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The Dos And Don'ts Of Ant Control: A Comprehensive Guide For Maine Homeowners

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When it comes to ant control, the biggest “don’t” is to think that you should just ignore the tiny intruders, and they will eventually go away. The biggest “do” is to partner with a local and experienced pest control expert.

Ants are one of the most common and frustrating pests to find their way into Maine homes. Big Blue Bug Solutions is here to help implement the necessary services to eliminate these pests from your home and keep them away for good. Read on to learn about pest control in Maine and how best to guard your house against them!

Do Know The Warning Signs Of An Ant Problem

Ants are a pest problem that can seemingly pop up overnight. You go to bed without ants and wake up with them crawling all over your kitchen counters and bathroom floors. Knowing common signs of an ant problem is vital in stopping these pests before they take over your home. 

One of the most significant indicators of a future ant problem in your home is finding ant mounds in your yard and seeing large numbers of ants moving through your yard’s grass and gardens. If ants live outside near your home, it is only a matter of time before they find their way inside while foraging for food, moisture sources, and shelter.

Another sign that you likely have a problem with ants on your property is finding discarded piles of wings or spotting large-winged ants near your home. Reproductive members of an ant colony have wings and will emerge from a mature colony to find a mate and build a new nest, increasing the number of ants on your property.

Don’t wait until ants have taken over your home to take action against them. As soon as you notice ants on your property, contact us at Big Blue Bug Solutions. We will take fast action and remove the ant infestation.

Don't Underestimate The Risks Of Ants In The House

Yes, ants are one of the most common household pests homeowners in Maine and across the country deal with. No, they are not harmless insects that you should just accept in and around your home. 

While some ants are more problematic than others, there are many risks associated with an ant infestation:

  • Food contamination
  • Spread of bacteria and disease
  • Structural damage
  • Short circuits and fire hazards
  • Bites and stings

Depending on the type of ants on your property, you could face multiple risks. Never assume that ants are just a nuisance and won’t cause harm to your home or family.

Do Call The Professionals At The First Sign Of Ants

Ants are pests many homeowners are tempted to handle on their own. There are so many DIY ant treatments sold in hardware and big box stores it makes people believe that they are an effective source of ant control. Unfortunately, store-bought ant treatments usually aren’t effective, can be dangerous if not used properly, and never treat the root of the ant infection. 

The best way to get rid of ants and stop their return is to partner with a local pest control expert. At Big Blue Bug Solutions, our residential pest control program will eliminate your current ant infestation and prevent future ant issues with ants and other common household pests through our regular maintenance visits. 

Call today to learn more about working together and keeping ants away from your Maine home!

Don't Forget These Ant Prevention Tips

Along with implementing a home pest control program, use the following tips to help make your property less attractive to opportunistic ants:

  • Store outdoor trash cans away from your home’s exterior and keep tight-fitting lids on them.
  • Keep outdoor dining and cooking areas free of food debris.
  • Eliminate excess water by repairing leaky pipes, faucets, and air conditioners.
  • Don’t leave uneaten pet food out overnight.
  • Maintain a clean kitchen and wash dirty dishes daily.

Reach out to us today at Big Blue Bug Solutions for help with ants and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Maine.