Ant Deterring Plants For Your Home

Plants That Repel Ants

There are few greater frustrations than your house being invaded by ants. From big to small, there is always one that sneaks its way in. And where there’s one, there’s likely many. While your initial instinct would be to call an exterminator, you might want to first consider some natural remedies. Several plants take the medal stand in terms of repelling ants. With that being said, you might want to take a trip to your local gardening store to seek out these anti-ant plants. Continue reading

How to Identify the Types of Ants in Your Home

Although they are small, ants can be big pests when they colonize in your house. Ants normally enter your home near a water or food source –, so either typically the kitchen or bathroom. They normally travel in trails and can range anywhere from the size of a grain of rice to almost microscopic. Two of the most common types of ants you will find are odorous house ants and carpenter ants. The first step to getting rid of them is identifying them.

Identifying House Ants

Identifying Odorous House Ants

Odorous house ants love sugar and will mostly be found in the kitchen. These ants leave a trail when they travel, so just killing the ones you see won’t get rid of the problem. The rest of the colony will smell the trail and come right back to the same place. The only solution is to eliminate the entire colony. The first step to getting rid of ants is to sponge clean where you saw them walking. This will get rid of their odorous trail and prevent the rest of the population from finding them. Then locate where they entered your home and place poisonous ant bait to kill the rest when they try to enter.

Identifying Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are most commonly found in homes near wooded areas. They normally will live outside your house for a while before entering when they are searching for food and water. These ants will not bring the placed bait back to their nests, so placing it at the entry point will not work. Carpenter ants dig tunnels within holes, so to find their nest look for little piles of sawdust where they have entered the wood. They search for soft, moist wood that is easy to burrow into. If you can’t find the nest but know where they are entering your home, try following them back to their colony. They most natural way to get rid of these ants is to inject diatomaceous earth into their nest. It is made from decomposed algae skeletons and is not poisonous to humans, but lethal to insects. This treatment might have to be repeated more than once. Different ants can be hard to identify and require different types of treatment. If you cannot get the ants out of your home, contact Dustin Pest Control for professional advice and treatment.

How to Prevent Pests from Ruining Date Night

You’ve prepared the meal, set the table and lit the candles, or maybe you’ve picked out a favorite movie, popped some popcorn, and sunk into the sofa. Sounds like the perfect date night options, right? The last thing you or your date would want would be for any of uninvited guest to ruin the evening. Here’s how to prevent pests from ruining date night.

Ants

The army is marching, and its destination is your beautifully prepared meal (or delicious snacks!). No one wants their house to be covered with ants. They’re definitely a force to be reckoned with. Make sure your food is stored properly and that your kitchen is clean to avoid these intruders.

Mosquitos

SMACK! Your hand strikes your thigh with a force, and then you watch the bug flutter away unscathed. Itching, scratching and swatting is not the way you want to spend your romantic evening. As insignificant as these pests might seem, they sure can have an impact on your comfortability and enjoyment. Make sure to keep your doors and windows sealed tight as to prevent them from inviting themselves in.  

Cockroaches

The cockroach is the juggernaut of all pests: they are very resilient. The biggest concern with these bugs is their reputation for carrying disease. When you’re trying to enjoy a nice meal and the company of a loved one, you certainly don’t want to have to think about the possible disease scurrying around your kitchen or living room looking for scraps. Keeping a clean home is step one in avoiding cockroaches.

Rodents

“Eek, a mouse!” Not only can rodents be an annoyance, they can also be a danger to you, your health and your evening. These pests crawl around inside your walls chewing through wood, insulation, and wiring—and those aren’t the sparks you want around on date night! Rodent excrement can also be responsible for the spread of some illnesses and diseases that you definitely don’t want in your home. Look out for rat/mouse droppings in garages and other damp places around your home. Set traps or call a professional to get them taken care of. Don’t let date night be interrupted again, call Dustin Pest Control today!

How to Get Rid of Ants In The House

With spring in full swing, it’s also a time for more ant infestations. Most ants are looking for sugary or greasy items to bring back to their colony. Knowing this and responding appropriately is key. Follow these tips to learn how to get rid of ants in the house.

Types of Ants

Before you determine your plan of attack, it’s helpful to know what kind of ants you’re dealing with.

Carpenter Ants – If you start to find wood shavings laying around your home, you could have a carpenter ant infestation. These guys are looking for protein and are gnawing through moist wood to create nests.

Sugar Ants – These are the most common ant you’ll find in your home, usually in the springtime. Also known as odorous house ants, these guys are looking for food.

Black Ants – These incredibly tiny ants, also called pavement ants, are typically outdoor critters but will enter your home to scavenge for food.

Getting Rid Of Ants

The Basics – When it comes to ant control, prevention is key. Keeping a clean home and storing food in durable air-tight containers will shut off their food supply. Wiping down surfaces with disinfectant will remove any odor that could be attracting ants in search of food.

Considerations – Even the cleanest homes can have an ant infestation. Also bear in mind that over-the-counter ant spray will kill the ants you see, but will not provide a comprehensive solution that gets to the source of the colony.

When To Call In The Pros – Sometimes the ants just aren’t going to go away until you get professional help. Pest control experts can identify the source of the colony and eliminate the problem for good. In the case of carpenter ants, a more involved approach involving professionals is typically required, and a failure to do so can lead to structural damage (or worsen any current structural issues).

Having problems with an ant control issue? Contact Dustin Pest Control today to get started on a solution that works!

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