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Prepare for Ant Season: Your Guide to a Pest-Free Home

Prepare for Ant Season: Your Guide to a Pest-Free Home

Albia, IA (May 6, 2024) – As the seasons change, so does the activity of pests, including ants. But don’t worry, an increase in pest activity doesn’t mean you have to let infestations happen. With the right knowledge and tools, you can prevent and eliminate ant infestations effectively.

Common Ants and Reasons for Infestation

Ants are highly organized insects that live in diverse ecosystems throughout the world. Some of the most common ant species that you may encounter in and around your home or business include:

  • Odorous House Ants: These ants are small and brown or black in color. You will typically find Odorous House Ants nesting indoors close to moisture and food sources. They get their name from an odd characteristic - the smell of rotten coconut is emitted when their bodies are crushed.
  • Argentine Ants: These small, light to dark brown ants are known for creating large colonies. You’ll find them in gardens, within walls, or beneath flooring. 
  • Carpenter Ants: This ant species bore very smooth tunnels in timber by chewing away wood fibers and moving them out of the nesting area. These large ants, typically black or red, can be destructive if left unchecked.
  • Pavement Ants: Found in crevices along sidewalks and pavement, these small, dark ants can also infest homes and businesses. While they don’t bite, this ant species possesses the ability to sting.

Ant infestations can occur due to a variety of factors, including extreme outdoor weather, poor sanitation practices, unsecured entry points, overgrown vegetation, and unsealed food containers. Ants love a good crumb. They will be attracted to all sources of food scraps, or spills, in their search for food. 

Baiting and Eliminating Ant Infestations

There are several methods to bait and eliminate ant infestations. One effective method is employing the use of bait stations, which provide ants with bait to bring back to their colony/nest, eliminating the problem. Another way to deter ants is to use food-based repellents or to create a spray from orange peel and vinegar.

Kness Pest Control Center

For more comprehensive information on ants and pest control in general, visit the Kness Pest Control Center. It provides you with the background, warning signs, and tips you need to tackle whatever pest infestation or problem you’re facing.

Kness Pest Defense Products

Kness offers a range of products that can help you deal with ant infestations:

  • Ants-No-More Ant Bait Station: This product can be placed outdoors or indoors by inserting it into the soil of a planter. Foraging ants enter the station, take the bait from one of two compartments, and carry it back to the nest, eliminating the colony.
  • Stick-All Glue Traps: These traps are pre-scented to attract multiple mice and insects. The Stick-All provides excellent pest control for homes, offices, warehouses, food plants, restaurants, and more. Once caught, pests stay caught.

Remember, the key to effective ant control is understanding the behavior of ants, using the right products, and taking preventive measures. With these tips, you can ensure an ant-free home or office during ant season. Additional pest product information can be found at


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