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odorous house ant

Homeowners in St. Louis, St. Charles and throughout Mid-Missouri at one time or another have seen an ant or two creeping across their kitchen floor or counter top.  During the spring season, this is especially true as nuisance house ants start to emerge from behind walls and baseboards in search for food.  Don’t worry, though, Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions is ready to help you fight these troublesome insects.

There are four species of ants in Missouri that are common home invaders.  They are the acrobat ant, pharaoh ant, pavement ant and the odorous house ant.  Although these ants are not typically aggressive, nor do they cause damage to the structural integrity of our homes or the contents within, they can aggravate homeowners and contaminate our food supply with their droppings.   

House-infesting ants are some of the hardest insects to control.  Just like with termites, simply killing the foraging insects will not get rid of the ant problem; you have to eradicate the entire colony to keep them from coming back.  Many people take great pride in tackling home improvements on their own, but do-it-yourself baits and sprays are generally not effective, can be dangerous and often times actually make the problem worse.  There are, however a few things you can do to help make your home less attractive to these annoying insects:

  • Eliminate any standing water around or near your home

  • Repair leaky faucets or drains

  • Keep food, including pet food, in sealed containers

  • Dispose of garbage daily

  • Clean crumbs and spills immediately

  • Keep trees and shrub branches cut back away from your house

  • Seal cracks and holes around your home with caulking

If all of your attempts to prevent these insects from entering your home fail, Rottler is ready to help!  We offer effective ant control in St. Louis and throughout Mid-Missouri that will curb your ant infestation.  Contact Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions today to get those invading ants out of your Missouri home.

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