Odorous House Ants also known as Sugar Ants are a native species to our country and found throughout the United States. Why the foul name? When squished, they give off an odor of that of rotten coconuts. Back or brown in color, these tiny little guys (1/16-1/18-in) often are found indoors, typically in wall voids, cracks/crevices, and famously under sinks. “Honey there are ants all over the kitchen and bathroom!” Sound familiar? They feed on anything such as dead insects, honeydew (their favorite), seeds, and notoriously sweets left behind by us. When getting rid of these pests’ professionals will either use a non-repellent or a baiting method (or a combination of both).
You may have noticed when using a residual or repellent DIY spray it only makes matters worse – well that’s because it causes stress on the ant colonies which cause them to split and create sub-colonies; ultimately making your issue widespread among your home. That cycle is called “budding”; multiplying the amount of ant colonies, in-turn multiplying your ant issues. When you see these ants active around your home they are more than likely travelling to and from their food source and their nesting site – make note of these locations as this is where you’ll want to place your bait. If all else fails, call in the professionals! PCI Pest Control has a 6-month warrantied treatment that will take care of your problem. [For at home tips, see our previous blog for “What Ants Don’t Want You To Know About Why They Love Your Kitchen!”] Continue Reading
“Well, that counter top sure looks nice and clear, maybe it doesn’t need a wipe down.”
“Well, Fido can take care of those few crumbs the baby dropped, he always licks up food to save me from sweeping!”
This is why the ants LOVE your kitchen. They’re attracted to food scents or molecular sized pieces of foods. To the naked eye, your kitchen counter tops and floors may seem empty. But, to an ant hoard, it’s their next buffet! On top of that, ants have incredibly small bodies. At only 1/8”, they can squeeze into the tiniest crack of your home.
Here are some helpful tips to keep the kitchen-loving ant out of your life:
- Store food in sealed containers – anything left out in the open is an attractant
- Try to exclude ants by caulking and sealing any openings into your home
- Your dog is not an efficient form of cleaning; even if he licks up leftovers. Always go over the spill-spot with a broom or mop.
- Be sure to clean any surfaces that could harbor tiny crumbs. This includes dishes, countertops, and microwaves. Rinse off the sponge afterward to wash away food remnants
- For a natural approach, wipe down your kitchen surfaces with vinegar or lemon juice. This will eliminate the scent trails ants are attracted to.
Like many entrepreneurs at this time of year, I’ve been spending a good amount of time reflecting on this last year’s progress and thinking about what I’d like to achieve in the coming year. Although I’ve never been one for resolutions (too restrictive and unpleasant), I love making lists of goals. They often include a blend of personal and professional hopes and ambitions and have been helpful in clarifying my priorities for the year ahead. Continue Reading
During the winter season, it’s estimated that rodents seek shelter in more than 21 millions homes in the United States. This means that many homeowners will likely be dealing with mice or rats in their abode over the next few months – and you could be one of them. Continue Reading
It’s not uncommon, especially during the winter months, to have an unpleasant encounter with a rodent who has made its way into a home uninvited. What many people do not realize, however, is that these pests can be much more than a nuisance. Rodents, such as rats, mice, prairie dogs and rabbits, are associated with a number of health risks. In fact, rats and mice are known to spread more than 35 diseases. These diseases can be spread to humans directly, through handling of live or dead rodents, through contact with rodent feces, urine, or saliva, and through rodent bites. Diseases carried by rodents can also be spread to humans indirectly, through fleas, ticks, or mites that have fed on an infected rodent. Continue Reading