The Trick To Keeping Ants Off Of Your Tulsa Property
March 17, 2021
People often wait to make a big deal about ants until they’re already crawling all over their stored food. By then, it’s too late. If you don’t have preventative measures in place, you could find your house and yard overrun before you realize how severe the problem is. Once you learn about the local ants and the risks they bring to your home, the more emphasis you’ll put on keeping them out in the first place.
Typical Tulsa Ants
The ants that typically invade Tulsa area homes include carpenter ants, acrobat ants, fire ants, black ants, and pharaoh ants. By understanding how to identify these ants and knowing what brings them onto your property, you might have a fighting chance at keeping them out.
Carpenter ants: These large, black ants measure up to a half-inch long and can cause a lot of destruction on your property. They get their name from their affinity for nesting in the wooden structures of homes, often causing hundreds of dollars’ worth of damage if given enough time.
Acrobat ants: These small, light brown or black ants are (at least among the ant world) famous contortionists. They’ll bend their bodies at incredible angles in order to squeeze out of danger or gain access to a source of food. Since they don’t present a threat to the structures in your home or to your health, they’re generally considered nuisance pests.
Fire ants: While these dark red or brown ants don’t bring a lot of destruction to your property, the health risks are real. They won’t nest indoors, but their painful stings are a health threat in the yard, as too many stings can cause anaphylactic shock in some victims.
Black ants: As the smallest species in the group, they can also cause the most problems. Traveling in large packs and squeezing into all sorts of cracks and crevices throughout your home, they can overrun your stored food very quickly, especially if you leave food out.
Pharaoh ants: About the same size as black ants, pharaoh ants also travel in packs and bring a variety of health risks onto a property. These light brown/red ants are well-known bacteria carriers and can cause serious illnesses as they contaminate surfaces in the home.
Since ants are very small and flexible, yet feature relatively strong exoskeletons, they can gain access to almost anywhere they want to go. To try to prevent them on your own, you can start by sealing up as many potential entry points as possible. Use silicone-based caulking to seal up cracks and crevices around the home, especially around your windowsills. You should also monitor your screens for any tears, large holes, or separations from the frame.
Even if you seal up everything you can, ants can still find a way in. You then should focus on limiting their interest in getting in. To reduce factors that will attract ants, begin by regularly cleaning the house. Wiping down counters and tables and then mopping/vacuuming the floors regularly will reduce loose crumbs. You should also make sure that all of your food and trash are stored in tightly-sealed containers that limit access.
How Dandi Guaranty Can Help
Unfortunately, you can do everything right and still wind up with an ant infestation, especially in the yard, garage, and kitchen areas. With all of the potential destruction and health hazards ants can bring, do you really want to trust your own prevention attempts? The only way to have guaranteed protection against ant infestations is with professional assistance. Call Dandi Guaranty to take back your home and yard from invasive Tulsa ants.