No homeowner wants to find out that their home is being infested by ants. Ants are difficult to control, they can multiply quickly, and they can also ruin food and beverage supplies. No homeowner wants to find out they have ants, but it’s worse to have ants and not know. If you do spot ants in your home, you may try some DIY methods to control the population yourself. If the ants have already made your home theirs, you will probably want to contact pest control professionals. One step you can take in controlling ants is to notice the behavior of these pests in your home.
Ants Typically Leave a Trail; Follow It
Ants often march in a regimented trail. That means that when you spot one ant inside, others may be close behind. If you can determine whether or not there is a trail of ants, and where that trail is coming from, you can determine the entry point of the ants. Ants don’t need much of a hole to get inside, so it can be tough to spot exactly where they’re getting in. Small gaps in your door frame or window frames can allow ants to find their way in. Sealing these gaps is crucial to protecting your home from insect pests.
How Are the Ants Inside Your Home Behaving?
There are actually many different types of ants, and they can behave differently and indicate different things about the nature of your ant infestation. After you’ve identified a trail of ants marching through your home, notice the size of the ants. Are they all the same, or are they varied in size? Also note the time of day. Some ants are active at night, while others are active during the day. Pavement ants, which are dark brown to black in color, can invade and ruin your food supply. Carpenter ants, which are solid black or reddish black in color, will tunnel through wood as they travel, causing damage to your home. It’s always better to know what kind of pest problem you’re facing.
How Long Do Ants Live?
The lifespan of ants depends on the role of the ant. Male ants live for only a few weeks, and typically die after mating. Worker ants will often live for several months. They will typically forage for food or build a nest for the other ants. That means that when ants get inside and search for food in your home, they’re not just going to die in a day or two, you may have a months-long problem on your hands. Don’t forget, ants are constantly repopulating too, creating even more problems.
Carmel Valley Pest Control Shuts Down Ants
Whether you have an active ant infestation, or you want to prevent one from occurring, Carmel Valley Pest Control can help. Our team of pest control pros will take the steps necessary to ant-proof your home, and root out any current issues. To schedule service, contact Carmel Valley Pest Control in Carmel Valley, CA, today at (858) 350-8838, (760) 736-8838, or (888) 989-8838.