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Common Summer Pests: Odorous House Ants and House Spiders

These pests are the summer guests you do not want to invite over.

Odorous House Ants

You shouldn’t be worried about ants sneaking around to get a nibble at those sweet summer treats you made for your kids.

Odorous House Ants are small dark brown or black ants that are often found trailing through kitchens to find sweet treats.

They are attracted to fruit juices and pastries but will eat a variety of foods if you give them the chance.

Traveling quickly in lines, if you disrupt or alarm them, they may release odor as they run around frantically.

These ants are common in the summer, and they may trick you by moving their nests every two to three weeks.

They will nest anywhere, and oftentimes their nests are hidden. Places outside such as, under stones, logs, debris, mulch, and inside, such as in walls, window frames, insulation, or under cabinets.

Each nest has thousands of ants, making it hard to get rid of them once they arrive inside your home.

It is always best to take preventative measures before they arrive. You can keep ants out of your home by removing access points for them to sneak in. This includes trimming trees and shrubs near your home and covering up any cracks that may be an entrance.

Keep your food covered and stored properly and wipe down surfaces of crumbs and grease.

Since these ants are only about ⅛ of an inch, a tiny crumb to us may seem like a feast to them.

Remove any possible attractants such as pet food in bowls. Food laying out like this can attract not just ants but other pests.

Even after taking your own precautionary measures, if ants are already in your home, they not only cause you a massive headache, but they are a pain and tricky to get rid of.

Skip the useless traps and call a professional to help you handle the problem, once and for all.

House Spiders

Most common house spiders are of little to no threat to humans. They get spooked of you, just as you do of them, and when they feel threatened they may bite.

Some spiders can get rid of other pests, like roaches and flies, but you don’t want them making your home theirs too.

Common types of house spiders include:

  • Black widow

  • False black widow

  • Cellar spider or "daddy-long-legs"

  • Garden spider

  • Orb-weaver spider

  • Yellow sac spider

  • Brown recluse

The black widow and the brown recluse are among the most dangerous spiders to us. Their bites can cause immense pain and if bitten by one, you should head to the ER.

Spiders are drawn to houses when they are looking for food, just like ants, or for warmth. They like the dark and to be undisturbed. This is why they often hide or create their webs in:

  • Attics

  • Basements

  • Bookshelves

  • Crawlspaces

  • Closets

  • Garages

  • Sheds

  • Shoes

  • Storage boxes

  • Under porches

  • Woodpiles

Although they do not want to harm us, they can be inconvenient. Which is why it is important to take measures to prevent them from staying in your home.

Cleaning up your household by decluttering, vacuuming, and dusting often can help keep these 8 legged pests out. Cleaning under cabinets and keeping those areas tidy can also help.

If you see an unusual amount of spiders in your home or notice a spider egg sack, don’t hit it with a broom, call the professionals to help get the job done.

Contact A Professional

Usually, one stray ant or bug in your home is something you can take care of.

When the problem escalates to an infestation of pests, you know it's time to contact your local pest control business to get rid of those unwanted guests for you.

NAPM’s method has been proven to be effective and environmentally safe; making sure you can stay comfortable knowing you and your family are not exposed to harsh chemicals.

North American Pest Management, are experts within the Sacramento, California, and surrounding area that can provide top-notch pest control services. Call us at (916) 884-6620 for all your pest control needs.