With over 20,000 different species, ants can be found on nearly every continent on the planet. In fact, ants are arguably the most common insect found in the home. From small nuisance to painful stings and serious home damage, ants can affect our lives in numerous ways both minor and major. The following information will show you how to keep your yard and home free of these annoying pests.
Signs and Symptoms
Spotting signs of these common household pests is not difficult. Here’s what to look for:
- Ant activity. Seeing ants on countertops, flooring, and along baseboards is usually the first sign of an ant problem
- Ant mounds. Usually spread throughout your lawn, garden, and along sidewalks
- Ant bites & stings. Trust us, you won’t fail to notice these
- Carpenter ants. As with common household ants, the first sign of carpenter ants is usually seeing the adults moving throughout your home or structure. Small piles of wood shavings indicate an advanced or serious carpenter ant problem
Where to Treat
For ants, you’ll need to treat both inside and outside your home. Inside—for spot killing and to prevent ants from moving indoors in search of food, water and shelter. Outside—to attack the colony directly and to make your yard inhospitable to troublesome insects, including ants.
Tips for Controlling Ants
Treating your yard each month with our naturally sourced outdoor pesticide, PCO Choice, will control active ant colonies and also help prevent ants from entering your yard—and ultimately your home. Pay special attention to the areas of the yard with the most ant activity, particularly on and around the ant mound. Ants seen indoors, can be addressed with Cedarcide Original. For added protection, spray window sills, baseboards, countertops, door frames and other entry points monthly Cedarcide Original.
Prevention is always the best form of pest control. Follow these simple guidelines to help keep ants out of your yard and home:
- Keep your home clean and free of food debris—particularly the kitchen, sinks, flooring, and countertops.
- Seal food in tightly closed containers.
- Take the trash out regularly
- Seal any cracks, crevices and holes ants could use to enter your home (use caulk or another sealant).