Summer Heat Brings Ants Crawling Indoors

Arrow Exterminators offers tips for homeowners to keep out these troublesome pests

As the temperatures heat up for summer, people aren't the only ones looking for a nice place to cool off. Warmer temperatures are often the main reason ants enter the home, drawn in looking for food and shelter. Arrow Exterminators offers homeowners proactive steps to eliminate ants at their first appearance to reduce the likelihood of a major infestation later.

While there are many different types of ants, certain ants can cause significant damage to homes or pose health risks. Carpenter ants are known to cause very severe property damage because they dig tunnels through wood to create their nests. The most common home invading species include odorous and non-odorous house ants and pavement ants. These ants will eat almost anything, including fruit, meats and cheese and can contaminate food sources that they infest. Red imported fire ants build their telltale nest mounds outdoors near a structural foundation and can gain entry to a home through holes or cracks; often infest garages and can be extremely territorial and attack with painful stings.

"Many people don't realize that ants are more than a nuisance or embarrassing pest," said Shay Runion, Arrow pest expert. "They can pose a heath risk as well and easily become an infestation problem that requires serious attention."

Tips from Arrow Exterminators for both inside and outside of the home to avoid ant infestations this summer:

  • Keep food in sealed containers and dispose of garbage regularly
  • Keep pet food and water dishes clean and remove any spilled food
  • Seal all internal and external cracks and crevices
  • Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water
  • Keep tree branches and other plants away from your home. Ants can often walk on the branches to enter your home
  • Make sure firewood is stored away from your home. Ants can often make a home the wood

Arrow protects homes from ants and other pests with the STEPSâ„¢ Total Protection System, an industry-leading process that utilizes Integrated Pest Management. STEPS includes full inspection of home and property to pinpoint pest control issues; identification of not only the pest, but the true cause of the problem; and treatment in the most environmentally responsible way to alleviate current issues and help prevent any future recurrence.

Consumers interested in protecting their homes from ants this season can view photos and additional information at Arrow's Online Pest Guide or contact Arrow for a free whole home evaluation at 1-888-462-7769.