Potomac, MD Ant Control Services

Ants are one of the most common pests that Maryland homeowners deal with. Thanks to the slightly higher than average rainfall and hot, humid summers, ants in the Potomac area are likely head inside in search of a more comfortable living space.

Your home has everything that ants are looking for, including shelter, food and water. Although most of the time these insects are simply nuisances, some types of ants may cause extensive structural damage. Careful observation and a few proactive control measures can help you identify the type of ant that you’re dealing with and get the infestation under control.

Identifying Ants in Potomac

Ants come in many shapes and colors, but the types you’re most likely to encounter in your Maryland home are:

  • Pavement ants – Small brown or black ants with light-colored legs that nest in the pavement or inside walls
  • Odorous house ants – Tiny brown ants that give off a smell like rotting coconut when crushed
  • Carpenter ants – Large black ants that tunnel through wood when building colonies

Of the three, carpenter ants are the most problematic because of their tunneling behavior. They’re attracted to damp wood, and a large colony could spell trouble for the underlying structure of your home.

It’s easy to know if you have an ant problem because you’ll see them around the house. Odorous house ants are particularly attracted to sugar and may be found moving back and forth in lines from a food source to their colony. Following this trail is the best way to figure out where the main colony is located and how the ants are getting inside.

Controlling the Potomac Ant Problem

To minimize the potential for an ant invasion, start by keeping your home as clean as possible. Don’t leave food or food scraps sitting out on kitchen counters, and clean up spills as soon as they happen. Store food, including pet food, in airtight containers. Drips and puddles can provide a water source for ants, so these should also be mopped up right away.

Should you discover an ant trail, grab a sponge and some soapy water. Wipe the trail up, ants and all, and continue until all evidence of the trail is gone. This will remove the ants and the scents that they leave behind to tell the rest of the colony where to get food and water.

Outside, make sure that no trees, shrubs or plants are touching the house and that all cracks and gaps are sealed well. To further discourage ants, try outlining common entry points with chalk, flour, cinnamon or lemon juice.

If an ant infestation persists despite your best efforts, Capitol Pest can help. Our special “select” services are designed to not only get rid of the ants you have but also prevent them from coming back. Call Capitol Pest for a single treatment or to set up quarterly services to ensure that your home is always safe from the threat of an ant invasion.