How to keep ants away from your home in Eastern CT (and beyond)

The best way of getting rid of ants is to use an Integrated Pest Management program to identify the source and use low-risk effective methods to effectively neutralize the pests.

Ants can be more than just a nuisance. Odorous ants contaminate food and carpenter ants build nests by tunneling through wood — damaging wall framing and other wood materials of your house, located in Eastern Connecticut.

Avoid creating a haven for ants. Ants look for food, water, and shelter. Try to minimize their access to each.

These indoor tips will not only make your home less welcoming to ants, but also to cockroaches, rodents, and other pests:

  • Don’t leave crumbs or spills; clean those tempting food items up—before an ant decides to do it for you.
  • Wipe off those sticky syrup and honey bottles — better yet, stick them in the fridge. A little bit of goo for you, is a smorgasbord for a tiny ant.
  • Wrap up sticky or stinky trash — and if possible keep in a sealed waste bin until trash day. The best way to get rid of your old vegetables, fruit scraps, and coffee grounds? Put them in your compost bin, away from your house. You’ll be creating great compost while keeping pest enticements away from your living space.

These outdoor tips will reduce an insect’s water source along with eliminating easy entrances.

  • Remove water sources such as drips or leaks. (Not only to reduce pests such as ants and termites, but to prevent mold and other house damage.) 
  • Trim back trees and bushes from your home to reduce access. Once again, this not only makes it more difficult for insects to get inside, but it will help reduce other nuisance animals such as squirrels and mice from visiting your attic space.
  • Repair window screens and fix up gaps along the screen edges.
  • Caulk cracks around windows or doors. Save on heating and cooling bills while keeping ants out!
  • Repair masonry cracks. Having the job done right may cost you less time and money than you expect with an experienced mason.

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Bonus Blog Article

Pest-Proofing Your House in the Fall (and Winter)

Fall is here! As the weather grows more chilly, we will certainly want to spend more time keeping warm indoors, meaning pests will want to, too. This means, you may see signs of mice, cockroaches, and spiders indoors.

SEE ALSO: 11 Fall Pest Control & Prevention Tips →

These pests can be both health risks to families and physical risks to the structure of your home. Mice and rats carry diseases such as Salmonella and can damage drywall and electrical wires throughout a home. Cockroaches trigger allergies and asthma, especially in young children.

Pests are now in survival mode and are looking to relocate to a new home for the new winter. The ideal spot will be someplace warm and near a food source. This means your home is the ideal spot.

Don’t want pests this fall? Here are 11 pest-proofing tips and ideas:

  1. Check for stow-aways! Inspect grocery bags and boxes before you bring them inside.
  2. Repair damaged screens.
  3. Install door sweeps.
  4. Store firewood away from the house.
  5. Trim shrubbery at least 1 foot away from the foundation.
  6. Replace loose mortar around basement windows.
  7. Install weather stripping in all doors and windows.
  8. Make sure your garbage bags are in sealed bins and barrels.
  9. Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of your home. Caulk will do just fine.
  10. Make sure all outdoor faucets are off and non-leaking.
  11. Make sure vents and screens near chimneys and attics aren’t broken or ripped.

If you see signs of an infestation, give us a call for rodent control and blocking services!

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