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Hot Springs Homeowners' Useful Ant Prevention Guide

March 05, 2022 - Ants

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When it comes to dealing with ants, the best defense is a good offense. That's why we've put together this ant-prevention guide. In this guide, you'll learn about common ant pests in Hot Springs, how to naturally control them, and where professional ant pest control fits into the picture. Here's all the useful tidbits you need to know about ant pest control in Hot Springs.

Common Types Of Ants In Hot Springs

We have basically two types of ant pests in our area: Household ant pests and biting ant pests. Odorous house ants are an example of household ant pests. They get inside Hot Springs homes and make a nuisance of themselves.

Fire ant species are the ants that bite us in our yards - though those bites are actually stings. You can do much more about household ant pests than you can do about biting ant pests. Fire ants will live in your yard no matter what you do.

The methods used to keep household ants out of your home can prevent fire ants from accidentally getting inside and creating a serious problem. With both of these ants, ant control in your yard is the first step to getting control of ants in your home. 

Why It Can Be Dangerous To Have Ants In Your Home

When considering what to do about ants, it is important to consider the level of threat. Odorous house ants and other household ant pests can spread bacteria and cause stomach illness, but the real threat is fire ant stings.

Fire ants present a unique problem for babies, some elderly people, the infirm, and individuals who have a stinging insect allergy. We recommend contacting a licensed pest professional to deal with ant control in your house if you have a fire ant issue that presents a threat to someone in your home. Don't take any chances.

Six Eco-Friendly & Effective Ant Prevention Tips

At Advanced Pest Control, we know a lot about pest ants. Here are six of our best, eco-friendly prevention tips:

  1. Fire ants can be drawn to meat, grease, oil, and other food options found inside a trash bin. Make sure your trash is in covered containers. If you notice that a receptacle has a bad odor, wash it out. That odor will attract fire ants and several other pest ant species.
  2. Many pest ants eat nectar. A source of nectar that can take over your yard is little flowering weeds. Address weed problems to reduce this sweet food source.
  3. Fire ants, and several other ant species, will feed on insects both alive and dead. If you alter conditions that attract insects, you can reduce the number of ants on your property. We recommend swapping out exterior white lights with yellow lights. 
  4. Address moisture issues. You can do this by cleaning your gutters, removing unnecessary vegetation from your landscaping, and watering your plants in the early morning.
  5. Seal gaps and cracks in your exterior, particularly around exterior doors and utilities. This creates a physical barrier that helps to deter ants from getting inside.
  6. Practice a high level of sanitation around and inside your home. This reduces attractive scents and helps to prevent worker ants from laying down pheromone trails that lead other ants inside. 

These natural prevention tips can make a big difference. They may even be enough to stop indoor ant problems. If more control is needed, contact a licensed professional for ant control solutions.

The Most Effective Ant Control For Your Home

When you need ant control in Hot Springs, contact Advanced Pest Control for our residential pest control service. We use products and methods that effectively target ant colonies and eliminate them. This can stop ant activity in your home and keep ants out of your home all year long. Connect with us today to learn more or to schedule service.