How To Get Rid of Ants: Ant Removal Tips

The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah…cute song when you were a kid, not so cute to see in your house as a homeowner! When you discover you’re sharing your house with ants, you want to know quickly how to get rid of ants.

Know Your Enemy

The most common ant types you will find inside your St. Louis area home are odorous house ant and the wood-destroying carpenter ants. Odorous house ants (so named due to the unpleasant scent they give off if pressed between your fingers), are very tiny (⅛ inch) and are usually found in kitchens and bathrooms. Sometimes you will notice a line of them heading to a pet’s food bowl. Carpenter ants are the largest of these three types of ants, at roughly a half an inch in length. These ants are going to found on windowsills and doorframes. (Outside of your home, carpenter ants are found around gutters, fascia board, or your deck.)

Why Ants Like Your House (and How to Prevent Them From Visiting You)

Ants are drawn indoors for food and water. High moisture areas (e.g. kitchens and bathrooms) will always be most attractive to ants. They also move inside if their outdoor nests get flooded during periods of heavy rainfall.

What does this mean for you, the homeowner? It means there are three ant prevention tips to keep in mind:

  • Keep moisture in your home to an absolute minimum. (Ensure that all plumbing works properly and that there are no leaks. Keep areas around sink fixtures and drains dry after use.)
  • Properly store all food in airtight containers. (Store food immediately after meals. Wipe up crumbs from all surfaces, including floors. Do not leave your pet’s food sitting in a bowl all day.)
  • Keep your gutters clean and remove all leaf debris that gathers around the foundation of your house.

While no preventative measures are foolproof, following these guidelines can greatly reduce your chance of getting an infestation.

How the Professionals at Holper’s Can Give You Your Home Back

Many homeowners run to a hardware store to grab a can of whatever spray looks the strongest and deadliest, thinking that they are saving money on the cost of ant removal. But most over-the-counter (OTC) products wind up merely serving as a repellent, driving the ants to other areas in your home. This is to say nothing of the terrible odor that accompanies OTC sprays!

The only way to rid your home of ants, or any other insects/pests, is to have your home professionally treated. Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions has been taking care of St. Louis homes since 1985, using low-impact materials for the safety of you and your pets. What sets Holper’s apart, and contributes to their success, is a three-pronged attack on your invaders: treating the inside, treating the outside, and using bait outside of your home. Once the initial infestation has been eradicated, this service is done quarterly to ensure that your home stays clear of ants and many other unwanted insects, and the program includes a full guarantee.

To set up your free inspection, please call 314-732-1413 today. For ant removal, call Holper’s because we know how to get rid of ants!

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Three Ant Prevention Tips (or Trying to Avoid the Cost of Extermination)

The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah…cute song when you were a kid, not so cute to see in your house as a homeowner! While the cost of extermination is something you’ll need to address quickly, there are tips you can keep in mind to help prevent re-infestation.

Know Your Enemy

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Acrobat Ant

The most common ant types you will find inside your St. Louis area home are odorous house ants, acrobat ants, and the wood-destroying carpenter ants. Odorous house ants (so named due to the unpleasant scent they give off if pressed between your fingers), are very tiny (⅛ inch) and are usually found in kitchens and bathrooms. Sometimes you will notice a line of them heading to a pet’s food bowl. Acrobat ants vary in length from 1/16 inch to 1/8 inch. They have a distinct abdomen, which is shaped like a heart. They can be seen indoors in kitchens, tunneling through foam insulation, and often times near other insects’ nests, as they are predators. Lastly, carpenter ants are the largest of these three types of ants, at roughly a half an inch in length. These ants are going to found on windowsills and doorframes. (Outside of your home, carpenter ants are found around gutters, fascia board or your deck.)

Why Ants Like Your House (and How to Prevent Them From Visiting You)

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Carpenter Ant

Ants are most often drawn indoors for food and water. High moisture areas (e.g. kitchens and bathrooms) will always be most attractive to ants. They also move inside if their outdoor nests get flooded during periods of heavy rainfall. Foodwise, odorous house ants are particularly drawn to sweets, but any food with easy access is going to be attractive to them. Acrobat ants are drawn to any other insects in your home to make them their next meal. Carpenter ants eat outdoors, but tunnel through your moisture-damaged wood to make their satellite nests.

What does this mean for you, the homeowner?  It means there are three ant prevention tips to keep in mind:

●     Keep moisture in your home to an absolute minimum. (Ensure that all plumbing works properly and that there are no leaks. Keep areas around sink fixtures and drains dry after use.)

●      Properly store all food in air-tight containers. (Store food immediately after meals. Wipe up crumbs from all surfaces, including floors. Do not leave your pet’s food sitting in a bowl all day.)

●     Keep your gutters clean and remove all leaf debris that gathers around the foundation of your house.

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Odorous Ant

While no prevention can guarantee you will never get ants, following these guidelines can greatly reduce your chance of getting an infestation. Vigilance is important to catch the problem when it begins, so that professional extermination can be brought in as soon as possible to rid your home of the pests.

How the Professionals at Holper’s Can Give You Your Home Back

Many homeowners, at the first sight of ants, run to a hardware store to grab a can of whatever spray looks the strongest and deadliest, thinking that they are saving money on the cost of extermination. But most over-the-counter (OTC) products wind up merely serving as a repellent, driving the ants to other areas in your home, instead of exterminating them. This is to say nothing of the terrible odor that accompanies OTC sprays!

The only way to rid your home of ants, or any other insects/pests, is to have your home professionally treated. The experts at Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions have been taking care of St. Louis homes since 1985 and always use low-impact materials for the safety of you and your pets. What sets Holper’s apart, and contributes to their success, is a three-pronged attack on your invaders: treating the inside, treating the outside, and using bait outside of your home. This service is done quarterly to ensure that your home stays clear of ants and many other unwanted insects. The cost of extermination for the program includes a full guarantee.

To set up your free inspection, please call 314-732-1413 today. You will find the cost of extermination saves you time and peace of mind in the end!

 

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Ant Removal Services: Three Places Ants Like to Hide in Your Home

Now that warm weather is here, do you find yourself performing your own ant removal services, laying down one ant trap after another, hoping to eradicate those lines of ants that march like soldiers across your counters, window frames, and furniture? If so, you may have more than a seasonal ant problem, you may have a full-blown ant infestation.

If so, the ants probably aren’t coming into your home from the outside, gathering up morsels of food for the colony, and then heading back to nature to deliver the goods. A more likely scenario is that the ants have found a place to hide in your residence, as they try to build colonies in the house areas where sustenance is plentiful and easy to get, such as the areas below.

Inside Walls
Ants are natural ground dwellers, but they aren’t committed to living solely in soil. They mostly want an enclosed space that makes it hard for their natural predators to disrupt the colony. Consequently, if ants find that your home is a good place to secure sustenance, they won’t mind trading their subterranean surroundings for a living space inside a wall in your residence.

Once ants start colonizing in the walls of your home, they become virtually impossible to eradicate with do-it-yourself solutions. More often than not, professional ant removal services, such as those that Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions provides, are needed to solve the problem.

Potted Plants
Because ants are naturally inclined to colonize in soil, it isn’t much of stretch for them to use the soil of a large, potted plant to form a sister colony. Because the soil for potted plants is typically rather dark, it can be hard to see ants moving across it. However, you can often see them climbing on the leaves and stems of the plant, as they go about their food gathering missions.

If a potted plant in your home is home base for an ant colony, you may be able to solve the problem by repotting the plant and depositing the old soil away from your residence. However, if the ants have been in the pot long enough, some of them may have migrated to other places in your home — a situation that typically requires professional ant removal services.

Air Conditioners
In addition to spots that offer protective seclusion, ants also like places that have a steady supply of moisture. When they live outside, rainwater soaks into the soil and provides the moisture ants need. But when they move their operations indoors, they sometimes colonize inside air conditioning units due to the high level of condensation inside the equipment.

If it comes down to getting a new air conditioner or using ant removal services to purge the equipment of ants, we recommend the latter solution. Why? Because air conditioners can be expensive, and the problem isn’t really your air conditioning unit; it is the ants that live inside it.

Have an Ant Problem?
Don’t hesitate, let Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions examine your residence as soon as possible. We’ll know exactly what must be done to solve the problem. For more information about our ant removal services and removal services for other pests, call us today at (314) 732-1413, or fill out the contact form on our website. We look forward to helping you!