In Northern Florida, ants are the most common pest problem reported, and to make matters worse, they stay active all year, because the temperature never dips enough to drive those ants into hibernation. That means extended, and unrelenting frustration for homeowners.
What kind of ants can I expect to see?
The most common ants you're going to see in Tampa, Tallahassee, and Gainesville, are: carpenter ants, pavement ants, pharaoh ants, and red imported fire ants. Of these four ant species that plague humans, the fire ants are the only ones that bite. This is probably no news to you. But what you may not know is, you don't have to live with them.
What are ants looking for?
Ants are searching for food. When one ant finds something tasty, it reports back to the rest of the ants in the colony, and soon you'll see ant highways on your walkway, or worse, inside your house. They are looking for crumbs in your carpet, left over food on a plate, pet food in the dish, and fruits on the table.
How do I keep ants away?
To keep ants away, clean your rugs frequently. Keep your trash sealed in a can--inside and outside. Wash dishes as you dirty them, or at least, rinse them off. Wash your counters with a disinfectant. Don't leave pet food sitting out for longer than an hour. And keep your rugs and floors swept and vacuumed.
How do I keep ants out of my house?
A caulking gun is your friend. Go around your home and seal any cracks you find. One of the best ways to see where your foundation is vulnerable is to follow the ants. They'll lead you right to those cracks and gaps. Also, consider installing door sweeps, if you haven't already. Ants love to crawl under your doors.
Do home remedies work?
Washing floors with vinegar? That sounds nice, doesn't it? How about lemon juice? This one can help, actually, because the scent makes it hard for ants to find their trails. But lemon juice attracts fruit flies. So you're just trading one bug for another. There are many natural remedies out there: peppermint oil, coffee grounds, spices and herbs, salt, and talc. They all have varied levels of success at disrupting ants, but in the end, the best deterrent, is to locate, and remove colonies.
Find out how easy and inexpensive it is to have a professional come and assess your issue. You don't have to be afraid to go outside in your bare feet, and you don't have to have ants crawling around in your kitchen. Take your yard back from those ants! Call for a professional inspection, and get your home sealed up today.