You never really know what might be hiding in your house until you begin packing up for a major move. Naturally, a few dust bunnies here and there are to be expected, but you might not have anticipated running into a major pest problem. Spiders, roaches and other critters often hide out in places that you may rarely go. Discovering that you have an infestation so close to your move-out date might cause you to feel tempted to just leave them alone.
Ants can easily find their way into your home through tiny cracks and crevices, and they will often be spotted near food sources. Aside from seeing ants, you may also hear them inside walls, which is a favorite place to nest. There are thousands of species of ants, and in the U.S. the most common species found in homes are carpenter ants, fire ants, and little black ants. If you notice signs of ants outside your home, such as in the yard, you should consider the possibility they are also inside your home even if you haven't seen signs of them yet.
If you have an ant infestation in your home, you may be surprised to learn that ants usually build colonies outside of a house and venture in to find food. Carpenter ants are an exception to this, as they will sometimes set up satellite colonies in your home near a moisture source. But even carpenter ants usually have their main colony outside. Once you know that ant colonies are mostly located outside your home, you can start treating your yard to prevent ant invasions.
Your home, like many others, has many rodent attractants. Rodents look for a place to feel safe and raise their young. The key is not to advertise to those rodents that you have a perfect place for them. This means identifying, eliminating, and reducing potential rodent attractants. Here are some of the most common rodent attractants and how to minimize their attractiveness.
Strong smells are attractive to rodents. In your home, your kitchen trash bin likely emits strong food-related smells.
Spring is in the air, with the arrival of blossoms and green grass, you may also be encountering a few new pests as well, including rodents. Rodents may not be as active during those cold winter months, but they are going to be out and about looking for food to eat and they may be finding it in your yard, your garage, or even your home. Rodents aren't shy about where they go looking for food, so you may find them in your newly purchased grass or birdseed bags, or you may find them in your freshly planted garden or flower beds.