A Practical Ant-Prevention Guide For San Diego Homeowners

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Some wars feel unwinnable. If you have ever waged a war against ants inside your home, you know exactly what we are talking about. With ants, it may seem like the only way to stop them is to wait until winter comes. But some homeowners do not find freedom from these pests even when the weather outside becomes unfavorable. To help you better understand how to get rid of ants and the problems these pests cause in San Diego, here are some things to consider today.

The Life Cycle Of Common Ants

Ants are social insects that live in large colonies consisting of workers, soldiers, and reproductives. Workers are in charge of building nests, gathering food, and taking care of their queen(s). Soldiers work to guard nests against predatory insects and other things that might cause harm. Finally, reproductives, which include queen(s) and reproductive winged males, produce young. These young are assigned roles by the queen(s). Different species of ants breed at different rates and require different things to survive. Some like moist environments and die if things get too dry. Other species need very little moisture to survive. Some invade homes to scavenge for foods rich in protein and sugars. Others stay outside and feed on vegetation. Most ants that invade homes in our area are looking for food, moisture, and shelter. The question is, what is the most dangerous ant, and do these pests cause other problems indoors?

Why It's A Problem To Have Ants In Your House

Most ants that invade homes in our area are not a threat to property or health. There are only a few species that cause problems beyond food contamination and being annoying. The first is carpenter ants. Carpenter ants chew holes for their nests into water-damaged structural wood. If left untreated, these large red, black, or red and black pests can cause a considerable amount of damage to area homes. On the other side of things, Pharaoh ants are dangerous. These tiny yellow ants can spread disease-causing bacteria indoors. Two diseases you might contract from a Pharaoh ant infestation are salmonellosis and staphylococcus. Avoid these sicknesses by cleaning often and fully addressing infestations inside your home.

Five No-Sweat Ant-Prevention Tips

When it comes to how to prevent ants, one option you have is DIY pest control. If you have some time on your hands, here are five no-sweat ant-prevention tips to use today.

  1. Thoroughly inspect your home’s exterior for gaps, holes, and cracks. Fill in these potential entry points using a caulking gun and some high-quality silicone caulk.
  2. Make sure all of your window/door screens, weatherstripping, and door sweeps are in good repair.
  3. Address moisture issues. This might involve repairing leaky piping, using a dehumidifier indoors, and eliminating sources of water build-up.
  4. Keep your living areas clean and tidy.
  5. Store all of your leftover food, pantry items, and pet food inside airtight containers.

The Most Effective Way To Get Rid Of An Ant Infestation

In order to get ants out of your San Diego home and keep them out, your best option is to turn to the experts at Habitat Protection. Our team of licensed technicians understands invasive pests and has access to the advanced control measures that are needed to address an infestation inside your home. With just one visit, we will identify where your ant problem is coming from and implement fast-working ant pest control measures to get these pests out.

Call us now to learn about our year-round ant control solutions and schedule an appointment for your home. Let us show you what pest control in San Diego is supposed to look like.

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