Ants In Your Plants
Just when you thought your pest problems were under control, spring rolls around and the army of ants make their annual return. It’s almost like you can hear them chant, “Left, left, left-right, left!” Here are a few things you need to know about ants, and how you can get a jump on their seemingly unending attack.
Ants Are abundANT
In their Pulitzer-prize winning book The Ants, researchers Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson estimate that there are upwards of 10,000,000,000,000,000 individual ants alive on Earth at any given time. The ant population seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. If you find yourself needing ant control (or any pest control for that matter), the best thing you can do is take action now! Don’t put off doing something about it. If you see one, you’re fixing to see a ton of them!
They Are unwANTed
Once these intruders have invaded your life, it can be very difficult to get rid of them – and will most likely lead you to need pest control. They can penetrate your home in ways you can’t imagine, and are attracted to most any food source – including plants. If you are fortunate and haven’t been visited by these pesky house guests yet, then your best option is preventative pest control. You will want to take all the steps you can to make sure you aren’t providing an appealing habitat for these insects.
When it comes to your home there are some small and easy steps that go a long way to make sure ants don’t feel welcome. Some of these steps include:
- Vacuum and sweep regularly
- Keep the dishes clean
- Take the trash out regularly
- Clean up spills and crumbs, keeping surfaces clean
- Store your food in airtight containers
- Seal cracks and other entry points ants might use
- Remove ant trails by applying a vinegar/water solution along the existing trail
- Hire a pest control company to deploy a barrier outside of your house/business
If ants haven’t made their way into your house or business, but you have seen them outside, you are probably wondering how to get rid of the ones that are in your yard. A few things you can do to make your yard less inviting would be to clean up any fallen tree branches and other moist decaying wood. Also be sure to store firewood up off the ground if possible AND away from your house. Make sure you keep bushes, shrubs, and tree branches from touching your house by trimming them back. If not, they can provide nice little bridges directly into your home.
The best thing you can do if you are dealing with any sort of ant problem, is to give Hopper Termite & Pest a call. While over-the-counter, do-it-yourself treatments may be appealing, you want to make sure you get the results you need in a safe, and timely fashion. Guaranteed! A licensed, professional pest control service is your best bet to rid yourself of unwanted guests.