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Prevention is Key in Longview Ant Control

It is easy to see ants as nothing else other than a nuisance, but they are very interesting creatures. Ants have persevered for millions of years, and many species can carry up to 5,000 times their own body weight. Still, while there is no shortage of interesting ant facts, if they make their way into your home, all you are interested in is getting them out. A Longview ant control company can help you eliminate any ant problem, but there are also steps you can take to ensure you never have a problem in the first place.

Species of Ants in Longview

Most ant species in Longview are harmless, but they are still pervasive pests. To eliminate them, you must first identify the species. The types of ants most commonly found in Longview are as follows:

  • Odorous ants: Odorous ants are aptly named, as they emit a smell some liken to rotten coconuts when they are crushed. Odorous ants are sometimes referred to as sugar ants because they are often found in kitchens.
  • Carpenter ants: People sometimes mistake carpenter ants for termites because they seem to eat wood. Carpenter ants do not actually eat wood, but they do chew through it to build their nests.
  • Pavement ants: Not surprisingly, pavement ants are typically found on asphalt, pavement, and exposed soil. Still, they will make their way into a home when they are looking for food.
  • Velvety tree ants: Velvety tree ants get their name due to the fine hairs that cover them. They are typically found outside and will find a tree log or stump to nest in. Velvety tree ants can become quite aggressive when they are disturbed. Not only will they bite, but they will also inject venom into the wound, which is extremely painful.
  • Pharaoh ants: The only ant to really pose a threat to human health in Longview is the pharaoh ant. While pharaoh ants do not bite, they carry and transmit serious diseases such as salmonella and streptococcus.

Many people think that winged ants are a unique species found in Longview, but that is not actually true. Different ant species, such as carpenter ants, use wings in late spring and early summer to swarm and find a new location to set up a new colony. Once they have mated, ants will shed their wings, just as termites do.

Preventing Ants from Entering Your Home

The best form of Longview ant control is to prevent them from entering your home in the first place. The best ways to prevent ants are as follows:

  • Clean up after meals: After a big meal, the last thing you may want to do is roll your sleeves up and wash dishes and wipe countertops. If you do not though, you are leaving out major attractants to ants and inviting them into your home.
  • Vacuum and sweep regularly: Sometimes food scraps and crumbs are left on a floor where they can go unnoticed. While you may not see these crumbs, ants will and they will venture into your home to get their next meal. It is particularly important to sweep and vacuum in and around areas where meals are eaten.
  • Store food properly: Proper food storage is a great way to prevent ants from entering your home. Food should always be stored in sealed airtight containers so ants cannot access them.
    Seal gaps and cracks: Sealing gaps and cracks around the foundation of your home, and windows and doors, will eliminate the access points ants will use to get into your home.
  • Clean ant trails: If you have already spotted ants in your home, you also have ant trails. Ants leave these trails for other ants so they can easily find the same food source. Using a solution of vinegar and water, spray these ant trails and clean them up so new ants cannot find them.
  • Control ants outdoors: In order to make their way into your home, ants first must come from outside. Inspect your yard regularly to ensure there are no ant colonies and if you find some, eliminate them so the ants must find a new home elsewhere and not in your home or yard.

While the above prevention tips are useful when trying to keep ants out of your home, the pests will sometimes still make their way inside. When that is the case, you should contact a professional Longview ant control company.

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