Ants are the most common pests in the United States, and they’re one of the most frustrating. If you feel like ants keep coming back to your home no matter what you do, you’re not alone. Fortunately, it is possible to get rid of an ant infestation for good with professional help.
There are around 450 species of ants throughout the country, and the Joplin, Missouri area is home to about 10. You should know which species are common to your area, what damage they can do, and how you can prevent them from entering your house.Pest-A-Way ProgramsSchedule Ant Control
It can be challenging to get an ant problem under control without professional help. The main reason ants are so hard to kill is because they live in such massive colonies. One nest is home to around 250,000 ants, and even if you destroy the nest, hundreds or thousands of ants will survive.
Ant colonies can be hard to locate, too. You may see groups of ants in your home, but the nest is usually hidden away under the ground or deep inside the walls of the house. Then, if you do discover the colony, the surviving ants can quickly move to a new location.
Not all ants are exactly the same, so the first step in getting rid of an infestation is figuring out which type you’re dealing with. Here are the species you’re most likely to encounter if you live in Missouri, Kansas, or Oklahoma:
Certain types of ants can cause serious damage to your home. Carpenter ants are particularly harmful because they hollow out wooden structures to hatch their eggs. If a carpenter ant infestation goes untreated for long enough, it can affect the structural integrity of your house.
To prevent ants from taking up residence in your home, you should reduce their access to the things they’re attracted to. Ants are always in search of food, and they’re especially interested in sugar. Keep sugary foods in tightly sealed containers, and clean up spills on your countertops or floor immediately. Ants like to feed on grease, too, so wiping up greasy spills right away can prevent an infestation.
Moisture is another risk factor for an ant infestation. Ants may detect a leak before you do, so look for leaks or drips around your sink, fridge, washing machine, and other appliances that use water.
Reducing the ant population outside your home can also reduce your risk of an infestation. Some homeowners pour boiling water into anthills to get rid of colonies. To entirely remove the population, though, you may have to use chemical treatments
Working with a professional exterminator is the best way to eliminate an existing ant problem or prevent an infestation from occurring. Ants live in enormous colonies and can relocate and multiply quickly, but pest control experts have the right tools and equipment to eliminate the problem safely.Schedule A Pest Control Appointment
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