July 11, 2019
Board-Certified Entomologist (BCE) Offers Ways to Defend Your Home from Summer Invaders
KNOXVILLE, TN (July 11, 2019)–Nobody likes a pest—particularly one that has the potential to disrupt your summer by occupying your home—but with warming temperatures across East Tennessee, you and many of your neighbors may be dealing with what has been called America’s leading nuisance pest: ants. But fear not. Kyle Lundy, BCE, founder and owner of Knoxville-based Pest-Ops, says there are some simple things every homeowner can do to minimize the likelihood of being overrun by ants.
“This time of year, with the days getting longer and warmer, ants of all species are far more active,” said Lundy, a veteran in the industry and the only board-certified entomologist on staff at a Knoxville-based pest control company. “They are in search of three things: food, water and someplace to live. And, like it or not, our homes often provide all three.”
While there are numerous species of ants in Tennessee—and Lundy says it is important to know which you are dealing with to ensure the right approach to control or treat the problem—there are some basic, universal strategies you can employ to make your home less inviting to structure-invading ant populations:
- Be thorough in your housekeeping. Ant problems occur in homes primarily because they offer food, water and favorable nesting conditions. According to Lundy, “Cleanliness, particularly in places where food is prepared and served, is imperative.”
- Make sure the food in your pantry or cabinets is stored in tightly sealed containers.This practice reduces the potential problem by making it more difficult for ants to access one of the key things they are looking for.
- Ensure your trashcans are covered, and quickly wipe up any spills. Your waste is attractive to ants so make sure your trashcans have lids on them, and if a spill does occur—particularly if it is a sweetened drink—clean it up quickly and thoroughly.
- Make it hard for ants to follow their “trail.”If you see ants, use a surface- or window-cleaning product to wipe the pathways they are using. This removes the scent—the pheromone—that ants use to find their way between their nest and the food source.
- Seal them out. Eliminate access points, like cracks or holes in brick veneer or unsealed windows or doors. In fact, it’s a good idea to make sure your doors and windows close tightly. Do everything you can to make it harder for ants to cross the threshold between outside and inside, says Lundy.
- Trim up the vegetation adjacent to your home.Because ants use them as a bridge, Lundy indicates it’s a good idea to keep branches, vines and other plants from coming in direct contact with your house. It’s also wise, he says, to make sure mulch isn’t right up against your home’s foundation.
If you have instituted all these strategies and you still find you have a problem, it may be time to call in the professionals. “Sometimes the situation is beyond the prevention stage,” said Lundy. “The ants have a toehold in your home and it will take stronger measures to eliminate them.”
With nearly 25 years in business—and as one of the few remaining high-caliber, locally owned pest service providers—Pest-Ops knows and understands Knoxville, East Tennessee, and the area’s specific pest problems. Lundy added, “We have the resources and the trained technicians to eliminate a homeowner’s ant problem, and our ownership is located right here in Knoxville– not out-of-state or on the other side of the globe. So we’re knowledgeable and our response time is fast.”
For a free estimate, contact Pest-Ops today at (865) 966-0750.
ABOUT PEST-OPS, LLC
Founded in 1995 by board-certified entomologist Kyle Lundy, Pest-Ops, LLC is a Knoxville-based pest services company providing pest and termite management, bird exclusion, inspections, and consultation for commercial and residential clients in East Tennessee.
The company enjoys a 4.9-star rating on Google and has twice been named a Farragut Press Reader’s Choice award winner. Pest-Ops focuses on integrating non-pesticide and green products into its service to provide highly effective treatment while protecting families, businesses, and the public from pesticides.
In addition to being licensed, insured, and bonded, Pest-Ops technicians are thoroughly trained and receive weekly continuing education from Pest-Ops staff entomologist.