Why Do I Have An Ant Infestation On My Sacramento Property?
July 15, 2020 - Ants
Most pests come with a fair share of variety. In the U.S., there are 45 different kinds of termites, 69 species of cockroaches, and 70 species of mice. This number may seem like a lot, but it is nothing compared to ants. In the U.S. alone, there are over 1000 species of ants. Many of these species regularly cause trouble in and around Sacramento properties. The question is, what draws ants to invade Sacramento homes? Here are some things you should know about these pests, including why they might be crawling around inside your living areas.
What Ants Live In Sacramento
Sacramento is home to 270 species of ants. Thankfully, not all of these pests regularly invade properties. The few you should know about include the Argentine ant, the carpenter ant, the odorous house ant, the velvety tree ant, the thief ant, the pharaoh ant, and the pavement ant.
Despite their size, color, and shape differences, most ants have the same food preferences and share the same behaviors. Most ants eat both sweets and meats and do not care if items have spoiled. These pests flock to outdoor gatherings and are quick to take advantage of dropped scraps of food and spilled liquids. Once ants gather food, they then carry it back to their large colonies. These colonies may be found inside lawns, under large ant hills, inside the wall and ceiling voids of manufactured structures, or in some cases inside structural wood.
Why Ants Invade Homes
Ants will invade homes for a few different reasons. Most often, infestations start with a single scout. Scout ants are workers that wander around looking for sources of food and moisture. If they find something they think their queen and colony might like to snack on, they will leave a pheromone trail back to workers to guide them in. If you have ever seen ants moving along a weaving trail in an organized fashion, this is what they are doing.
Ants may take up residence inside a structure if conditions outside are unfavorable or if building a nest indoors gives them easier access to resources. Infestations become much more common during the winter months, heat waves, and periods of inclement weather.
Some Prevention Tips To Keep Ants Out
If your home is not already crawling with invasive ants, now is your time to act to keep these pests outside where they belong. To do this, here are some helpful tips and tricks to use around your property.
- Fill in holes, gaps, and cracks in your foundation using a caulk or some liquid cement.
- Address damage to window and door screens, door sweeps, and weatherstripping.
- Keep doors and windows shut when they are not in use.
- Clean up food messes and drink spills as they occur around your home and outdoors.
- Keep clutter to a minimum and clean surfaces regularly.
- Package leftover food away inside airtight containers.
When To Get A Professional Involved
There are two reasons to involve a pest control professional with your ant problems. First, you may not have the time to prevent these pests from taking over and want a quick and easy solution to keep them outside year-round. The next may be because these pests are already inside and causing trouble. For advanced solutions at affordable prices, trust the experts at Defender Termite & Pest Management. We understand invasive pests and have the industrial-grade tools needed to keep them out of your home. Call us today to learn more.