Preventative Tips

Carpenter Ants

  • Eliminate any damp conditions in or near your house.

  • Avoid having wooden parts of porches and decks touch the ground.

  • Keep branches from touching your house.

  • Remove dead trees.


  • Keep your home as clean as possible.

  • Eliminate pathway areas by sealing or screening.

  • Cover, seal and put away all food when not in use.

  • Avoid leaving standing water out anywhere.


  • Frequently vacuum carpet and furniture.

  • Keep pets in the yard.

  • Keep lawn well-maintained.

  • Remove wild animals from structure.

Flying Insects

  • Install or repair existing screens.

  • Change lighting.

  • Remove garbage daily.

  • Keep trash cans tightly covered and clean.

  • Repair any cracks around siding, doors and windows.

Mice and Rats

  • Install physical barriers.

  • Clean up under work units where food debris can build up.

  • Check that doors fit tightly.

  • Inspect incoming boxes.


  • Eliminate any wood contact of your home with the soil.

  • Remove paper debris and scrap wood lying around.

  • Improve ventilation by reducing the humidity in crawl spaces.

  • Prevent shrubs and vines from growing over and covering the vents.

Other Ants

  • Avoid garbage accumulation.

  • Try to locate and eliminate nests.

  • Correct any drainage in houseplants.

  • Seal cracks in concrete slabs and pavement.

Pantry and Fabric Pests

  • Inspect foods and their packaging prior to storage.

  • Try to store foods in glass or plastic containers.

  • Clean old containers before filling them with fresh food.

  • Clean-up spilled liquids and foods.

  • Store only clean cloths.

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