Pest Control Ants and Their Favorite Foods

It’s important to pest control ants along with their favorite foods before they take over your home! Once you have an infestation, it’s harder to eliminate the problem. There are more than 14,000 species of ants worldwide, but here in the greater Springfield, MO area we need to know what the most common types are to eliminate them. There are several things to look at for pest control ants when trying to determine what type of ants are in your home.

Summer is full-blown and insects are thriving! The best time to pest control ants is right now! Sweet ants are native to this part of the world but they like our part of the Midwest in particular. Ants invade homes because they have found an ideal food source – sugary foods and other uncovered food. Odorous house ants or ‘sweet ants’ usually prefer the outdoors, but they tend to come inside after heavy rain looking for a dry place to nest and forage for food and water. Once the ants discover a warm, dry place with a reliable food source, they are likely to keep returning to that place. One step you can take to pest control ants and to avoid infestation is to keep food storage and preparation areas clean and free from food particles. If it seems you cannot get a handle on the infestation, call the professionals at Expert Pest Solutions!

Most ants are opportunistic feeders; they’ll eat just about anything. This includes other ants, other dead insects, parts of dead animals, and any type of leftovers or composting. Some ant species like fungus, some like fatty foods and some like sweets. ‘Sweet ants’, a small black ant, are after that sugar rush, where big-headed ants go for protein and fats. The most common here in the Midwest is the ‘sugar ants’ and they will feast on anything sweet or that has carbs. They get into everything and are found everywhere. Therefore, it’s so important to pest control ants along with their food sources, so they don’t make your cabinets their new home. Ants are pros at finding any small crevice or crack in the walls, doors or foundation of your home and making it their personal entryway.

Sometimes, an ant problem may not be from what’s inside the house but could simply be that the ant colonies are too close. Professional pest control ants technicians can inspect the property to find nearby colonies and eradicate them, then sealing the holes that ants are entering from. Another not thought of food source for ants is a garbage can. Compostable food scraps should be placed inside a bag before being thrown in the garbage. Placing garbage outside every day and moving trash cans away from the door to the home, are deterrents to pest control ants.

Even by taking preventative measures, professional services to pest control ants may be necessary to avoid or handle infestations. Expert Pest Solutions is experienced in how to pest control ants in Springfield, Missouri, and surrounding areas such as Ozark, Nixa, Republic, Rogersville, and Strafford. We determine a treatment plan to pest control ants and follow-up as necessary for long-term effects. Give us a call at (417) 413-4776 or visit us online to set up an appointment for our technicians to come out and look at the problem and schedule treatment. An associate will call to provide your Free Estimate as soon as possible after your call! 

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