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The spring is quickly arriving and you may have already started to notice some pests waking up from their long winter nap, ready to get moving.   Because we realize that some the insects that might find their way into your home and onto your property this season could cause problems, the experts in pest control at Plunkett’s have identified a couple common springtime pests, both happen to be ants.  And just to be a little more helpful, we’ve added a few tips on how you can prevent them from causing drama around your home this spring. Carpenter ants Carpenter ants prefer to form their colonies outside and they are not typically active until early spring. If you did notice ants in your home through the winter it was probably just workers foraging for food. Carpenter ants do cause structural damage to wood and they prefer moist, decaying wood. Because of the more damp conditions that accompany spring, carpenter ants can be a major problem this time of the year. In order to help prevent these large ants from causing any damages in your home, focus on clearing your property of any moist, decaying wood. Tree branches and limbs that have fallen over the winter should be removed right away. If you prevent carpenter ants from getting onto your property you will also be preventing them from getting inside your home. Pavement Ants Ants are perhaps the most common pest everywhere, not just in Minnesota but also in Nebraska and Illinois.  What you may not realize is that not all ants are alike.  While carpenter ants are capable of causing extensive damage to wooden structures and the wood products contained within your home, pavement ants are of a different variety.  Classified as a nuisance pest, pavement ants are those tiny black ants that are often found in your kitchen searching for a sweet treat. In order to prevent ants from trying to take over your kitchen counters and food pantry, it is important that you eliminate their food source. Without the temptation of a sugary sweet spill or drop of grease by the stove, the ants are less likely to invade. Keep all open food stored in containers with tight fitting lids to help as well. Our previous blog on Spring Cleaning Tips to Stay Pest Free will help you learn just how much cleaning should be done. Unfortunately preventative measures don’t always stop encroaching insects and with less than a week to go until spring, it won’t be surprising if you begin seeing foraging ants anytime.  If you’ve already spotted ants in your home or if you simply want to prevent these insects and other household pests from gaining entry contact Plunkett’s Pest Control today.  With residential pest control services in Minneapolis, Erie, and Lincoln as well as throughout the Midwest, we are ready to tackle your pest problem so you can focus on enjoying the season!

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