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ant-infestation-in-home-kitchenWhen it comes to pest control, we all want our homes to be bug-free. Although there are different degrees of danger or annoyance depending on which critter we’re referring to, we always want the end result to be the same. Quite simply, we want the pests G-O-N-E

 

 

Case in point: the ant. Most ants that we deal with in our homes are not dangerous. They don’t carry disease. They don’t suck our blood at night. And, with the exception of carpenter ants, they don’t damage our homes. That being said, we don’t want them around, even if they’re not the wood-chewing type. Which is why we’re going to take a look at how you can catch an ant infestation at home early before it turns into something we can’t handle.

 

Be on the lookout for winged ants

 

For the record, no species of ant exists that is made up entirely of winged individuals. When you see a winged ant, this is either a male or female from a colony with the ability to reproduce. If you spot a winged ant, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re seeing the first sign of an ant infestation at home, but since this is a possibility, now is the time to be more resilient. This early sign could help prevent bigger problem later on.

 

A line of ants may represent a great opportunity

 

It’s happened to all of us. We walk into a kitchen, a basement, an attic, or even somewhere outside, and find a line of worker ants in search of food. But don’t look at this as a bad thing. If you’re just noticing the line of ants, chances are this ant infestation at home isn’t too bad. Which means now might be the best time to strike. You can use an over-the-counter pesticide or follow the workers to their colony and plug it up using a specialized poison that will fill the entire ant hill.

 

Set up traps before an ant infestation at home occurs

 

They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and prevention is definitely a great way to prevent an ant infestation at home. Your best course of action is to set up a series of ant bait traps in different areas of your home such as your kitchen, attic, basement, and anywhere else ants might begin to congregate. This method can often act as an early warning system, as it draws them to specific areas where they’re more visible. But it also treats the problem at the same time. Once the ants have become attracted by the bait inside, they will carry the poison into their colony, where it will be released.
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