Frequently Asked Questions About Ants
What are ants?
While many species vary in size, color, and habitat, all ants are social insects. So when you see a few ants near your Oklahoma City home, you can expect a much larger colony nearby.
No matter the species you are dealing with, none are welcome in any home.
Are ants dangerous?
Most of the ant species you will encounter in our area are considered nuisance pests like bed bugs or silverfish, which means they aren't dangerous to people. However, some species can pose health concerns or cause damage when they infest.
In any case, having ants in your house, especially near food, can lead to contamination, so it's best to address any issues you have with these pests right away.
Why do I have an ant problem?
Ants can infest for multiple reasons, but the most common is food availability. These insects are scavengers, and once they find a food source, they will use pheromones to alert the rest of their colony, which is why they regularly infest in large numbers. The types of ants we see most often are known as sugar ants because they are attracted to sugary foods. Unfortunately, sugar is in a lot of the foods people consume.
But depending on the species, they might also infest if dark and damp conditions create a conducive living environment. Having cracks in your foundation or other weaknesses in the exterior can make it easier for ants to infest.
Where will I find ants?
Ants are usually attracted to bathrooms, kitchens, and other similar areas of a home that have high moisture and provide food opportunities. However, these little critters can travel through walls and underneath flooring to get anywhere they want, so don't underestimate where you'll find ants in your home.
How do I get rid of ants?
No matter how many at-home pest control products you place around your house, you won't get the long-term results you want when it comes to deterring ants. So instead of wasting your time and money trying to DIY ant solutions, work with our trained pest control professionals at Killin' It Termite and Pest.
Our residential pest control services will cover all your ant control concerns and needs. Starting with a home pest inspection to identify conducive conditions, signs of pests, harborage areas, and entry points, we will determine the best course of action to eliminate them.
Call Killin' It Termite and Pest for more information about the treatment methods we use for effective pest control in Oklahoma City.
How can I prevent ants in the future?
While ongoing prevention from pest professionals is an effective way to keep your home free of critters like ants, you also have to work at reducing conducive conditions that attract pests in the first place. You can do this by using these tips:
- Keep food stored in airtight containers.
- Use garbage cans with tight-fitting lids.
- Clean up crumbs, food debris, and spills.
- Reduce moisture in your home by repairing leaking pipes and faucets, fixing poor ventilation, and using dehumidifiers.
- Eliminate entry points by repairing damaged screens, replacing weatherstripping, and sealing cracks in your foundation.
- Remove leaf litter and other organic debris from your yard.
Reach out to Killin' It Termite and Pest for more tips and ant control solutions to deter them from invading your home.
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