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Ants Are Number One Pest Concern to Homeowners Across the Country

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The National Pest Management Association shares tips to help keep
your home free from ants

Ants are the number one concern among the majority of Americans
according to research from the National
Pest Management Association
 (NPMA), and rightfully so. With the
average colony containing thousands of individual ants, the NPMA advises
homeowners to stay on top of ant issues before they get too severe.

"Ranked the number one nuisance pest in America, ant infestations are
one issue homeowners can all commiserate about, but ants in the home
shouldn't be ignored," said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public
affairs for the NPMA. "Ants reproduce rapidly, and because different
species require different treatments, an expert is your best chance for
proper species identification and prompt control."

Ants can find their way into many parts of the home, but here are some
of the most common areas and tips for keeping them out:

Kitchen: Ants love to feed on sweets and fruit in addition to
grease, oil, meats and corn meal. Sticky jars are exceptionally
attractive to these invaders.

  • Pro tip: Wipe down counters and sweep regularly to clean up
    spills and crumbs.

Bathroom: Moisture makes bathrooms highly susceptible to
infestations. Carpenter
ants, a wood-destroying species
, are known to build nests in damp
areas like behind bathroom tiles or under sinks.

  • Pro tip: Repair leaky pipes, and check under sinks for areas of
    moisture buildup.

Backyard: Ants nest under rocks, in rotting logs, and under piles
of bricks or lumber.

  • Pro tip: Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the home and
    keep shrubbery well-trimmed.

Driveway/Walkway: Ants forage along sidewalks looking for a bite
to eat, and Pavement
ants
 often mine under concrete slabs, sidewalks and driveways, or
nest in nearby structures.

  • Pro tip: Eliminate standing water around the home and ensure
    gutters and downspouts are functioning properly.

Ants are social insects that live in large colonies, so if you see one
or two, you can bet they are telling their friends and a larger pest
problem could be just around the corner (or behind the wall). If you
suspect an infestation, be sure to contact
a licensed pest professional
who can help identify the species, find
cracks and crevices where ants may be coming in, locate nests, and
eliminate the problem.

For more tips on keeping ants out of the house, visit PestWorld.org.

About the National Pest Management Association

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 5,500 members, was
established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's commitment
to the protection of public health, food and property from the diseases
and dangers of pests. For more information, visit PestWorld.org
or follow @PestWorld on Facebook,
Twitter,
Pinterest
and YouTube.

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