The worst possible thing about the Spring season is pest infestation. As soon as it starts to get a little warmer here in Cambridge, all sorts of pests, especially ants, begin to pop out from every nook and corner of the house. No matter how much you try, at some point, it seems impossible to control all these pests coming out. But there are always some methods that can ensure the minimum chances of an infestation.
Ants can be very tricky sometimes. If you have to deal with the species of ants that live outside your home but come in only for food, you will have a tough time. Also, many species of ants have their soldiers who do all the work of getting the food risking their lives. The rest engage themselves in the vital process – reproduction – to infest the home with full force.
Here we will list down some of those methods, mainly divided into two sections: Outdoor care and Indoor care.
This routine can take you a while if you are doing it all alone. However, your first step is to look for all the possible entry-points. These entry points can be tiny, and you will have a hard time figuring out where you need to actually look. Some points may be where your utility pipes go into the house. Look at all the cracks or crevices around these pipes. If you find any imperfections in the sealing around these pipes – Bingo. This is the place you have to seal immediately.
Termite traces can also be found outside the home if you know what you are looking for. You may discover bubbly paint or the most obvious sign— the mud tubes by termites.
Outdoor care also includes keeping the grass (if there is any) properly trimmed. You may also want to look for something that reaches the roof of the house, like a tree branch or any other post. It is important to keep anything like that away from the roof-top because that is very easy access for many pests all the way to your attic. Attics are warm and provide a decent shelter to ants all the time.
Once you are done sealing all the possible entry points for the ants from the outside, your indoor care will determine how safe you want to keep your home. This includes keeping all the food items sealed into airtight jars or bags. Paper bags or containers that are not airtight are easily accessible by ants. Never forget to refrigerate the leftovers. Using some essential oils that have citrus instead of the repellents can also help with ants. You can pour some essential oil in the corners for a refreshing environment while making it secure from those tiny creatures. Keep a check under the sink or inside the cabinets that are not used very often.
If you have a hard time figuring out where to begin, it is best to get your home inspected by your local pest control. Even if you want to take them all out on your own, a professional inspection from Pesticon will let you know how much you have to do. So don’t wait and get in touch with our experts.