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How To Get Rid Of Ants In The House: What Everyone In Fort Mill Ought To Know

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Ants are a huge problem for home and business owners throughout the entire country, and Fort Mill is no exception. Here, we have to deal with ants virtually all year long because they're seeking just about everything in our houses, from our food to our moisture to our climate-controlled shelter. This can sometimes make it feel like ant pest control in Fort Mill is downright impossible.

Ant Identification: Species Found In Fort Mill

South Carolina has a large number of ant varieties endemic to its environment, and though you won't run into every single ant species in your home, there are plenty of common pest ants that you could encounter. Ant species you might find on your property include: 

  • Red imported fire ants
  • Argentine ants
  • Odorous house ants 
  • Pharaoh ants
  • Carpenter ants
  • Pavement ants
  • Acrobat ants

Most ant species in Fort Mill are considered a nuisance, though some can be more problematic, so you'll want to take ant control measures that keep them all out of your home. 

Ant Behavior: How They Find Their Way Inside

Ants are social insects, and, as such, they have plenty of ways of communicating with each other. Ants normally find their way into your home when one or two worker ants scouting for new food sources stumble upon something edible inside your house. These ants will then send chemical signals to all of their compatriots in the colony telling them that there is food to be harvested. This is why you see lines of ants crawling to and from crumbs on your floor or your countertop. 

Certain types of ants also nest in your home under the right conditions. For instance, carpenter ants will set up shop in your home's walls or other wooden structures if the wood is rotten and moist because wood like this is easy to carve. Ants may also come into your house seeking moisture in times of drought. The fact that our homes have so many potential attractants is part of what makes ant control in Fort Mill so difficult. 

Expert Ant Control: Call Us At The First Sign Of Ants In The House

One of the main issues with eradicating ant infestations from your home is the ineffectiveness of most over-the-counter ant control solutions. Store-bought products like granules and baits typically make infestations worse because they're poisons, not growth regulators, so they kill a portion of the colony, which stresses the surviving ants and causes them to spread out and increase their rate of reproduction. 

This is why you should call the experts for the most effective ant control. Here at Go-Forth Home Services, we offer the most advanced ant elimination technologies and techniques that can eradicate entire colonies, not just a portion of them. That's why you should call us at the first sign of trouble instead of wasting your time and money with ineffective store-bought products. 

Prevention Is Key: Tips To Prevent Ants From Coming Back

You might not be able to eliminate existing ant infestations on your own, but you can take measures to avoid getting future infestations. Just follow ant prevention tips like:

  • Cover all indoor and outdoor garbage cans at all times.
  • Store pantry foods in airtight containers.
  • Never leave pet foods or dirty pet bowls sitting out.
  • Clean up after meals right away and never leave dirty dishes sitting anywhere, not even the sink.
  • Fix moisture issues like clogged drainage and leaky pipes.

Keeping up with these ant prevention best practices can help keep your home ant-free, but if you still wind up needing ant control services, don't hesitate to contact Go-Forth Home Services!