When planning your spring get-togethers, you want to make sure you have removed a few guests from the list. As temperatures begin to rise, moisture ants dig out of underground nests.
Moisture ants are typically 1/8” and reddish to brown in color. Some moisture ants make their nests against the foundation of homes, a perfect place to party. These unwanted guests could be expensive as they can cause thousands of dollars in home damage.
Here are a few signs that may indicate your home is an ant party.
- Damaged or decayed wood. Survey in and around your home for damp, damaged, or decayed wood. Treated wood will make a great replacement
- Frass. Stay on the lookout for frass, which is wood that has been digested and excreted. Some good spots to look are around windowsills, sliding doors, and plumbing
- If winged ants are found inside the structure, this could be a sign that there is an infestation.
Getting Rid of Moisture Ants
The remedy starts with identifying where the moisture in your home is coming from, to ensure your home is pest-free, follow our comprehensive guide on home pest prevention. Leaking roofs, swimming pools, basements, plumbing, and foundation/crawl space drainage problems, can all lead to introducing moisture and humidity to your home. Dirt and overgrown shrubs that come into contact with your home’s wood are another common problem that accelerates wood decay and introduces moisture to your home, learn how to protect your home from other wood-damaging insects. Getting rid of excessive moisture in your home is the first step to ridding your home of a moisture ant infestation.
Once the moisture problem has been rectified in your home, finding the areas the moisture ants have colonized and in some cases exterminating these areas may be the next step.
Hiring an experienced pest control company like, Pestcheck Pest Control can help you identify areas infested with moisture ants. Unsure about pest control responsibilities? Read our article on landlord vs. tenant responsibilities for pest control.
Don’t let moisture ants ruin your home and peace of mind! If you’re located in West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Vancouver, Burnaby & New West, Coquitlam & Tri-Cities, or Richmond, our expert pest control services are just a call away. Get in touch with us today to ensure your home stays free of moisture ants and other unwelcome guests. Protect your home and enjoy a pest-free environment by scheduling an inspection with our professional team now!