Summer is a great time of year. It's the time of sunshine and picnics, but it's also the time of year for bug activity. With the warmer temperatures, you may see an increase in some bugs in your home. One of the most irritating can be ants.
Problems Ants Can Cause
It is possible for ants to cause health problems for you and your family. They may not cause typical diseases, but they can cause symptoms associated with allergic reactions. These reactions can include headaches, inflamed skin and cramps. For someone that is hypersensitive to ant venom, this can cause serious and life-threatening conditions.
Ants are also able to transmit food borne disease organisms, such as Salmonella, E. Coli and Shigella. They are able to contaminate your food with these organisms and cause a great deal of problems for you and your family.
Damage to your home
While it's mostly termites that get blamed for structural damage to your home, ants can also cause problems. Chewing ants are especially dangerous. These ants can cause damage to electrical cables and cause structural damage as well.
Lifestyle changes to prevent ants
It's easy to let the kitchen mess get away from you. In order to prevent ants, this is an area that you really need to be on top of. Ants are interested in fatty and sugary foods. Make sure that you wipe down counters to avoid residue that attracts ants.
To help avoid ants, keep sugars, syrups and other foods in airtight containers. This will help keep them safe from ants. You can also put these items in the fridge.
This may sound funny, but even pet food can attract ants. If you leave residue or leftover food in your pet's bowl, you may want to take extra precautions. Create a moat of water around the food bowl. This way the ant won't be able to cross and get into the food.
Ants can find many different paths into your home. Make sure to seal off all entrance areas. A professional can help you evaluate and show you where you should pay extra attention.
It's important to take a proactive approach when it comes to pest control. It's better to avoid problems than to need to fix them. Contact My Exterminator LLC., today for a professional evaluation.