As we settle into spring and head closer to summer, ant season is getting into full swing. A wide variety of ants call Dallas home and, as they begin to come out in full force, it’s helpful to know what to do to prepare for ant season in Dallas.
Seasonality for Ants
Ants need warm weather to thrive, so spring, summer, and fall are when they’re most active. In the winter, most will hibernate, but some will die and others will move indoors. If you don’t currently have an ant infestation in your home, summer is often the time of year when it will happen. This is because ants forage for food and your home offers a nice selection for them to choose from.
How to Prevent Ants From Entering Your Home
Preventing ants from entering your home starts with avoiding the things that will attract them there in the first place. If they’re looking for food, don’t give them any to find. Don’t leave food out on your counters. Keep everything put away in airtight containers or in the refrigerator. Make sure that no foods in your cupboards or pantry have holes or leaks.
Furthermore, you’ll want to ensure that you clean up after you eat. Dirty dishes should be washed immediately or placed in the dishwasher. Counters should be wiped down. Floors should be swept of crumbs.
Removing the main attraction for ants to enter your home is a great place to start, but it’s not the only thing you can do to prevent them. It’s also important to reduce the ways they can get inside in the first place. Take a walk around the outside of your home and check for entry points. Ants are small, so they can fit through tiny cracks in foundation walls, gaps around windows and doors, and little tears in screens. Seal any of these that you find. This won’t make your home ant-proof, but it will help.
There are a few other precautions you can take to prevent ants from entering your home or yard. Ants are not only attracted to food; they’re also attracted to water. Make sure you don’t have any leaking pipes or drippy faucets, indoors or outdoors.
Cutting back foliage around your house can also help prevent ants from getting inside. They’ll often use tree branches, bushes, and flowers as a bridge to your home.
What to Do About an Ant Infestation in or Around Your Dallas Home
If you find ants inside your home or notice an abundance of them outside, give DANCAN a call. Our pest control experts can treat your ant problem so that it’s no longer something you have to worry about. Learn more about our services by visiting our website.