How To Prevent Ant Infestations In Your Naples Home

6/30/2023

Ants are a fact of life here in Naples and across Southwest Florida. You find them everywhere, from the park to the driveway, crawling over your garbage cans or in cracks in the pavement. As common as ants are around Naples, getting rid of all of them is impossible. 

The problem with ants is they can trail contaminants when they crawl through your home or kitchen. Don't let ants take over your home and threaten your family. To keep that from happening, you need help from our Naples pest control experts at Keller's Pest Control. Call us today to learn more about our services and how we can keep your home ant-free.

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Habits And Behaviors Of Common Home-Invading Ants

Not all ant species are the same, but many different species follow similar patterns and have similar habits. Understanding the habits and behaviors of common ants can help keep them out of your home. These include:

  • Trail Formation: Ants typically move in organized trails, following scent trails left by scout ants to locate food sources. 

  • Food Attraction: Ants are attracted to various food sources, including sugary substances, crumbs, grease, and other food residues. They can quickly locate and exploit these food sources in homes.

  • Nesting Locations: Ants establish nests in various areas, including cracks in walls, gaps in foundations, under flooring, in soil, or even within walls or furniture. They seek out dark and protected spaces near food sources.

  • Communication: Ants use chemical signals, called pheromones, to communicate. These signals help them coordinate activities, such as foraging for food or alerting others to potential threats.

  • Colony Structure: Ants live in organized colonies with different roles, including workers, soldiers, and the queen. The queen is responsible for reproduction and can produce large numbers of offspring.

  • Persistence: Once ants find a reliable food source, they will return to it until it is gone or becomes inaccessible. They can be persistent in their foraging efforts.

Limiting their exposure to food sources and access to your home can keep ants out of your house and away from your family. 

The Risks And Health Concerns Of Ants In The House

When you think about the problems ants cause around your home, bites may be the first thing that comes to mind. Ant bites and stings can cause localized swelling, redness, and itching. Unfortunately, that is not the only problem that having ants in your home can cause. Ants can also contaminate food and food preparation surfaces, leading to illnesses and stomach issues. Some species, like carpenter ants, can cause structural damage by burrowing into wood to create their nests. 

Five No-Nonsense Ant Prevention Tips For Around The House

As common as ants are and with all the issues they can cause inside your home, you want to do everything you can to keep them out. Here are five simple ant prevention tips:

  • Keep your home clean by regularly sweeping, mopping, and wiping down surfaces.

  • Store food in airtight containers or in the refrigerator.

  • Throw garbage away in bins with tight-fitting lids.

  • Seal cracks and crevices around your home.

  • Trim trees, bushes, and hedges away from the exterior of your home.

These tips, along with professional pest control, can help keep ants out of your home.

Call Us For All Your Ant Control Needs

If you have ants in your Naples home or want to ensure you do everything possible to prevent them, call Keller's Pest Control today for total ant control. As part of a complete home pest control plan, we will identify ants in and around your home and take steps to quickly remove them and keep them from coming back. We'll ensure you and your family can enjoy your time at home without worrying about ants and the issues they cause. 

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