Ant Control Garrett Park, MD
Although an ant’s natural habitat is the world outdoors, it often finds itself in homes and businesses across Garrett Park. Ants are known as picnic invaders as they always seem to show up when people are enjoying a meal outside. However, these small insects also make an appearance inside where there’s ample food sources for their colonies. If you have an ant infestation in your home or business, Capitol Pest wants to help.
How Ants Invade Buildings
Ants enter buildings in many different ways. They form trails across the ground and walk through gaps around doors and windows. They also invade from above as they cross over utility lines and tree branches that rub against the exterior. Ants can find their way inside through small openings around wires, pipes and vents. They use any gap, crack or crevice to sneak inside and to look for food, water and necessities for the colony.
Once they’re indoors, the ants begin to forage for any scrap, crumb or morsel on the floor, the countertop or in the cupboards. Most ants feed on sweet, sugary foods such as breads and other carbohydrates. They enjoy feasting on sugary stains that were left behind on the counter or cookie crumbs that were swept under the refrigerator.
Different Ant Species in Garrett Park
More than 12,000 ant species exist in the world, and nearly 10 species make their home in Maryland. The more common ants in the greater D.C. area include:
- Acrobat ants
- Black ants
- Carpenter ants
- Odorous house ants
- Pavement ants
- Pharaoh ants
Some ants, such as the pharaoh species, build nests inside buildings to survive the cold winters. They hide in well-protected, out-of-the-way areas where they feel safe and warm away from the people inside. Acrobat ants prefer to live outdoors yet come inside to look for food. These ants will nest behind vinyl and wood siding and damp areas inside logs and under stones.
The Best Way to Get Rid of Ants
Creating a barrier around your home or business is the best way to prevent an infestation. You’ll need to inspect the exterior for small gaps and openings and then seal them with a silicone sealant. Foam liners under doorways are also helpful in stopping ants as they no longer have a way to penetrate the interior.
Cleaning up immediately after a meal also helps to prevent wandering ants from sniffing out and finding your leftovers or food waste. Dispose of the waste appropriately in a covered trash can, and always wash your plates and flatware after eating. Leaving dirty dishes sitting in the sink or on the counter is one way to attract ants inside. When all else fails, rely on pest control professionals to eliminate the infestation and to seal up the entryways.
Professional Ant Control in Garrett Park
Contact Capitol Pest in Garrett Park for a thorough inspection of your home or business today. We have the knowledge and the experience to identify the troublesome ant species, to eliminate the infestation and to prevent wandering ants from infesting your home or business for now and the future.