It’s January- why are you seeing little black ants? In Nashville, many homeowners have been contacting us recently to report sightings of these little pests inside their homes and although January seems like a strange time to see ants in the house, it really does happen every year! There is a good possibility that the ant you are witnessing inside your TN home is the odorous house ant. Measuring at around 1/8 of an inch long, it’s a pretty common pest in our area. They forage during the day through the spring, summer and fall, but they have been known to forage inside your home during the winter months as well. Odorous house ants as well as other home invading ants are looking for food; outdoors they are known to feed on live and dead insects, but inside your home they are looking for sweets and other household foods that may be available.
Knowing how to prevent ants in your Nashville home can be a challenge. They are very small insects, so although you may spend a great deal of time searching for and eliminating possible gaps or openings in the exterior of your home, these insects may still be finding their way indoors. To attract fewer ants to your home, you need to make your home unwelcoming to these pests. You can do this by eliminating food and water sources. Make sure that you don’t leave food out on your counters and that any food in your cupboards that isn’t in secure packaging is put into an air-tight container. Clean up the crumbs and spills in your kitchen and pantry and eliminate leaky pipes, faucets or other sources of water within your home.
Another option for prevention is to contact the professionals at All-American Pest Control in Nashville. Our professionals can help you prevent pests year-round with our Perimeter Pest Control program. This pest control plan offers protection from over 47 common Nashville pests, including ants. With exterior and interior treatments as needed and no annual contracts, this plan can help you achieve and maintain a pest-free home every single month of the year.
If you have been looking for ways to make sure the annual influx of ants doesn’t happen in your home, we urge you to give us a call. Although prevention can be an effective strategy to help you keep your home pest free, sometimes the services of a professional are necessary to make sure that your home remains free from nuisance pests. For more information, please contact the Nashville pest control professionals at All-American Pest Control today!