It’s safe to say that homeowners in the Pacific Northwest have ant problems at least once a year. For some of us, ants are more-or-less a constant presence. Their numbers will decrease dramatically in the winter months, increase in the spring, and surge beyond control in the summer. They show up in odd places like the bathroom floor or the laundry room where there is no obvious magnet such as food.
Well, big news. There are a number of different species of ants, and they are all attracted to different things. For example, the little black ants in your bathroom are probably scouting for water. Aside from sugar, this is one of their most common targets. Stagnant water will bring a few thirsty ants into your bathroom sink and shower, retrieving beverages for the rest of the colony most likely hibernating in the walls of your house.
Carpenter ants are tricky. They like wood and moisture. Both of which are plentiful in the Vancouver and Portland area. But you can deter them by correcting plumbing and roofing leaks and sealing cracks in and around your home’s foundation.
As cold weather approaches in fall, ants seek warm shelter by burying themselves in soil, under rocks, and inside the walls and foundations of houses. Periodically, some ants will go scouting for extra food and water during cold weather seasons. This is what you’re seeing when there’s an unexpected ant infestation in the middle of winter.
Let’s look at some simple ways to make your home less interesting to ants.
Most ants like to scavenge for food in the summer, but if it’s available, they’ll bug you to varying degrees all year. Here are a few simple ways to keep them at bay year-round:
If you have little patience for bugs and want to prevent the infestation entirely, your best bet is to call an ant exterminator. Since they know where ants like to hide, they will inspect your home and work to completely eliminate the pests you’re having trouble with. A good company will customize their treatment plan for your unique home or office.
While it may seem extreme to call an ant exterminator in Vancouver, Portland, or the surrounding areas, it is actually the best way to stop the problem permanently. And by “best” we mean the fastest, cheapest, and most long-term solution possible.