Control of Ant Infestation

Control of Ant Infestation

July 17, 2017

The last few weeks we have seen an uptick in Ants everywhere.

The most common ants in Michigan are carpenter ants. You may see them crawling out of vents or other areas of your home or you may hear them rustling inside your walls as they move around to make their nests.  Keep an eye out for small piles of wood shavings around your home as this is a sign of them building their nests.  Other ant species can be in more hard to find places and are more difficult to spot.

Control of an Ant Infestation:

Seal – Ants look for the cracks and crevices in walls, windows, and foundations.  Seal as many of these as you find as they are points of entry for ants.

Clean –  After sealing what cracks you can find, it’s important to clean them.  Ants leave an invisible trail so that other ants can find the resource they may have discovered.  Clean with soap and water to wash away these trails.

Remove –  Things such as sugar, grease, and other foods are one of the main reasons ants enter the home.  Keep these things in sealed containers.

Dehydrate – As we know Ants need moisture to survive.  Check for leaks around garden hoses and make sure gutters and downspouts are draining away from the house.  These are two places that ants will be attracted to for moisture.

How can you get rid of Ants:

Ants can be dealt with in a number of ways.  We sell a variety of products at the garden center that will work to get rid of them.

Baiting the ants is one of the most effective ways to eliminate them.  TERRO Perimeter TERRO Liquid Ant Bait and TERRO Ant Bait Plus work well for this.  This kills the ants over a few day period as they carry it back to their nest and share it with other ants.

Contact killers work more quickly to get rid of ants.  TERRO Ant Killer Spray provides instant control of ants and a long lasting residual for up to 6 weeks.

Perimeter killers help to prevent ants from coming into the home.  Apply TERRO Outdoor Ant Killer around your home’s perimeter.  This will kill ants on contact and also provide long lasting residual protection.

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