Four Simple & Effective Ant Control Tips For Sacramento Properties

February 15, 2021

It is hard to enjoy your home when there are ants crawling around inside of it. Whether these pests are getting onto your countertops to steal food or trailing beneath furniture in your living room, the frustration is the same. If you are fed up with hitting, stomping on, and brushing off ants around your Sacramento home, we have some suggestions that are sure to help. Here are four simple and effective ant control tips to use around your property.

a carpenter ant crawling on wood

Keep Your Home Clean

Ants thrive in dirty environments, mainly because they have ample opportunities to find food. The kicker is that a home doesn’t have to look messy to be attractive to ants. Oftentimes these pests find sources of food in forgotten areas such as beneath furniture, under kitchen appliances, and inside cracks and gaps. To address these issues, we recommend deep cleaning your home at least once a month, vacuum, mop, and dust once a week, and pick up food messes and drink spills as they occur. 

Control Moisture Sites Around Your Property

Some ants need a small amount of moisture to survive. Some need a lot. Carpenter ants in particular need a large amount of moisture, not for themselves, but for the wood they build their nests inside. If your home’s wood is water damaged, rotting, or in decay, these destructive pests will be likely to tunnel their way inside. To fight back against ants that need moisture, fix leaky piping and fixtures in and around your home, eliminate sources of water build-up, make sure your gutters are in good working order, and use a dehumidifier indoors. In addition to this, we recommend repairing or replacing wood around your home’s exterior that is water damaged, rotting, or in decay.

Limit Food Attractants

Scavenging for messes around homes is not the only way ants find food. They also check countertops, kitchen tables, pet dishes, trash cans, and a variety of other locations to satiate their hunger. Here are some practical ways to limit their access to these things around your living areas.

  • Store leftover food inside air-tight glass, plastic, or metal containers.
  • Clean out pet food and water dishes after each meal.
  • Do not leave boxes or bags of food open.
  • Avoid leaving pastries, snacks, or other goodies out on countertops or kitchen tables.
  • Makes sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids.

Seal Entry Points In Your Home’s Exterior

The final thing you should do to prevent ants is to make sure your home’s exterior is properly sealed. How much work this will take all depends on what condition your home’s exterior is in. We recommend starting with its foundation. Seal any gaps and cracks you find using a caulking gun. Do the same for spacing around window/door frames. After this check window/door screens for damage and address any problems you find. It also helps to install door sweeps under exterior doors. To finish things off, do your best to keep unscreened doors and windows closed as much as possible.

Avoid Extra Work By Hiring The Professionals At Proserv

Effectively preventing ants takes a lot of work. To make your job a thousand times easier, hire the experts at Proserv Pest Management. We make pest control simple and accessible to our clients by providing top-tier services performed by pest control experts. From ants to termites to other common household pests, we do it all. 

Call us today to discuss how we help you fight back against pests and schedule your Sacramento home for a detailed service visit.

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