Whether you live in the North or the South, ants can be a problem year-round. With all pest situations, there are key steps you can take to prevent future problems; ants are no different. When leaves begin to fall, start looking at possible entry points for ants in structures. These may be areas in contact with landscaping and trees or areas where caulking around doors and windows is starting to break. Suggest trimming foliage touching the structure and sealing potential access points around doors and windows. Making sure leaves and other debris are removed in a timely manner will reduce harborage areas around the structure.
If a customer has organic mulch beds, suggest turning them over annually. Mulch provides an ideal nesting site for ants and other pests. By turning over the mulch and exposing it to sunlight, this disrupts those conditions — and in turn keeps the soil healthy underneath. Recommending these action items to your customer can help eliminate future problems with ants and other pests as well.