Signs Your House is Infested With Ants | Portland Pest Control
There is a difference between seeing an ant and having an ant infestation. Sometimes a single ant can be tracked in on your shoes or clothing after you’ve come in from outside. A single ant, often times, is just a single ant. But other times one ant is just a foreboding sign that there are many, many more located somewhere in your home. So how do you know when a single ant is a single ant, and when it is a sign of an ant infestation? That’s what we’re going to talk about today.
Seeing Your First Ant
The first sign of an infestation is seeing an ant, but really it is seeing a specific type of ant. Large (1/2 inch or so) black ants are called worker ants. If you see one, there is a good chance that there are more as they don’t often travel by themselves. These ants come out at night and usually look for food that has been left out. So if you notice that food has been gotten into, you might have an ant problem.
Frass is the detritus left behind by ants as they tunnel through the wood of your home’s exterior. It is often presented as saw dust or wood shavings. Ants are almost always cleaning their tunnels of these wood shavings, which they will then pile up outside of the hole. These wholes will be most visible underneath the kitchen sink or other cupboard areas.
If you see an ant by the front door, it is much more likely that it was tracked in on your shoes or clothing than if you see on in the kitchen. Ants feed on sweet items, and the kitchen is where they will most likely find them.
What To Do If Your Home is Infested by Ants
Once you determine that you have an ant infestation, what do you do about it? If you can find where the ants are getting in at, you can try to take care of the problem on your own, by sealing it up. But often times this will not work, as there is no single place where the ants are coming in at, but instead they have made many little tunnels and holes. You’re probably not going to catch them all, so closing one up won’t do very much good.
So the best option is to call a Portland pest control company, like Antworks Pest Control, so they can come into your home and root out all of the ants in one fell swoop. They will also be able to locate the ant’s entry point and make sure that the ants can’t come back.