Ants are some of the most resilient creatures on earth. There is an estimated 1 million+ ants per human. Here in Virginia we can see many different species but most commonly see carpenter ants, pavement ants, odorous house ants, and fire ants.
The most common sign of an ant infestation is to see the actual ants. They might appear in a trail coming from a window or door or as individuals scattered across a kitchen counter. One or two ants should not raise alarm however, if you begin seeing multiple individuals several times a day over the course of 2-3 days you may have an infestation.
Step 1 – Remove any food sources the ants are attracted too. Clean up crumbs or spills with a disinfectant cleaner to mask their pheromones which will delay more ants moving into the area.
Step 2 – Seal up all food in air tight containers such as table sugar, butter, dog food, snacks, cereal, etc… Removing potential food sources will help avoid attracting more ants into the area.
Step 3 – Try to seal up any holes or cracks that are accessible to the ants with caulk or other construction filler. Common places for ants to enter homes are cracks at the sill plate and foundation, window sills, door jams, utility wire conduits, dryer or bathroom exhaust vents, and other areas that look susceptible to ants using as an entrance to your home. You may even find an ant trail while inspecting your home for these entrances.
If you are still finding ants, you may have a nest nearby outside or inside your home. Call Harmony for help! 804-647-9215