Get Those Ants Under Control!

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You can have an ant problem all year round in the Bay Area if you don’t take some precautions. Richard Estrada, owner of ATCO Pest Control, a Diamond Certified company, says the first step is “getting rid of fruit, garbage, sodas and other food items that attract ants. They love the same things we do!” Mr. Estrada recommends against spraying store-bought repellants because they simply scatter the ants. Instead, try applying bait primarily to the areas where the ants originate.

Inspecting the outside of your home is also a good idea. Mr. Estrada suggests checking bushes or trees that touch your house for ant infestations. By cutting those limbs back, you’ll shut off the ants’ path into your home. Remember: Ants are valuable to the environment, so it’s best to keep them outside by being proactive instead of reactive.