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How to Prevent Common Spring Pests in NYC: Carpenter Ants

Springtime in NYC means a few different things: the start of baseball season, excellent weather, and the dreaded seasonal return of one of the most common pests: carpenter ants.

Like many creatures in nature, carpenter ants come out of their winter hiding spots in the spring, ready to invade your home and cause you a headache. And while ant trails may seem almost impossible to get rid of without a professional pest control company, there are plenty of things that you can do to prevent this common springtime pest from taking over your home.



Store Food Properly


All professional pest control companies will give the same advice when it comes to pest prevention: make sure your home is clean. Carpenter ants need food and water to survive, so they’ll find any sources of nutrients in your house.

  • Keep trash bins completely covered by tight, spring-loaded lids.

  • Do not keep standing water around for any longer than you need.

  • Wash your dishes and sink after every meal and make sure any leftover food is sealed and put away.


Keep Moisture Away


Even the smallest leak or the tiniest pool of water can attract carpenter ants. You might already have your standing water under control, but have you checked your entire home or apartment for signs of moisture?


  • Repair any plumbing leaks immediately.

  • Close the toilet seats and put stops in the drains when not in use.

  • Keep any grass that you have trimmed.

  • Make sure damp areas, like basements, are well-ventilated and free of any water spots.


If you’re unsure that you’ve cleared up all the moisture in your home, contact a professional pest control service. Most exterminators in NYC are great at spotting things you may have missed.


Inspect Your Home and Seal Any Gaps


Carpenter ants are small, which is a huge reason why they’re one of the most common household pests. They are notoriously good at sneaking through tiny gaps and cracks that lead to the interior of your home.


  • Repair any broken screens and windows and keep exterior-facing doors closed.

  • Use caulking compound to seal any cracks less than ½ an inch and use expandable foam sealant for larger gaps.

  • Replace any aged or worn weatherstripping.


Schedule Year Round Maintenance with a Professional Pest Control Service


The best way to ensure that your home is free of carpenter ants this spring is by scheduling year round maintenance with a professional pest control service. Many extermination companies offer seasonal preventative pest control treatments so that your home is guarded all year long.


If you’re interested in keeping your house, apartment, or office building pest-free, give Skilled Pest Control a call. We’re a professional pest control service that offers both preventative and on-call extermination services, efficiently and effectively.


Contact us now for a free consultation!

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