The Trick To Getting Rid Of Ants On Your New Hampshire Property
Here in New Hampshire, we have a lot going for us: gorgeous autumns and springs, beautiful beaches, and amazing wilderness areas in the White Mountain National Forest. However, with all those picnicking and camping opportunities for us come infestation opportunities for ants. Despite our harsh winters, we’ve still got tons of ants that call our state home. If you’re not careful, ants might wind up calling your house or commercial property home as well. Fortunately, there are some measures you can take to prevent that from happening. Let’s discuss what you should do and what you shouldn’t do.
Common Area Ants
These large dark brown to black ants are the most dangerous ant variety on this list because of their propensity to destroy property. They tunnel through wood to make their nests. Most of the time they build their colonies in rotten logs and dead trees, but they may also decide that your home’s wooden support system is a fine substitute. If that happens, carpenter ants can do as much damage to your home as any termite colony.
Odorous House Ants:
Odorous house ants earned their name because of the rotten coconut smell they emit when you crush them. These small brown or black ants are more of a nuisance than a danger, as they like to come into your home looking for sweets.
Pavement ants are the smallest out of the ants on this list. Like odorous house ants, these shiny dark brown or black ants have a quite literal name, as they like to make their nests in cracks in the pavement. Also, like odorous house ants, pavement ants are more of a nuisance than a danger. They can sting but typically choose not to do so, as they’re much more docile than their southern counterparts: fire ants.
Ant Prevention Tips
Ant colonies are vast and complex entities that don’t die off just because you kill a few members. In fact, some ant species’ colonies don’t die even if you kill the queen because they’re capable of growing another queen from the dead one’s existing brood. Many ant colonies send out satellite nests as well, meaning if you kill the main nest, you’ll still have to contend with all the smaller ones that might not be large enough for you to see yet – not to mention all the ant species that build nests you may never see no matter their size (like carpenter ants).
All this means ants aren’t easy to get rid of once you’ve got them. Most of the time, sprays, traps, and granules kill one nest or one queen, but that does nothing but cause the colony to disperse or move. That’s why you frequently find new ant beds near the spots where you killed old ones. This means prevention is key. There are lots of measures you can take to keep ants at bay:
- Tightly cover all indoor and outdoor garbage cans.
- Store all foods – including pet foods – in airtight containers.
- Vacuum and clean frequently to remove crumbs that could attract ants.
- Spray any ant lines you find with vinegar to denature pheromone signals.
If even these measures fail, help is just a click or call away. Here at Master Mosquito Control, we’re your friendly local hitmen – for bugs, that is! We’ve tailored our ant control process to focus on total eradication for the long haul and not just getting rid of the nests you can see. So give us a call at (888) 321-4486 or schedule your free estimate on our website today!