Protecting your home from ants and bugs this summer

ONTARIO, CA — Mary Anne Morato is doing her best to evict her unwanted house guests; thousands of them.
“I hate ants. It’s inside and outside. And what I don’t like about the ants is they are now in my bathroom and now they are biting me and I’m scratching. It really is a nuisance.”
According to experts, every summer, or when excessive heat hits many parts of the country, two type of ants crawl out of their nests, looking for food and water.
Health officials also say that using ant baits, either the gel or granular kind, are most effective because they kill the queen and the colony, not just the worker ants.
They also say using sprays also affect our water systems, when rain or gardening water washes the pesticide back to the ground. But if all you have are sprays, fair warning — there might be more to ant trails than meets the eye.
Now before you take that can and start spraying away, experts are saying those trail of ants may lead you to home repairs that need fixing immediately.
Since ants are looking for water, follow their trails and see if you have a leaky faucet, a damaged pipe,  a dead animal, or even rotting garbage you may not be aware of.
The National Pesticide Information Center also gives us pointers when using any form of pesticide in our homes.
 
  • READ THE ENTIRE LABEL
  • ONLY APPLY WHERE THE LABELS SAYS TO APPLY
  • KEEP ALL PESTICIDES IN THEIR ORIGINAL CONTAINERS
  • IF YOU SWALLOW, INHALE OR GET PESTICIDE IN THE EYES OR SKIN, CALL THE POISON HELPLINE AT  1-800-222-1222.
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