Ants infest homes for second straight year

Experts: Caulk cracks, keep home clean

INDIANAPOLIS - For the second year in a row, ants are a major problem in central Indiana and experts have advice for how to get rid of them.

Many homeowners have reported finding more ants both inside and outside of their homes.

“We’re getting lots of calls with carpenter ants, we’re getting lots of calls about odorous house ants, pavement ants, about every kind of any you can imagine, summertime is their play time,” said Gregory Johns with Gold Seal Pest Control.

Exterminators said this is the second year in a row that ants have been a bigger problem than usual, and part of that problem is a result of last year’s drought.

“Lack of rain right now, they’re coming in looking for moisture. Plus the two mild winters we’ve had back to back have made it out of control. We’re seeing a big increase right now in the flying ants as well, getting calls left and right. I think we’re getting 200 to 300 calls a day right now,’ said Troy McIntyre with AAA Exterminating.

Experts recommend that homeowners caulk any cracks and crevices and keep their house as clean as possible.

“Keep your dishes done every night. Let’s eliminate the food source-- what’s really attracting them in there. Keep the crumbs and the food droppings to a minimum. Extra cleaning really helps,” Johns said.

Many over-the-counter products will attack ant colonies, but some homeowners prefer to leave the job to the professionals.

“I work full-time, so does my husband. They’re out here pretty quick. They spray the inside and the outside, so I like that,” said homeowner Lisa Ford.

Experts said one treatment should get rid of the ants for the rest of the season and could cost about $150 for the average house.

Exterminators said the bait available for purchase at hardware stores work pretty well, but if the problem persists, it is best to call a professional.

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