Pest Control Ants Springfield Missouri Gets Rid Of Odorous House Ants
Calling pest control ants Springfield Missouri for help getting rid of these pesky creatures should be high on your list of priorities. One of the most common types of ants we see here in the Springfield area is the odorous house ant (when crushed they emit a strong, unpleasant odor). We’ve all seen them – trailing along the edges of the kitchen counters, on the windowsills, or coming in under the door. Even though they always come around at certain times of the year, you should do everything you can keep them out of your home and off your property.
Ants may enter your home by accident when just wandering around, or on purpose if they’re looking for a new place to establish a colony. During periods of heavy rains, in particular, if the ground becomes saturated with water, they will come indoors looking for a dry, comfortable place to nest. Once they get inside they establish their colony inside the walls and beneath the floor.
The worker ants are the ones you see first – they will soon be followed by the soldiers and drones – and of course, the queen. The head of the ant colony is the Queen, and all she does is stay in the nest and produce more and more worker ants. The soldier ants guard the queen and the mature worker ants feed the young ants in the nest. Once ants have established a colony, they get busy finding food, and the more there are, the more they eat. Odorous house ants prefer sweets, but also eat meats and grease.
There are things homeowners can do to help prevent ants from entering their homes in the first place. Odorous house ants are looking for food, and when your home is near a colony, they will just naturally come inside. Especially if there is a source for food that is easily accessible. So it’s a good idea after meals to clean up crumbs and leftover food residue right away and don’t leave anything sitting out that ants can get to. It’s also helpful to keep the floors swept and countertops wiped down, and make sure that opened containers of food items in the cabinets or pantry (like cereals, flour, sugar, etc) are kept closed or sealed in airtight containers.
Homeowners can also take steps to keep ants from invading their homes by checking around the outside of the house for places they can get in, like cracks and other openings in the foundation and spaces around doors and windowsills. By sealing these areas it can be a strong deterrent for ants and other pests to find entry into your home. Keep woodpiles up off the ground and away from your home, and make sure trash cans have tight-fitting lids.
Ants are not going to leave your home voluntarily, so your best option is to call the pros as soon as you see them. Further, because the queen never leaves the nest, you can’t see her, so even if you try to get rid of the ants in your house yourself, you still won’t get to the queen and she will continue to produce more ants. While you can spend money on off-the-shelf sprays and other treatments for your ant problems, the only truly effective solution is pest control ants Springfield Missouri, in addition to taking steps for prevention.
Pest control ants Springfield Missouri can not only provide treatment for the elimination of any ants in your house and on your property, but they can help prevent their return. At Expert Pest Solutions we offer a Quarterly Treatment Plan that can effectively provide a solution to not only ant infestations but other pests as well. Save yourself the time and money you’d spend on your ant problem and give us a call today. You’ll be glad you did!