A Useful Ant Prevention Guide For Long Island Homeowners

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A Useful Ant Prevention Guide For Long Island Homeowners

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Ants exist throughout most of the world in many thousands of different species. Ants have some common characteristics, such as a body that features a narrow waist connecting the thorax and the abdomen. Most ants have a durable exterior and may appear in various colors. They have six legs, compound eyes, and antennae that assists with navigation. Are you actively seeking Long Island pest control services? A seasoned pest exterminator knows what attracts ants and how to get rid of ants in your house without causing health risks. 

The Life Cycle Of Common Ants 

Ants form large colonies with members including a queen, males, females, and workers. Queens may live for decades, usually have wings, and maintain responsibility for laying eggs. Female ants care for the larva that emerges from the eggs and also may remain involved in searching for food and defending the nest from potential invaders. After the larvae stage, ants progress through a phase as pupae before reaching adulthood. Male ants appear smaller than females and often have a very short lifespan.  

The Problems Ants Can Create In Your Home 

How do ants get in the house? As relatively small creatures, ants will easily navigate their way through small openings as they search for food sources. Keep in mind that ants leave a trail of pheromones that serves as a means of communication with others; therefore, if a small number of ants gain access, often many more will soon follow. As ants travel within your home, they may contaminate sources of food and spread harmful bacteria. Ants may spread E.coli, shigella, salmonellosis, and other dangerous concerns.  

Five Eco-Friendly And Effective Ant Prevention Tips 

Some of the best methods for preventing ants without posing risks to you, your pets, or the environment include:  

  1. Carefully inspect the exterior doors and windows for any openings that may allow access. Repair any damaged window screens, apply weatherstripping to any gaps around the seals, and place sweeps along exterior doors. 

  2. Check the lower areas of the structure near the foundation for any recently developed cracks or openings and fill them with a durable caulk or sealant. 

  3. Limit excessive water or moisture from the areas of the home. For example, keep gutters and downspouts clear, fix any leaky spigots, and ensure crawlspaces and basements have sufficient ventilation to reduce humidity. 

  4. Adopt excellent cleaning habits in the kitchen areas, such as thoroughly sweeping crumbs from floors, wiping down countertops, and not leaving dirty dishes out overnight. 

  5. Effectively limit access to trash that contains food scraps by ensuring you place all bags in receptacles with a functional lid.  

Keep in mind that many of the best practices for preventing ants indoors also apply in outdoor settings. Avoid placing pet food bowls on decks or patios, keep lids on exterior trash cans, and more.  

The Most Effective Ant Control For Long Island Homes 

Did you know that the technicians with A&M Quality Pest Control have many years of experience delivering results for property owners struggling with unwanted pests in this region? In addition to ants, our experts will eliminate problems associated with rodents, stinging insects, cockroaches, and many other types of very undesirable and potentially noxious creatures. We deploy a qualified staff armed with many of the latest products and treatment methods that have emerged in the industry today.  

After contacting our organization, we will deploy a specialist to conduct an extensive interior and exterior property inspection. Our staff carefully investigates often hard-to-reach areas of the property, such as inside walls where these pests will hide and establish nesting sites. We look forward to hearing from you.