There’s been a lot of heavy rain this week and more is coming this weekend. Then, early next week, we’re seeing some higher, warmer temperatures.
No, we aren’t becoming Indianapolis’s newest weather station, but the weather definitely affects when we start seeing certain pests. And around rainy weather, we start getting a lot of calls asking us to come and treat for ants. So why does rain mean it’s time for ant treatments?
During the rain, ants can come inside your home looking for a dry place to stay. Ants leave a scent trail to help them find their way around the world, which they leave on surfaces while they’re finding their way into your home. When the rain dries up, that scent trail allows them to find their way back to the nest.
There are a lot of things that can make ants want to stay in your home, particularly of the food and drink variety. The important thing to remember is to keep an eye out for any food or drink that may have been left out. Pet food, dirty dishes, and mostly empty soda cans can send a message to ants that they this is a place where they can get food. Plus, with the scent trail that they’ve left behind, other ants are able to follow the original ant straight into your home. You’ll want to make sure to clean up any food or drinks that have been left out before a technician comes to treat your home.
Our technicians understand ants, and can educate you on why ants are still coming into your home. But if you understand how they work, then you can continue to prevent ants in your space!
In order to kill off an ant colony, one important thing to understand is how ant colonies operate. Because queen ants are the only ones that can lay eggs, that’s who our technicians aim to eliminate. What makes that tricky, however, is that queen ants don’t leave the nest. Instead, they send out worker ants to makes ant hills and gather food.
Bait traps are one of the best resources that our technicians use to get rid of the ants in your home. The ants then have food to take back to the nest (since you shouldn’t have anything left for them once the area is clear of food). Once they have the bait and bring it back to the nest, the queen and the other ants feed on it.
REMEMBER – it may take a few days for the ants to stop coming! The bait will kill off the queen and other ants as they eat it, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be gone immediately. If the colony is large, a technician may have to come back and refill the bait in order for it to continue to kill the colony.
Once one colony has been taken care of, it may feel like you’re finished with ants forever! But ants and other insects outnumber us by quite a bit, so ants from other areas could eventually come back and invade your yard and home. To minimize their chances of coming inside, be sure to check around any possible entry points such as windows, doors, pipe and wire holes. Check the seals and make sure they’re tight enough to prevent bugs from coming into your home.
Now that you understand how getting rid of ants works, it’s time to get down to business and get rid of them! If you’re seeing ants around your home, either inside or outside, be sure to contact Perseverance Pest Control! Our technicians are professionally trained to look for all the things we’ve mentioned about ants, as well as other pesky pests too! Give us a call today!