8 Easy & Effective Ant Prevention Tips For Charlotte Property Owners
In Charlotte, NC, various ant species range from being harmless nuisances to damaging pests. While common ants can spread diseases, carpenter ants harm wood, and fire ants pose health risks. Homeowners can combat infestations through proper food storage, yard maintenance, and professional services like Aruza Pest Control.
Whether you’ve seen ants around the house or not, these insects belong outdoors. Let’s discuss what attracts ants to your Charlotte property, and what North Carolina residents can do to keep them out.
Ant Identification Tips
Ants come in many colors and sizes, but they all share similar characteristics. An ant has a segmented body split into three parts – the head, the thorax (midsection), and the abdomen (end section). Two legs jut out from each of these three sections, and ants also have short antennas, pincers, and a stinger.
Most ant species are completely harmless, and if they get in the house, they are a nuisance pest. Still, all ants can spread diseases over time, such as E. coli, shigella, and salmonella.
Among nuisance pests, the most common ants in North Carolina are the pavement ant, the little black ant, and the odorous house ant. All of these ant species are brown or black in color, and they grow anywhere between 1/16 and 1/8 of an inch. On top of spreading diseases and getting into your food, odorous house ants emit an awful odor, often described as “rotting coconuts.”
Carpenter ants are red or brown ants that grow over 1/2 of an inch in length, and they can cause serious house damage by chewing through the wood in your home.
Fire ants grow between 1/8 and 1/4 of an inch and have reddish-brown bodies. Despite their average size, they may be the most dangerous ant in North America. These pests are aggressive, leave painful stings on your skin, and their venom can sometimes cause allergic reactions including nausea, vomiting, and anaphylactic shock.
None of these ants are good news for your home. So, how can you keep them out? Consider the following tips.
Ant Prevention Tips For Charlotte Households
Certain household factors and behaviors can attract ant infestations. The following will make your home less attractive to ants:
Secure food storage. Keep your pantry closed tight, and don’t let food sit around for too long, or else ants will forage through your house.
Secure trash storage. Keep trash inside and securely locked, otherwise ants will start lining up near your trash bins.
Keep your yard tidy. Overgrown foliage, unkempt grasses, and piles of leaves and wood are all ant attractors.
Clear standing water. Puddles around the yard and in the gutter create the kind of moisture that ants thrive on.
Sometimes, structural changes are also necessary to keep ants away. Ants may be crawling into your house because it isn’t secure from infestations, so consider the following as well.
Moisture control. Keep your kitchen and bathrooms well ventilated, and make sure moisture isn’t trapped in your crawl spaces, basement, or attic.
Seal cracks and gaps. Ants can crawl into the tiniest spaces, so make sure there aren’t any in your vents, pipes, doorways, windows, and masonry.
Fix any leaks. A leaky pipe or vent creates the damp areas that invite ants inside your home.
Install window screens and door sweeps. Doors and windows are common entry points for ants, but these installations make an infestation much harder.
Graduated from UNC Charlotte, Ian Gunn is an expert in all things pest. After receiving his bachelors of science, he got a job offer with Aruza Pest Control and assists with marketing, networking, and occasionally doing some pest control of his own!