We all know how quickly ants can spoil a picnic. However, if you’re a Brooklyn homeowner, an ant infestation can spoil a whole lot more. While all ants are annoying, some species can be dangerous to our health. Furthermore, some species of ants can destroy our property, leaving us with costly repair bills. Therefore, no matter what species of ant you are dealing with, you should want to do everything in your power to keep them out of your Brooklyn home. You need to know what draws ants into homes in the first place. Armed with this information, you can take the proper preventative steps to better protect you and your home from ants and the threats they bring with them.
Ants Common To The Brooklyn Area
There are more than 10,000 known species of ants in the world. Thankfully for us here in Brooklyn, we only need to worry about a few of them. And while most are simply nuisance pests, some are dangerous to our health and our property such as pharaoh ants and carpenter ants, respectively. Ants have segmented bodies, six legs, antennae, and mandibles. They are typically black, brown, red, or yellow in color. Ants can grow anywhere from 1/8th of an inch to over an inch long depending on the species.
As mentioned, most ants are simply nuisance pests. However, given that some do pose serious threats, it’s best to treat all ants with caution. Pharaoh ants can spread harmful bacteria that lead to diseases such as salmonellosis, staphylococcus, clostridium, and streptococcus. As for carpenter ants, they build their nests inside of wood. In doing so, they can cause all sorts of damage to the wood in your home should they choose to nest inside of it.
Factors That Attract Ants Into Homes
There are several reasons ants might be drawn into your home. For starters, ants can be attracted to possible food sources. Therefore, things like the improper storage of food or trash could draw ants inside. In addition to this, many ants are attracted to moisture. As such, any moisture-issues or leaking pipes could also attract ants inside.
How Ants Get Inside
Ants are small pests which means there are plenty of ways for them to get inside your home. They can come through cracks in the foundation, under doors, and through any openings in your home’s exterior such as around vents, pipes, and utility lines.
Ant Prevention Techniques
Keeping in mind what attracts ants inside, and how they get in in the first place, you can begin to take the proper steps to prevent ants from coming into your Brooklyn home. These steps include:
- Store all food in airtight containers or the fridge.
- Wipe up spills from countertops and floors immediately.
- Refrain from keeping dirty dishes stacked in your sink.
- Take out the trash regularly.
- Store trash in bins with tight-fitting lids.
- Install door sweeps under exterior doors.
- Install weatherstripping around windows and exterior doors.
- Fill in any cracks in the foundation of your home.
- Cover cracks around your home’s exterior.
- Trim back tree branches from the exterior of your home.
Effective Ant Control For Your Brooklyn Home
If you do find yourself dealing with an ant infestation in your Brooklyn home, contact the professionals here at Bugs Are Gone Exterminating right away. Here at Bugs Are Gone Exterminating, our trained pest technicians possess the experience and the expertise to effectively eliminate any ant infestation with which you are dealing. Furthermore, we will also work with you to better protect your home from any future infestations. Don’t let ants make their homes inside of yours. Give us a call today.