If you haven't already noticed, ants are coming back to life across the state of Tennessee. Here in Nashville, we're seeing all the "usual suspects" appearing in the yards of our customers. Odorous house ants, little black ants, pharaoh ants, acrobat ants, fire ants, and carpenter ants are starting to make their presence known. And each of these ants come with their own set of problems.
Things You Can Do To Guard Against Ants
During your spring cleaning, consider inspecting your foundation walls for any cracks, gaps, or holes ants can get into, and seal those holes. Look closely around pipes and electrical conduit that pass through your walls. While it is nearly impossible to seal ants out completely, this can go a long way toward deterring them.
Remove food sources. Those ants are looking for food. If you have exterior trash that is not contained in sealed trash cans, you're inviting ants to encroach upon your exterior walls. You can't remove all the food in your yard that ants eat, but little changes like this can make a big difference.
Remove water sources. When the spring rains come, it is important that the rain is channeled away from your home and that it is allowed to dry up quickly. Make sure your gutter system is clear of obstructions, and examine your yard for areas where shade makes it difficult for the sun to dry things out. Moisture attracts many pests, including ants.
Things You Should Not Do To Guard Against Ants
There are lots of sprays that can kill ants on contact but these sprays do little or nothing to deal with the nest that sent those ants. Not only is this an ineffective approach to dealing with an ant problem, it can make the problem worse. Many ant colonies will respond to a threat by splitting into multiple colonies. This could double or triple your ant problem.
The Best Way To Guard Against Ants In Tennessee
Professional pest control is the easiest and best way to stop ant problems. Pest professionals know how to properly identify ant species and target those species with appropriate baits that will effectively terminate their nests without causing those nests to split. At All-American, we use proven methods that have been developed by industry experts to ensure successful management of ant pests. Whether you're hoping to reduce bites from fire ants, protect your property from carpenter ants, or just keep nuisance ants away, the best guard against these threats is ongoing pest control service from a knowledgeable professional.
If you have pest ants, consider ongoing pest service from All-American Pest Control. We guard homes against over 45 pests, including ants. Reach out to us today for a free home evaluation.