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The Do's And Don'ts Of Ant Control: An Extensive Guide For Los Angeles Homeowners

an ant infestation in a home

Step out your front door and you're likely to see ants running around all over the ground. Ants are a very common insect in Los Angeles, and most species are not a problem when they stay outdoors. However, ants don't always stay where they should. If ants get into your house, there are some do's and don'ts you should know about ant pest control in Los Angeles. Find out what you need to know below.

Do Know The Warning Signs Of An Ant Infestation

You might think that seeing an ant or two in your house isn't a big deal. Unfortunately, where there is one ant, there are usually many more. Seeing any number of ants in your house is usually the first warning sign you'll find of an ant infestation. 

Other signs of an ant infestation usually show up when the infestation has been present for a while. These signs include seeing small piles of sawdust around wooden structures, finding dirt piles, noticing a hollow sound when you knock on wooden structures, and finding discarded wings.

Don't Underestimate The Risks Of Ants In The House

If you see a couple of ants in your house, you might be tempted to remove them and move along with your life without a second thought. That can be a mistake. While it's possible for a stray ant to get into your house, it's unlikely that you'll only have a single ant in your house. 

When ants get into your house, it's generally while foraging for food. These ants leave a scent trail behind that other ants can follow. Once one or two ants get into your house, they will soon be followed by many others.

Ants can cause a variety of problems in your house, depending on the species. Some ants are mostly just a nuisance, but even nuisance ants will contaminate your food. Carpenter ants move into homes and damage the wooden structures inside. Other ants are known for spreading diseases that can make people sick. 

It's important to get rid of ants when they get inside your Los Angeles home. Otherwise, your family is at risk of becoming sick, and your house is at risk of becoming damaged.

Do Call The Professionals At The First Sign Of Ants

When you find ants in your house, it's best to contact the professionals at The PEST Group. Different ants respond to different treatment methods and products, so trying to take care of them on your own usually does not result in full elimination of the infestation. 

Ant control in your house is best done by professionals who can identify the specific ant species in your house and tailor our treatments to those ants. At The PEST Group, we are experts in effective ant control in Los Angeles.

Don't Forget These Ant Prevention Tips

The best way to avoid the problems caused by ants is to make sure they never get into your Los Angeles home in the first place.

Try these ant prevention tips:

  • Take care of any moisture issues around the exterior and interior of your house.
  • Repair or replace water-damaged wood.
  • Cut back foliage that touches the sides or roof of your house.
  • Store firewood away from your house.
  • Seal all cracks and gaps around your house, no matter how small.
  • Store food in hard-sided containers with tightly-fitting lids.
  • Clean up any spills, messes, and crumbs on your counters and floors and in your pantry and cupboard.

By taking preventative steps, you can help stop ants from getting into your house. However, if you do find ants inside, contact The PEST Group. Our ant pest control services will eliminate your ant problem thoroughly. Get in touch with us today to get started and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Los Angeles.

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