There are many different types of ants in NJ and PA, and most are simply a nuisance; however, some, such as carpenter ants, can cause structural damage to your home.
• Minimize the number of trees touching your home. Trees touching your home promotes carpenter ant entry. If you have trees, or other vegetation, which are close to the exterior of your home do your best to trim them as much as possible.
• Seal off your home. Ants are tiny and, therefore, can enter your home through tiny cracks and crevasses. To reduce possible entry points have cracks around windows, door frames, or utility penetration points (i.e. cable lines, water spigots, etc.) are sealed off.
• Tidy up! Make sure you clean up any food or liquid spills as well as the crumbs that may come along with them. This is very important as food/drink particles will attract ants into your home.
• Use air-tight containers. Seal up snacks in air-tight containers and store ripe fruits & veggies in the fridge. This will also help reduce ant attraction to your home.
• Leave ant removal to the professionals. While there are things you can do to prevent the problem from happening in the first place, we recommend that you call a pest control company if you notice a problem. People tend to think of ants as an easy fix and run out to the store to pick up a can labeled “quick”, or “rapid” kill, and apply it where they see the ants. In most cases, this ends up making the problem worse as the ants panic and begin making nests all throughout the facility. Your best bet is to call a Cooper Pest Solutions at 1-800-949- 2667 and let us know where have been seeing ant activity.
Following these steps should help to substantially reduce your chances of an ant infestation. However, if you have carried out all these steps and continue to experience activity, there may be a colony closely associated with your home, and professional help is needed.