When it comes to effective ant control, the secret is understanding why and how ants get into Boise homes. Once you have this important information under your belt, you'll be able to apply prevention and control methods to effectively keep ants out of your Boise home. Let's take a look at ant infestations in a way you may have never looked at them, and discuss what works best to get rid of ants in Boise.
How To Identify An Ant Infestation In Your Home
When you see ants in your home is it time to call a professional for ant pest control? While having a bunch of ants in your home is technically an infestation, it doesn't mean your home is infested. Many ant species will create ground colonies near structures and routinely get inside, without ever creating an indoor colony. How can you tell your home is infested? It can be difficult, but we have a few suggestions.
- Some ants carry soil into homes when they create an indoor colony. If you do a detailed inspection and find soil on floors or leaking out of cracks, you have an indoor infestation.
- Some ants tunnel in the wood of man-made structures. These ants are called carpenter ants. If you have a carpenter ant species, it may be living in a structural void or inside the wood of your home. In either case, there is likely to be sawdust. As with soil, you can look for sawdust on floors, leaking out of cracks, and on other surfaces. You may also see carpenter ants. It is important that you know how to identify carpenter ants, especially if you have black carpenter ants in your home. This species can do quite a bit of damage over time.
- All ants create winged reproductives. If you have a colony in your home, you may see these wings insects indoors, or you may find their shed wings laying around your home. These are a sure sign of an infestation.
How To Identify Carpenter Ants
These are the largest ants that get into Boise homes. They may be entirely black or dark red and black, depending on the species. Workers vary in size because there are minor and major workers in a carpenter ant colony. They may be ¼ to ⅝ inches in length. Winged reproductives are twice as large. If you see a winged ant in your home that is larger than an inch, you have a carpenter ant infestation. Black and red carpenter ant species may only do minor damage and live in structural voids rather than galleries carved in wood timbers. While it is a good idea to use effective ant control to get rid of them, the real threat is black carpenter ants. It is very bad to have black carpenter ants in your home. Contact a professional for ant pest control if you see these ants.
How Ants Get Into Your Home
If you don't have ants in your home yet, you can keep them out by applying pest maintenance. There are three primary reasons ants get inside: You have lots of ants near your home, ants find entry points, and they find a food source inside.
- Ant prevention starts with ant control in your yard. Remove habitat options by raking up leaves and removing sticks. Remove food sources, such as open garbage, insects that produce honeydew, and flowering weeds. Address moisture issues, such as clogged gutters. This will reduce ants.
- It is hard to keep on top of ant control in your yard, and ant control is rarely complete control. This is why it is important to use a caulking gun to seal entry points. Fill in holes, gaps, and cracks. Once you've done that, make sure you don't have any gaps around exterior doors and windows.
- When ants get into your home and find food, they let the other ants in their colony know about it. Clean floors, wipe down trash receptacles, and clean counters to remove the pheromone trails ants follow.
Why Do-It-Yourself Ant Control Rarely Gets Rid Of The Problem
Boise residents often turn to ant control products and methods to get control of ants. In many cases, these products and methods fall short because they simply don't work. There are a lot of home remedies and misguided suggestions on the internet. It is also possible to use the right ant control solutions, such as baits and mound treatments, and sill not achieve control ants. This is because all ants don't take all baits, and mound treatments can fail to get deep enough.
The Secret To Total Ant Elimination In Your Boise Home
If you need reliable pest control solutions in Boise, it is best to contact Affinity Pest Control. We use industry-leading ant control products and field-tested methods to get the best results. When ants become a problem in your home or on your property, reach out to Affinity Pest Control to stop those ants in their tracks. Learn more about our residential and commercial exterminator service options.