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Ants Are A Potential Danger To Your Home

Most people consider ants so commonplace that they don’t realize that they can be a real hazard. Even if the colony of ants is outdoors, it’s usually just a matter of time before it starts moving indoors. It’s a good idea to think of ant control before they start nesting in the clothing and moving into the kitchen. Some of them may eat you out of house and home.

Some ants sting and cause allergic reactions, vomiting or at least pain for some people. Even ants that don’t bite are finding ways to reach the food inside the home. They may travel for many meters crossing bird and rat droppings before they walk on the food. Carpenter ants are a serious danger to a house, and, if these are found, a professional ant control company should be called.

Ant control St. Louis will be able to find the ants wherever they are. Outdoors they will be under logs, in decayed wood, in crevices in brickwork, in garbage bins, in planter pots and garden beds as well as paved areas and lawns.

The main problems with ants in the garden are the mounds they make on lawns that can kill grass and destroy the grass roots. Another problem is when they infest paved areas and remove the sand between the paving stones making the pathway unsightly and unstable. Ants also help unwanted insects overrun plants. Ant control St. Louis will remove these infestations.

Carpenter ants don’t eat wood. They just hollow out spaces in the wood for their nests and weaken the structure. Ant control St. Louis has the means to remove carpenter ants without using toxic chemicals. Some common signs that carpenter ants are nearby is a rustling sound from inside the walls, sawdust on the floor or window sill and a trail of ants that moves between a pile of wood outside and the home.

Inside the house, ants are usually behind skirting, in wall voids, around foundations, beneath floors and in cupboards and stoves. Killing the ants that can be seen is not sufficient ant control. The trail they leave from their nest to the food source is called pheromone, which is a chemical that is resistant to rain and sun and lasts for a long time. If the ants are gone, the trail to the food source remains.

The first steps to take for ant control is to remove the attraction. Food should be put in sealed containers and the area should be wiped clean with a little liquid dish soap on a sponge. The garbage area should also be kept sealed and clean. Ant control St. Louis will instruct the home owner on the best strategies for chemical and non-chemical techniques.

There are more than 12,000 species of ants in the world and people never see most of them, but the ones they do see can be a real problem. The main ants seen indoors are the grease or thief ant, the odorous house ant, the pharaoh ant, the pavement ant and the carpenter ant.

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