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You don’t have to tolerate the bothersome Ants. Call us for a free phone consultation for the right Ant treatment for you. A pest problem demands immediate action. Waiting for it to go away, or trying to get rid of it yourself, could be hazardous for you and your family. At ATAP Exterminators, we take an approach to ant extermination that will solve your issues quickly – and in a way that is safe for you, your family, and your pets.
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Effective Ant Control Repelling Techniques
They can be found marching down a kitchen sink, the tile along a baseboard, or even outside by your welcome mat (some welcome!). There are some “permanent-ant” solutions that you can use to prevent future infestations. Fortunately, permanently eliminating ants does not require exterminators or harmful chemicals. You probably already have plenty of eco-friendly, pet- and kid-friendly products in your pantry to get rid of these pesky visitors.
Mint leaves prevent foul breath and repel ants. Two to three tablespoons of peppermint oil per quart of water makes a sprayable deterrent. Spray liberally around the ants’ nests, getting into all the cracks and crevices. Plus, your home will smell minty.
Ants hate the smell of cucumbers, so you won’t find them in a cucumber salad. Place peels or gratings near the ant nest to scare them away. Relax with two leftover cucumber slices on your eyes once you’re rid of bug worries.
Honey and Borax
A honey and borax snack is “to die for” to an ant. 1 tsp honey + 1 tbsp hot water + 1 tsp borax Set up a trap of a small note card or flat lid near the ants for a few days. No matter how tasty the concoction is, no ant will return for seconds.
Cayenne Pepper and Garlic
Ants living in gardens create anthills, a nuisance. Two teaspoons of cayenne, a few chopped garlic bulbs, and a cup of water will chase ants away. Spray liberally and wave goodbye.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Ants utilize fragrance to march in a line. Disrupt the fragrance with ACV. Apply a conga line-preventing spray of one part apple cider vinegar to one part water. Apply until the ant procession stops.
Nicotine and Water
Anthills on your land allow ants to attack your home. Soak those hills in nicotine-infused water to retaliate. The same pipe tobacco that can hurt humans, in the long run, can instantaneously kill an ant army. Soak pipe tobacco in water overnight and pour it over the anthills.
Unlike most companies, the ATAP Pest Exterminators of Chicago land team will treat in as few as one visit!
What to Do If You Have Ants
- Recognize any signs (ant trails, wood shavings, etc.)
- Identify The type of ant.
- NO food out and Open
- Cracks need to be sealed just as well as any other entry points.
- Set up bait traps for the workers.
If you do have ants, then we can quickly help you get past the problem without having to move out of your Chicago Home or apartment.
Ant Threats to Humans
Most ants in the United States are more of a nuisance than anything else, and they aren’t immediately detrimental to humans. If allowed to go wild, ants can ruin structures, spread germs, and, in the worst-case scenario, trigger severe allergic reactions. That’s why it’s essential to deal with an ant infestation as soon as possible.
Bites and Stings
Although ant bites from fire and harvester ants are rarely dangerous, they can be painful and necessitate medical attention. Bite avoidance is recommended whenever possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following methods for avoiding bites entirely:
- Ant mounds should not be disturbed;
- Lifting anything off the ground should be done with caution.
- When conducting yard chores, tuck your slacks into your shoes or boots.
- Remove ants as soon as possible.
Home and Yard Ant Damage
Fire ants can infest and short-circuit electrical equipment in homes and businesses. Ants can damage landscaping by disrupting roots, burying plants with nest excavation soil, and creating anthills in the lawn.
But don’t forget that ants are vital to our ecosystem. Pests such as caterpillars and grasshoppers are deterred by aerating the soil and spreading seeds.
Don’t panic about those pesky ants in your yard, just call ATAP pest Control Exterminators and we’ll handle the job for you! Whether it’s commercial pest control or residential pest control, our eco-friendly pest control services won’t let you down!
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Ant Control | What Attracts Ants to Your Chicago Home?
Like you, ants appreciate the convenient access to food, water, and shelter. Here’s how to keep them out.
Ugh. When you go into the kitchen to make your morning coffee, you see an ant highway leading into the garbage can beneath the sink. While these social insects are intriguing, you should not examine them closely at home.
Starting with the current infestation of ants Expel the ant-infested trashcan or another covered object from your home as soon as possible.
Next, get rid of the creepy crawlers—inside your home, in the trashcan, and the outdoor waste container. If you don’t want to use pesticides, fill a spray container with a 3:1 mixture of white vinegar and water. Follow ant trails to the entry location and spray it. Vinegar kills ants on touch and removes their scent trail, which attracts more.
Continue reading to learn what attracts ants and how to keep them out.
How Do Ants Get Inside Chicago Home?
Ants must first enter your home to plunder your rubbish. Sadly, that’s not hard. Ants are little, resourceful, and abundant. They often enter through the door or window, and any small opening or crack is enough to get them in. Ants can enter a property through a foundation crack, pipes, wiring, vents, wall cracks, or even the subflooring beneath carpet, wood, or tiled floors.
While it’s difficult to seal every possible access point, weather sealing doors and windows and correcting wall and floor cracks and gaps can help. Examining potted plants, outside eating dishes and utensils, and yard toys before bringing them inside also helps. To be safe, rinse anything left outside before bringing it inside.
Ants Need to Eat As Well.
Ants are drawn to your home by the promise of food. Ants have a high sense of smell, allowing them to locate a wide range of meals. Just like you may have a “sweet tooth” for sugary treats, most ant species do as well.
The sweetest foods attract ants inside your home: spilled soft drinks or fruit juices, candies, jellies and jams, cookies and other sweet baked goods, honey and syrup, and overripe fruit. A zealous ant colony can even steal chewed gum.
But ants are drawn to sweets as well. Most animals need protein and fat. That’s why ants swarm on oily cooking spills, meat, eggs, pet food, nuts, cheese, and butter. Also, most ant species will eat other insects, dead or alive. Unlike sweets and fats, cereals like bread attract some ant species.
Cleaning up spills quickly, routinely taking out the trash, rinsing dirty dishes before putting them in the sink or dishwasher, cleaning pet food bowls, and firmly sealing food storage containers all help prevent ant infestations.
Ants Seek Water Sources.
Ants, like humans, need constant hydration. Ants not only consume water at the source but also bring it back to their colony to store it. That’s why ants sometimes appear in unexpected places, like down the drain, inside the dishwasher, on moist wood, or in a damp basement or garage. This happens frequently during dry spells when ants can’t locate water outside.
Remove potential sources of water to lessen ant infestation danger. A dehumidifier in the basement may be essential if leaks are swiftly repaired and wet towels or moist clothing are not left sitting for too long.
Ants frequently seek water in potted plants, both indoors and outdoors. The soil can be treated with insecticide, or diatomaceous earth can be spread over the entire surface, killing ants and other insects but not pets, people, or pollinators who only contact the flowers and not the soil.
Ants Need A Warm Place To Nest.
Ant colonies have a complex hierarchy of queens, sterile female worker ants, and male ants who die shortly after mating with the queen. This society needs a home, and when the weather is dry, they will build it within yours.
Ants want a house that is close to food and water sources, warm, and dark. Your house’s walls, floor, attic, and garage all meet these criteria. Ants have been known to nest within the exterior unit of your air conditioner (the condenser).
They eat through electrical lines, wood, and insulation, causing electrical shorts and significant damage. Ants looking for a quick meal and drink aren’t the only pests that need to be dealt with by a professional. Sealing cracks and gaps around your property, fixing rotten wood and trim, and eradicating ants quickly will help prevent this annoyance.
Ants Adore Blooms
Ants are a necessary element of the ecology and are usually not an issue when left outside. But ants in your outside plants can be a warning of disaster. The ants in your garden? Aphids and nectar are two other common causes.
Many ant species benefit from aphids. Aphids are wingless insects that can be green, yellow, brown, or black. An aphid taking sap from a plant weakens it and causes distorted leaves and blooms. Aphids secrete honeydew, which ants love. Ants will defend aphids in exchange for honeydew.
Ants are drawn to flowers because of the sweet nectar they provide. Ants, like bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies, can pollinate. Penstemons and peonies are among the most popular flowers for insects, which often crawl all over peony blossoms. Ants prefer low-growing plants with small flowers, like spurge.
Eliminate aphids to deter ants from visiting your blooms. Using an insecticidal soap spray is simple. A spray of 1 tablespoon castile soap in 1-quart water is sprayed on the plants every few days until the aphids are gone. Castile soap is a natural plant-based soap that won’t hurt most plants. Avoid putting insecticidal soap on ferns, succulents, ivy, waxy-leaved plants, and new seedlings since these plants are more sensitive and may suffer leaf damage.