Bug Net Down!

Don't let carpenter ants work their way into your home


Source: (NC) - What if you had 100,000 helpers to do your household chores this summer so you could go to the beach, or lay by the pool? That's the number of worker ants the Queen can have at any given time in her carpenter ant colony. And while you may not need that much help to simply get away for a few days, it's worth remembering that summer is the time when these pests come out to work in full force—and they might be heading for your home.

"Carpenter ants excavate tunnels in wood to nest, which can cause some of the worst pest-related structural damage to your home," says pest control expert Bill Melville, quality assurance director at Orkin Canada. "The presence of a few ants in a home can typically indicate a much larger colony."

Take the following steps to keep these pests from creating more work for you this summer:

W—Water and food are key elements that attract ants, so limit these sources by cleaning up spills immediately and storing food in tightly sealed containers.

O—Observe the exterior of your home, looking for cracks and crevices where pests may gain entry, and seal any openings with weather-resistant sealant.
R—Reduce other pest temptations by sweeping, mopping, disposing of trash and cleaning out your pantry regularly.
K—Keep branches and shrubbery trimmed away from your home to help prevent easy access to enter inside.
If you suspect an ant infestation in your home, contact your pest management professional immediately.
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