As we move out of the winter months, pests become a growing concern again here in the Mountain Home area. One of the more common pests Hopper Termite & Pest experiences in the area are ants! These tiny creatures make their way into our homes, and can really drive you insane with their constant presence, especially inside the house, or even in your food!
One thing that’s important to know is that there are many different types of ants, each of which has their own reasons for being in your home, and each of which has different levels of problems attached to them. It’s important to identify what kind of ant you are dealing with so you know how to best get rid of them, but also to know how severe of an issue their presence is. Ant identification is a big part of controlling the issue, and something the experts here at Hopper can help you with!
If you find ants in your home, we recommend staying away from DYI pesticides and contacting Hopper Termite & Pest to help you address your infestation with expert identification and get the knowledge needed to deal with that particular ant species. If you’re looking to prevent an ant infestation knowing that spring is almost here, then you’ve come to the right place!
WHY ARE THEY HERE?
All ants have something in common, and that is they need food. Understandably, ants like to eat the same foods that we do, so they like to be near their food sources-- your kitchen! They also need moisture to survive, so they like warm wet spaces in the home. Some things you can do to prevent ant infestations are to make sure you fix any water leaks and do not leave puddles or pools of water around the kitchen.
Check under sinks, and near plumbing in bathrooms to make sure there are no leaks or moist areas hiding out of sight. After washing dishes, dry up any puddles or pools of water that may be sitting on the counter or left under dishes hung up to dry. If you do find a leak, make sure to have it fixed right away.
Keep your kitchen clean! Crumbs and open food packaging is one of the number one reasons ants come into your home. It’s like a free all you can eat buffet in there when you leave crumbs out under counters, behind appliances, or under the table. Make sure to fully seal and close food packaging in your pantry. Believe us, you will not be happy when you find your favorite cookies swarming with sugar ants!
Seal your home to the best of your ability. Most ants are very small and can fit in through the tiniest of cracks and holes in your home. Always be checking for small cracks or areas that look like small pests could come through and make sure to seal them up as soon as you can.
Make sure to keep brush and landscaping a safe distance from your home so it is not touching your external walls constantly. Pests like to make their homes in bushes and trees and it makes an easy path to your home from this landscaping.
Try to control ant piles and nests in your yard. Attempt to create proper drainage in your lawn, as sitting water attracts ants and other pests as well.
Overall, there are many preventative steps you can take to keep ants from inside your home. Ants are driven by their desire for food and water, much like us humans, so the harder you make these things to access in your home, the easier it is to keep the pests out.
If you do start to notice these little intruders in your home, stealing bits of your snacks, make sure to give us a call and we will help you identify the issues and make sure to get all your ant issues under control! Give us a call at 870-425-4122 or dig a ilttle deeper into our website services and articles for more information.
Hopper Termite & Pest Inc. is a pest management company that started in 1963. We are based in the northern Arkansas region and service homes and businesses in the Twin Lakes region. We can treat your home for any common pests, but termites are one of our specialties!
Not sure what a termite is? Termites are small, soft-bodied insects that live in large colonies and feed on wood. Really, they feed on cellulose-based plant materials, so this incorporates more than just wood, and can affect any type of house or building structure, despite the construction material. Many times termites are mistaken with other pests like carpenter ants, so it’s important to identify the difference and see which one you are actually having problems with!
Termites can completely infest your house and cause severe damage, sometimes without you even knowing about it. Different types of termites cause different types of damage, so it’s important to know the difference!
Subterranean termite colonies can number into the millions. They devour softwood and tend to eat along the grain. This will cause a distinct honeycombed pattern in the wood. Eliminating subterranean termites as soon as the infestation is discovered is vital because of how quickly they can cause large amounts of damage due to their massive numbers.
Drywood termites chew both along and against the grain, so they excavate large sections of wood. The damage is usually less than subterranean termites because their colonies only number into the thousands and can take years to reach that number. It is still imperative that they are eliminated quickly to prevent further structural damage.
Also, make sure you know the difference between a Carpenter Ant and a Termite. We explain this in detail in another article on our site.
Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. can help you identify which types of termites you’re dealing with, assess the damage, and eliminate these pesky insects from your home or business. Contact us today for a FREE PEST EVALUATION!
HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU HAVE A TERMITE PROBLEM
Unfortunately, termite infestations can go on in your home for quite a while before you even become aware of the damage they’re causing. There are several signs to look out for that will help make you aware of a possible termite problem.
Light clinking or banging noises may come from the walls- this is from the termites banging around in there and loudly munching on your wood. If you hear odd noises, press your ear to the wall and see if it sounds like there are small creatures moving around in there!
Seeing flying termites- if you happen to see even just one or two flying termites, this is not a good sign. Sometimes you will just find the discarded wings from these flying termites and that’s probably a good time to start checking to see if you have a real problem.
Another sign is hollow sounding wood. Termites usually eat the wood from the inside out, so if you are knocking on any wood around your house and it gives a hollow sound, you may have a termite problem.
It’s better to catch the infestation early before they cause more damage to your home. Even if you’re not really sure if you have an issue, it is smart to call Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. to come and do a free evaluation for you.
HOW DOES HOPPER GET RID OF TERMITES?
First, we conduct a thorough inspection of your property. Our inspectors are certified by the state. After a thorough evaluation of your property, we will recommend a treatment plan tailored to your situation, your structure’s construction, where it is situated and the degree of infestation.
At Hopper Termite & Pest, our professional technicians are trained in the latest treatment technique, including our Green First Program, and use the most up to date equipment and environmentally responsible materials, such as Termidor®, to solve your problem.
What is Termidor? It is an insecticide that we apply that causes termites that contact it to transfer it to every other termite in their colony. The Termidor is engineered to be slow-acting, so the termites have ample time to spread it throughout their entire termite population. This material eliminates the colony in 3 months or less – 2 to 6 times faster than the best bait systems.
HOW TO PREVENT TERMITES IN YOUR HOME
There are several steps you can take to prevent or repair existing termite or carpenter ant damage.
Rid your yard of dead trees and stumps. Decaying wood is a main food source for termites and can quickly attract a colony. Keep firewood or construction materials as far away from your house as possible, and check for signs of pests before bringing these items into your home.
Take care not to have woody shrubs or spread mulch too close to your home or any other structures. This creates an environment that is ideal for the attraction of termites.
Have your home regularly inspected for termites. It is a good idea to have a yearly termite contract to keep your home termite free and to catch any potential damage before it becomes a problem. HopperTermite & Pest offers this valuable, convenient service. Use our simple contact form to request more information or to set up your appointment.