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Are you sitting at home thinking that it is quite possible that small ants are taking over? If so, you are likely in good company as Pavement ants are out in force looking for food. Though they are not destructive pests nor a threat to home or the people within, they are certainly annoying. So what’s a concerned homeowner to do? Well friends, you’ve come to the right place!  As a longtime Minnesota pest control provider (we’re talking almost 100 years in the industry) we have some experience in getting rid of ants.  First thing to note is that store bought sprays and do-it-yourself ant control products are not going to solve your ant problems. By killing the ants you see, you are barely touching the surface of the colony. And until the colony is destroyed, the ants will keep coming back. The best thing to do is to contact the Minneapolis pest control pros to inspect your home and eliminate the ant colony. While it may be too late for the pavement ant problem this year, we suggest learning how you can correct the conditions in and around your home that attract ants and other pests in the first place.  Pest prevention is a great way to keep pests away and can be as simple as modifying your behavior in terms of how you store and clean up food.  Here are some simple steps to ant proof your home:

  • Keep all open food stored in containers with tight fitting lids
  • Wipe up spills and crumbs right away
  • Take the trash out regularly and keep it stored in bins that have lids
  • Deep clean the kitchen to remove grease buildup which is another ant attractor
Now, it’s not just the kitchen that should be scrutinized.  Take a look at your home and answer these questions: Are windows screens installed? Are there any rips or tears in them? Does the foundation have cracks or openings that would allow pest entry?   Do you keep your garage door open even when not in use?   Is firewood stored in the garage or near the house? Even small openings on the house’s exterior is akin to putting down the welcome mat for ants and other insects as well as rodents.  By storing firewood at least 20 feet from the dwelling and up off the ground, sealing all holes, repairing or replacing torn screens and giving pests no way to enter, you stand a better chance in enjoying a pest free home. To find out more about pest prevention and home pest control services in Bettendorf, Erie and Minneapolis or elsewhere in our Midwest service area, contact Plunkett’s Pest Control for help.

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