Ants are an incredibly invasive insect, and getting rid of an infestation on your own can be difficult. Rock Hill, SC may be the “Gateway to South Carolina,” but homes and businesses in this city are a common gateway for this pest, who take advantage of the sprawling development and prevalence of nature. As a provider of safe, effective ant control the experts at Innovative Pest Management, Inc. explain how to prevent infestations around your property.
Understand Ant Behavior
Ant colonies often build nests outdoors but venture inside for food and water. These bugs will forage in your home or business and bring their finds back to feed the rest of the colony. Other colonies nest indoors, making themselves right at home inside your house or commercial property. The goal is to avoid having them see your property as a source of sustenance.
Make Your Property Less Ant-Friendly
Maintaining a spotless home or workplace is a must when it comes to preventive ant control. Even if your home is very clean, the occasional missed spill happens – especially when kids are in the picture. Cleaning up crumbs and spills as soon as they occur is key, but proper food storage is just as important. Store all food in airtight containers or in the refrigerator, and avoid leaving pet food out for long periods of time. Water also attracts ants, so clear up any leaky pipes or call in a plumber to prevent an infestation.
Make it as difficult as possible for the local ant population to get into your home or place of business. Like most pests, these insects make their way inside via cracks, holes, and other unintentional points of entry. The best defense is to caulk or otherwise seal off gaps around doorways and windows and in your foundation or walls. Place salt around entryways as an added deterrent; the ant population hates it, but it's non-toxic to children and pets. Diatomaceous earth is used to kill these insects, but it’s also dangerous to kids and animals.
Ant Control from the Rock Hill’s Professionals
If you spot even a single ant inside your home or business, you probably already have an infestation. Don't tackle the problem alone, as DIY sprays and baits don’t always the trick. The ant control professionals at Innovative Pest Management, Inc. has the state-of-the-art equipment and knowledge of the latest techniques to safely banish ants from your home or business. We serve residential and commercial customers in Rock Hill, SC, so contact us today to schedule an appointment.