The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah?

A parade of ants

Why do ants come out in droves in the spring?  Once the weather starts warming up, ants seem to come out of hibernation and are driven to find a place that is warm in the night with food and water.  Ants will also look for better shelter from the hot sun and spring rains by coming inside your home.  Once ants discover how hospitable a home is, lots of crumbs on the counter, they will remember and keep returning.

It’s important to keep kitchen counters and other areas clean of crumbs and other foods. Many ants are attracted to sweet food, so be careful of juice spills, honey or sugar that may be left out.  Eliminating food and water sources is the first step in combating these unwanted guests.

It’s also important to fill in any cracks or crevices in your foundation, walls or doors.  These are the marching paths for ants into your home.

Once in your home, there are many ways to eliminate these unwanted guests.  Combat and Terro baits work great and are easy to use.  Simply put the traps around the infested room and the traps will do the rest of the work.  The ants will take the bait and bring it back to the colony, stopping the cycle of repeat visitors.

Terro uses sugar and water to attract ants, along with borax as the poison component.  Little black ants, often found on kitchen counters, are prime targets for Terro Liquid Ant Baits.  Be sure to place traps out of reach of children and pets.

You can also spray into an infested area.  Carpenter ants do not normally feed on sweet foods, so a contact spray can be a fast way to clear an infestation.  Maybe there’s a corner of a cabinet or a crevice where you see ants marching.  Use one of our spray poisons to take care of that colony.

There is also ant dust that you can sprinkle around the perimeter of your home so that no ants can cross the line.

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