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The Best Way To Keep Ants Away From Your Elk Grove Home

May 10, 2022 - Ants

How often do you find ants crawling around inside your Elk Grove home? Some homeowners in our area find these pests indoors daily. If this is the case for you, or you want the best way to keep ants away from your Elk Grove home, let us help you today. Here are some things you should know about ants in our area and the difference between DIY and professional ant control solutions.

The Types Of Ants That Invade Homes

Elk Grove is home to a few different types of ants. Many species prefer to live outdoors and have no interest in invading homes. With this in mind, there are still a half dozen species that would like nothing more than to find a way past your doors, windows, and walls. Here are a few species you can expect to find indoors and a basic description of each.

  • Argentine ants are tiny to small dark brown to black ants that live around and sometimes inside area homes. These pests are known for crawling over sewage, trash, and dead animals and spreading many diseases indoors.
  • Pharaoh ants are tiny yellowish ants that build their nests around area homes. Like Argentine ants, pharaoh ants spread a wide range of diseases and can contaminate food.
  • Carpenter ants are large red, black, or red and black ants with large heads and mandibles. These social pests tunnel into the structural wood of homes and outbuildings to build their homes, causing extensive damage over time.
  • Odorous house ants are small brown to black ants with unevenly shaped abdomens that live around area homes. Although not a threat to human health, these pests do release an unpleasant odor when squished.

Why Ants Invade Elk Grove Homes 

One question homeowners regularly ask is, "What attracts ants?" Chances are, you already know the answer to this question. Most species of ants in our area are drawn to homes by food sources. Typically, ants eat things humans eat. To find gatherable food sources, colonies in and around homes send scouts indoors. These scouts can travel hundreds of feet away from their colonies and leave pheromone trails behind to lead workers back to crumbs, left-out food, pet bowls, and other areas with food.

The Most Effective Way To Get Rid Of Ants

When you need to know how to get rid of ants, your absolute best option is to trust the pest experts at Suburban Pest Control. Our team provides advanced ant control solutions to help homeowners in our area find freedom from these annoying and sometimes dangerous or destructive insects. If you are curious to know where ants are coming from or how they are getting indoors, let one of our friendly technicians perform a detailed inspection of your home and property. We will identify ant pressures and suggest an effective ant control option to quickly address your problem.

Natural Ant Prevention Tips

Once you have removed ants from your Elk Grove home, you have two options to keep these pests out in the future. One is implementing natural ant control options, such as sealing gaps and cracks in your home's exterior foundation, ensuring your window and door screens are in good working order, eliminating food sources, and addressing moisture problems. If you do not have the time, energy, or desire to prevent ants on your own, the second option is to let the experts at Suburban Pest Control lend you a helping hand. 

Call today to learn more about our comprehensive and effective residential and commercial ant control options and schedule your Elk Grove home for a visit.