It is not fun having ants in your home. It is even less fun when the ants in your home create a foul odor. This is what odorous house ants tend to do and, unfortunately, it is common to find these ants inside man-made structures in our area. If you're struggling with these ants, you've come to the right place.
We're going to discuss why odorous house ants in Aiken have decided to get into your home, what you can do to make them go away, and how you can keep them from coming in again. If you need immediate assistance with an ant infestation, you can connect with us here at Aiken Pest Control through our contact page for an expeditious resolution to your odorous house ant problem.
Does Having Odorous House Ants In My Home Mean It's Dirty?
A dirty home can invite these ants in. Odorous house ants feed on food particles and rotting organic material. When food debris drops to the floor, it can offer an enticing incentive for these ants to live in your home. This is an important fact to consider if you want to get rid of odorous house ants that have gotten inside.
Will Odorous House Ants Go Away On Their Own?
They could go away on their own but we would recommend holding your breath while you wait for this to happen. If odorous house ants have found food in your home, they will have left invisible trails on surfaces in your home to guide other ants in their colony to the food sources they've found. These invisible chemicals must be washed away and the food sources need to be cleaned up. If you take the time to deep clean your kitchen, pantry, and living room, you may be able to get rid of odorous house ants.
How To Prevent Reinfestation In Your Home
Once you've dealt with an odorous house ant infestation, how do you prevent future infestations? We have a few suggestions that will help:
Do a detailed inspection of your exterior and seal any potential entry points. There are a few trouble spots that you should check first. Your exterior doors can have gaps around them. Replace weatherstripping, door sweeps, and screens that aren't getting the job done. Your utilities can have gaps around them. Use a caulking gun to fill in gaps around pipes and wire conduits, and fill in holes in rotted wood. If you have unprotected vents, cover them with a screen material to keep ants out. If you have cracks in your foundation, use a repair kit to seal those cracks. While it is impossible to fully exclude these ants from your home, removing potential entry points can have a big impact.
Alter the conditions near your home to deter ant activity and reduce potential entry. Remove standing water and conditions that promote standing water. Reduce moisture in your landscaping by cleaning and repairing gutters. Keep trash receptacles as clean as possible to remove smells that attract these ants. Clean recycling that is stored in your garage, shed, or some other exterior location. Address aphid issues in your landscaping. Aphids create honeydew and odorous house ants love honeydew.
Keep on top of yard work. Removing leaf litter and leaf piles can deter odorous house ants and other pests.
If you apply these prevention tips, you can deter odorous house ants from getting into your home. This could reduce odorous house ant problems to a level that is well below your threshold of comfort.
How Can I Get Rid Of Odorous House Ants Permanently?
The best way to get rid of odorous house ants and prevent issues with ants and other pests is to get year-round pest control for your home. If you live in Aiken, we can help you with this. We offer industry-leading pest control in Aiken and we've developed a process that combines control services together to give you the best bang for your buck. When you have routine visits from your Aiken Pest Control service professional, you'll get a range of services that directly and indirectly work to manage odorous house ant pressures on your property.
You probably know this, but it is a bug-eat-bug world out there. The solution to pest problems in Aiken is to reduce all the pest activity around your home. There is no better way to do this than to have appropriate and routine treatments, general pest maintenance, and targeted control of pests around your home. Let us help you get the best control possible.
Reach out to us today to speak with one of our friendly agents or request a pest control inspection for your Aiken property. You don't have to live with odorous house ants in your home. Life is so much better without pests. Start living the good life, we can help.