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Send the ants marching...

Control ants around your home with these tips from Buzz Boss.

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

  • Good housekeeping is the most important part of keeping ants away. Ants will enter homes when food or water is available.
  • Sweep up and vacuum food particles as quickly as possible because ants love your food as much as you do
  • Leaking faucets and moisture is attractive to ants. Keep moisture to a minimum in bathrooms, kitchens and mechanical rooms.
  • Make sure the stored foods and litter are not accessible. Trash bins, pet food and food in cupboards should be in containers with tight-fitting lids.

A GOOD FOUNDATION

  • When the foundation of your home is sealed and clear of debris there is less opportunity for ants to come inside.
  • Store firewood away from the foundation. Carpenter ants are attracted to rotting wood.
  • Firewood stored against your home creates the potential that ants in the wood will then enter your home!
  • Leaf litter and clutter create a cover for ants to access your house.
  • Seal it up! Whenever there is a crack in the foundation ants may come in.
  • Seal cracks around utility lines and vents. Make sure that weather-stripping on windows and doors is in good condition.

TRIM THAT BUSH

  • Trimming vegetation, a minimum of 6 inches from your house ensures there is no bridge for ants to get onto your house.
  • Trim tree branches when they are making contact with your house.

CONTROL APHIDS

  • Ants will actually herd aphids because they feed on the sweet substance that aphids excrete.
  • Use a powerful spray of water to knock aphids off of your plants.

HIRE A PRO

  • Perimeter treatments around the base of your home will help to repel insects (ants included)
  • The products used will last for several weeks and are safe for your family, pets and wildlife.