A Step-By-Step Guide To Effective Ant Prevention For Miami-Dade County Property Owners

August 14, 2020

No one wants ants swarming their home or business. But it’s a sad reality for many Miami-Dade County property owners. To protect your property from ants and all the problems that come with them, follow this step-by-step guide.

a carpenter ant on a porch

Ants In Miami-Dade County

In South Florida, there are more than 12 types of ants. While not all of those species are home invaders, many of them are. They enter homes and businesses as they attempt to seek shelter from downpours.

One of the more common local ant species is the crazy ant. Originally from South America, this species is best known for its inclination to target electrical wires. They are resistant to most insecticides, which makes them difficult to eliminate.

Carpenter ants are also found throughout the county. They tunnel through wood and leave behind a trail of destruction. If you don’t do anything to prevent or eliminate a carpenter ant infestation, your home could experience serious damage. You can usually identify this species by its large size and dark brown or black coloration.

Another common property invader is the fire ant. While these ants aren’t known for the damage they do to structures, they are notorious for their stings. They are smaller in size but pack a powerful venom. If you’re stung by a fire ant, you can experience swelling, pain, and itchiness. It could take days for the area to recover.

Some people are allergic to fire ant stings. Depending on the severity of your allergies, you could experience anaphylaxis. Even if you don’t have allergies, multiple fire ant stings can cause complications. The ants tend to attack in high numbers, so you’ll likely experience more than one sting at a time.

Steps To Ant Prevention

Ants have the potential to cause property damage and physical harm. They also could contaminate your food, costing you hundreds of dollars. For many reasons, you should take the necessary steps to keep ants away from your home.

Follow these steps to deter the pests:

1. Store Your Food Properly

There’s a right way and a wrong way to store your food. If you don’t properly store your food, ants will be drawn into your home or business and will contaminate your groceries. Keeping sugar and dry goods in unsealed or cardboard containers is asking for an ant infestation. To prevent ants, store your food in sealed plastic or gas containers.

2. Only Use Sealed Garbage Cans

Both your outdoor and indoor garbage cans will attract ants if they’re not sealed. Ants are small and can crawl under the lids of unsealed garbage cans. By using cans with tight seals, you make your property less appealing to ants and other insects.

3. Limit Moisture

If there’s not enough moisture on your property, ants won’t be able to survive. Limit water sources by repairing plumbing leaks outside and inside your building. Additionally, check your gutters and downspouts. They shouldn’t drain too close to your home or create large puddles.

4. Seal Your Entry Points

To deter ants from coming indoors, seal up all entry points. Common points of entry include broken screens, door sweeps, and cracks in walls. Inspect your home and check for flaws, reminding yourself that ants can enter through tiny crevices. If you find any holes or gaps, seal them up with caulk, sealant, or other building material.

5. Call For Help

You’re not on your own with pest control. In fact, you may not have the experience or resources needed to prevent ants from taking over your Miami-Dade property. The best way to prevent ants is with the assistance of the Miami-Dade and South Florida pest professionals at Amco Pest Solutions.

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