If we were to give you a list of the common ants in Tennessee, you probably wouldn't be surprised to find pharaoh ants and acrobat ants on the list—that is, if you know how to tell these two ants apart from other ants. While these two aren't on our list of Nashville's most frustrating ants, they are very common ants that can create real frustration for Gallatin homeowners because of their plentiful populations and ability to mobilize quickly. If you're wondering how to keep them out of your Gallatin home, we have good news for you: You don't need to know how to properly identify them. The reduction and control strategies for pharaoh ants and acrobat ants is the same for almost all other pest ants (with the exception of only fire ants and, to some extent, carpenter ants).
Control of pharaoh ants, acrobat ants, and other ants that accidentally get into Gallatin homes is pretty simple. It requires:
The controlling of moisture around your home. These ants are drawn to conditions of moisture. If you have a damp foundation perimeter, you're going to have more ants. You can prevent this by making sure your gutter system is free of obstructions, trim tree branches to allow the sunlight to dry your topsoil, and put space between the plants in your landscaping to let the airflow through and dry things out on the surface.
The controlling of organic debris. If you have sticks, leaves, woodpiles, and other organic debris in your yard, ants populations will flourish. Make sure you keep your foundation perimeter cleaned up. This will reduce ant activity near your home and reduce your chances of accidental entry.
A detailed inspection of your exterior walls and sealing of entry points. If ants can easily get into your home, you're going to get more infestations. Use a caulking gun to seal gaps around window and door frames and pipes that pass through your foundation wall, and to fill in holes created by rodents. Check your door sweeps and weatherstripping and make sure they are creating a good seal.
A Controlling of food sources. Open trash is an open invitation for ants. Ants will also be drawn to an abundance of bugs around your home. Moisture control helps with the reduction of bugs, but the best solution for pest reduction is routine service visits from a licensed professional.
All-American Pest Control provides the highest level of pest control service for homes in Gallatin and throughout Middle Tennessee. We can help you reduce ant populations and reduce the bugs that ants feed on in your yard. Reach out to us for assistance with this essential service.