By Hope Bowman, Technical Specialist, Western Pest Services
Ants are one of the most persistent pests encountered in and around residential housing during summer. These tiny intruders find their way inside as they forage for food and shelter. They enter through small cracks and crevices and once inside are able to leave a trail of pheromones that attract more ants. Managing ant infestations can be difficult because of their resilience and versatility; sometimes it can take weeks to fully treat and clear an area once a colony is discovered.
Ants may be small, but they can be a major nuisance for residents and, depending on the species, can be a health threat or even a detriment to building structures. The best way to reduce the likelihood of an infestation is with Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which eliminates the root causes of pest problems. Below are a few IPM tips to help prevent ant infestations:
Work with a pest management professional to help eliminate ant attractors on your property this summer and lessen the chance of an ant infestation. A professional can determine the best solutions to fit your property and your residents’ needs.
Hope Bowman is a Technical Specialist and Board Certified entomologist with Western Pest Services, a New-Jersey based pest management company serving businesses and homeowners in major Northeastern markets.