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Dispelling Some Common Ant Myths

Everybody knows about ants. We all know what they are, what they look like, and how they operate. However, despite this widespread exposure, there are still a few myths about ants floating around, and in this article, we’re going to try to dispel some of these myths.

Ants are attracted to unclean homes

While ants do like to feast on crumbs and sugary spills, they are not the main draw for an infestation. Ants are looking for several factors when they enter the home, with food being only one of them. They also need shelter and water. So even if the ants have no food sources in the home, they may still invade. Ants are also very ingenious, so it’s likely that they will find a food source inside the home, even if there are no crumbs or spills.

Ants will leave the home eventually on their own

Different ant species have different behaviors. Some ants will have colonies outdoors, and they will enter the home to take advantage of a food source and then leave. Others however, like the carpenter ants, will build their colonies indoors, and in the case of the carpenter ants, in the wooden structures of the home. When such an infestation occurs, the odds that the ants will leave the home on their own are slim to none. Keep an eye out for ants that are larger than usual, and if you see them, contact a pest control specialist right away because you are dealing with carpenter ants.

DIY methods are effective at dealing with ant infestations

When an infestation occurs in the home, and you are not just dealing with transient ant activity, the effectiveness of DIY methods is very low. DIY methods also have the disadvantage of either removing just the symptoms of the infestation, while leaving the colony intact, or incompletely removing the infestation and risking the regeneration of the colony over time.

The best way to deal with an ant infestation is to hire a pro, who will make sure that the colony responsible is wiped out entirely. This is especially important if you are dealing with a carpenter ant infestation, which causes damage to the wooden structures of the home, leading to potentially thousands of dollars in repair costs. If you’ve noticed ants crawling around your home, contact us right away and we will set an appointment for an inspection.