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Facts: Ants

Pest Entry: Ants are usually a problem in the spring and summer months, making their way into homes through small cracks in window sills and doors that most people don’t even know are there. When ants do make their way inside, they are usually searching for places with food and water like kitchens or pantries. Once they have found a food source, Ants will often leave scent trails that contain pheromones to lead other ants to the food source they’ve located.

Environment: Ants can create nests in a variety of places including lawns, tree stumps, wall voids, and inside the home. Nest locations often vary depending on the particular species.

Reproduction: Can number up to 300,000 to 500,000 and whole colonies can uproot and relocate quickly when threatened. A colony can live a relatively long lifetime. Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years.

Health/Damage Concerns: Ants can contaminate food products in the home and can certainly be a hassle when cooking or preparing food outdoors.

Home Remedies: Home remedies only work temporarily, since contact sprays only kill the ants that you actually see. Most of the time these sprays will not reach the nest, causing them to come back time after time.

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