Ants are common insects found in the backyard or crawling up tree trunks at the park. But when ants start making their way into your Chula Vista home, they go from being common outdoor insects to indoor pests. While most ants are more of an annoyance, marching across your table or along your wall looking for crumbs, some seemingly harmless ants could actually cause damage. Ant control solutions in Chula Vista, CA. start with prevention practices, identification of what kind of ants you have, and calling a pest control pro to eliminate ants from your home.
Ant prevention tips
It only takes one ant to find a drop of a sugary spill that will soon lead to a long line of ants being drawn to that single spot in your kitchen. Ants send out a pheromone trail to let other ants know that they have found something delicious. Disrupting the trail of ants may seem like the best idea, but it often causes the ants to spread out in search of new locations to find food. Keeping a tidy home is the best way to keep ants from coming inside in the first place.
- Consistently wipe down countertops and tables where food is either served or consumed
- Sweep after every meal to ensure crumbs have not fallen to the ground
- Caulk around windows and doors to eliminate entry points that ants may be using to enter the home
Knowing what you are dealing with
If you find ants in your Chula Vista home, identifying whether or not they are relatively harmless or if they can cause damage is crucial. Carpenter ants are larger than your average ant and the worker ants have wings and they can cause structural damage to your home.
You also want to be sure the insects you see are not termites, which could entail a different method of eradication.
- Ants have a wasp-like or pinched waist
- Termites bodies go straight back from their heads
- Ant wings have two sets with the top set longer than the bottom
- Termites have two sets of wings but both sets are similar in size.
- Ants have bent or elbowed antennae
- Termites’ antennae are straight
Call a pest control pro to eliminate ants from your home
A few ants here and there may not seem like a big problem at first. But ants are singular members to a potentially massive colony. If food and water are found in your home, a few ants will soon signal to the rest of their nest to enter in search of food. For every line of ants you see invading your home, there is a mound outside where the ants are coming from and returning to with crumbs from your kitchen. Ant control pros in Chula Vista will first deal with the ants that are inside your house, and then will stop the ants at the source by eradicating their outside colonies.
For the best ant control solutions in Chula Vista, CA, give the licensed and trained professionals at Nixtermite a call today to start eliminating ants from your home.