What Modesto Residents Can Do To Avoid Ants

January 2, 2020

Everyone has at least one person in their life that they can classify as a mooch. If you have chips, they want some; if there is only one donut left, they’ll ask for it; whenever there is food around, they will gladly take for themselves. Taking is just what moochers do. Ants are a lot like uninvited moochers. If your home has food they can snack on, they will make their way inside and take it for themselves.

dozens of ants in a coffee mug in a home in modesto california

Problems Ants Cause

It is common knowledge that ants are annoying, but is that the only problem they pose? Unfortunately, it is not. Many different ant species can transport dangerous bacteria throughout your home. For instance, have you heard of salmonellosis? It is a disease spread through certain raw meats and why you cook chicken thoroughly. When ants get into homes, they walk over uncooked left out meats, usually in your trash, and then over the surfaces throughout your home. This activity is just one example of how ants can put you and your family at risk.

Signs Of An Ant Infestation

Ants do not always live inside the homes they invade. Most commonly, ants will reside somewhere underground close to a home’s exterior foundation and invade through gaps, cracks, and holes in walls to scavenge for food. They also find their way into homes during the winter months to get away from the cold. Once inside, they build their nests deep within the walls and only come out to look for food.

If ants are inside your Modesto, CA home, you should not have too much difficulty realizing it. They are relatively brave creatures and will stop at nothing to scavenge food. Even if you crush several of them, they will keep coming. As for knowing if they have a nest inside your walls or not, the best thing you can do is schedule a detailed pest inspection with Peace of Mind Pest Control.

How You Can Prevent Ants

To keep ants out of your Modesto home, you are going to have to do two things: eliminate entry points and remove attractants. Here are some ways we recommend you do this:

  • Keep your yard and landscaping well maintained.

  • Make sure your gutters are properly channeling water away from your home’s exterior foundation.

  • Repair or replace ripped or torn door and window screens.

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors.

  • Clean regularly, making sure not to miss under appliances and furniture.

  • Pick up and clean out pet bowls at night before going to bed.

  • Store all leftover foods inside airtight containers.

  • Invest in trash cans with pest-proof lids.

  • Fix leaks and address moisture issues throughout your house.

  • Use a caulking gun to seal small holes in your exterior foundation along with gaps around door and window frames.

The Best Way To Deal With Ants

When it comes to keeping ants and other pests out of your Modesto home, there is no better option than professional pest control. At Peace of Mind Pest Control, we offer comprehensive general pest control services. If you wonder what a pest-free home would look like, we’d love to show you. Reach out to us today for more information about our pest control services, or to schedule a treatment for your Modesto home.

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