than just an annoyance for homeowners, they can contaminate food, damage property, and will bite if threatened.
The NPMA urges homeowners to do their part to deter ant invaders from crusading into their kitchens. They list the following preventative ideas:
- Wipe up crumbs and spills immediately
- Store garbage in sealed containers and remove from the home frequently
- Keep food packages closed or sealed and store products in tightly lidded containers
- Repair holes or gaps in window and door screens
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes
- Keep tree branches and shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house
- Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows
- If you suspect an ant or any pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect, identify and treat the problem
The people over at NPMA are highly intelligent, pest control pundits, having been informers since 1933. At EcoShield Pest Control, we echo all of their recommendations for keeping your home bug free this summer. Especially the last bullet! ESPC specializes in pest control treating for ants, and we are fully dedicated to guaranteeing that none of the 700 different ant species move in with you unless they plan on paying rent. Even then, we would still probably evict them for you, because it is just unsanitary to have them around.
Our summer recommendation: enjoy all of the sights, sounds, and splendor of summer, and let the bug boys at ESPC remind you of the blissful joy of bug-free living!