Ants survive primarily in colonies and live to find food for their queen. You’ll usually find them drawn to areas such as kitchens and backyards because of this. Killing one or a few ants undoubtedly makes little difference, as there is almost certainly a colony housing hundreds more nearby. Furthermore, the key to effective ant control in Humboldt county homes or offices is to eliminate the entire colony altogether.
Ants are a year round insect. They reproduce in the summer and seek warm shelter in the winter. Since your home or office is susceptible to ants year round, it’s still important to know what attracts them and how to tell if they’re already making their home in yours.
Improperly Stored Food – The main purpose of an ant’s life is to find food for their queen. Ants will be attracted to food that is left out in your home.
Dirty Kitchen – Storing food properly isn’t enough. Dirty dishes and crumbs will still lure ants in. Wipe down your countertops and mop your floors to help prevent ants.
Sticky Garbage – Sugar attracts ants. Remember to regularly rinse your garbage containers, as well as soda bottles and food cans.
Rotting or Decaying Wood – Carpenter ants make their nests in damp decaying wood. Replacing rotting wood will reduce your ant population.
You’ll want to act fast when you first spot ants. Typically this means that they have found a food source inside your home. It’s only a matter of time before the rest of their colony shows up to claim their tasty reward.
Multiple Ants And Forage Trails – Foraging ants search areas for food, and form a trail from it back to their colony. These trails become more distinct over time, as more and more ants walk the path.
Damaged Wood – Ants like to create nests in walls, beams, cabinets – any wood will do. A sawdust like material around your home as a result from burrowing their way in is a sure fire sign of ants.
Ants In Food – Ant’s aren’t picky with their diet. If you notice ants in food, your pet’s food, or any area with food, throw it away and clean the area.