Have you seen them? Piles of displaced dirt along walkways, mounds of dirt that look like tiny volcanoes, and a million little ants crawling all over the place? Of course you have. It is spring in Pittsburgh. Ants are everywhere. Here are a few ways those ants are going to try to ruin your spring, and what you can do to stop them.
Ants In Your Picnic Food
No matter where you go in Pittsburgh, there is a good chance ants will be there before you get there, especially if the place you're going doesn't have ongoing pest control. There isn't much you can do about that, but you can reduce your chances of getting those ants in your food.
You are probably aware that ants send out scouts to locate food sources and go back to their colony to let the other ants know about it, but this doesn't explain how three dozen ants can swarm your food when you leave it for a couple minutes. What you may not know is that scout ants don't have to go all the way back to their colony to start getting help. Any worker ants that are crawling around near your food will be alerted to it in two ways, by the pheromone scent trail left by the scout that found the food, and by smell. Ants can smell minute odors with their antennae. The best way to keep ants out of your food is to keep all of your food contained when you're not preparing something to eat.
Ants At Your Cookout
There are all kinds of DIY ideas to prevent ants from ruining your backyard cookout. They stretch from natural blockers like vinegar, herbs, and citrus to potent chemicals that can be harmful to your pets and your family. The best way to keep ants from being a pain during your backyard gatherings is to attack those ants at the source.
Getting rid of ant colonies is a complicated matter. You have to know what kind of ants you have, and what kind of food those ants eat. If you choose the wrong bait, those ants won't go for it.
You also have to use a bait that will work "slowly" to kill the attacking ant colonies. If it kills ants too quickly, you could cause colonies to split--and make your problem worse.
Take back your yard with help from the experts here at Witt Pest Management. Spring is for enjoying time with friends and family, not for tearing your hair out fighting ants. Reach out to us today to schedule same day service.