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Ants in North Carolina: Don't Let Them Come Marching in to Your Home
Ants are always unwelcome guests, but when you add a peculiar, rotten coconut-like odor into the mix, these party crashers are even more unpopular. If you're like many North Carolina residents, you may have unwittingly hosted an odorous ant population in your home. These ant control tips from Innovative Pest Management, Inc. will help you keep these stubborn pests out of your house this spring and all year long.
Make a Clean Sweep
A stringent cleaning routine helps deprive ants and other pests of the food and water they seek in your home. Help family members develop and maintain pest-preventing habits with these household tips:
Keep a fresh sponge handy for easy clean-ups Make sweeping up crumbs easy with a hand-broom Put away pet bowls nightly
Cleaning up kitchen messes right away is half the battle. Tend to any plumbing leaks to keep water off the menu as well.
Seal It Up
As with other pests, the ant kingdom will find its way into your home wherever possible. In addition to sneaking in through open doors and windows, these insects are tiny enough to squeeze through holes, gaps, and cracks in your home's exterior. Other common entry points include openings around windows and doors. Caulk these areas or fill them with putty to ant-proof your home. Trim tree branches and bushes to further block access.
Treating an Ant Infestation
If the local ant population ends up taking residence in your home, help is available. While ant bait, bug sprays, diatamaceous earth, and other over-the-counter treatments can be purchased inexpensively, these options are often just temporary fixes. In addition, these products sometimes pose health and safety risks to children and pets. Using them incorrectly puts everyone in danger. That's why professional ant control services are the safest and most effective option for keeping your North Carolina home ant-free.
Ant Control in North Carolina
Innovative Pest Management, Inc. helps residential and commercial customers in North Carolina keep pests from making themselves at home. Based in Raleigh, our family-owned business provides extensive training to our friendly, dependable technicians. Contact us for safe yet powerful ant control solutions for your home or business. In addition to eliminating infestations, we ensure that our customers are armed with the information they need to keep ants and other pests at bay.
Cold Season Combatant: Stopping North Carolina Ants This Winter
It's winter, and ants are just as anxious to get in from the cold as we are. While you may feel helpless seeing these pests march across your floors and counter tops, the good news is you don't have to live with an ant infestation.
Innovative Pest Management, Inc.
explains how North Carolina residents and business owners can clear their properties with effective ant control measures this time of year.
Make Your Home Less Alluring with Vinegar
Although sealing cracks, gaps, and other accidental openings in walls and around entryways may make it more difficult, ants are small enough to find a way into your house. These pests hate the smell of vinegar, so make your home less attractive by whipping up a 1:1 water-and-vinegar solution for the following uses: • Mop floors, especially in the kitchen • Spray around windowsills and doorways to deter entry • Clean counter tops after meals, snack time, and food prep Vinegar is a safe, inexpensive ant repellent that you're likely to already have on hand. It also disrupts pheromone trails they leave behind to communicate with others in their group.
Eliminating Ant Infestations
If you see one ant, there are probably many more elsewhere in your home. A few of these insects may leave the nest they've likely built inside your floors or walls to find food. If you're able to find ants' nests, try spraying them with dish soap or boric acid. Boric acid is toxic, so only apply it in areas where your kids and pets don't have access. But getting rid of nests may not completely eradicate ant infestations in your home or business. In this case, you'll need expert ant control services from trusted professionals.
The Proven Ant Control Professionals
Many property owners are plagued by ant problems during the colder winter months. You don't have to tolerate these pesky bugs, though. When preventive measures and DIY methods don't do the trick, it's time to call in the ant control professionals. Innovative Pest Management, Inc. has helped residential and commercial customers in North Carolina enjoy pest-free properties for 20-plus years. We’ll get rid of ants at your home or business and help prevent future infestations.
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