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Keeping carpenter ants away from your home this summer

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

 It's that time of year again when ants are trying to get inside, and homeowners are trying to keep them out.

Ants are back as the weather stays warm, but there are some things you can do to try and keep them out.

Calls for carpenter ants are dominating American Pest Solutions this week.

 "A nice big Oak tree, or a few big Oak trees in your yard probably have a colony living in them. You'll see those ants forging for food, looking for new places to start colonies, and they are getting into homes, especially this weekend," said Entomologist Bob Russell with American Pest Solutions.
 
Russell told Western Mass News that carpenter ants thrive on consistently warm overnight temperatures and are looking for damp wood, or anywhere with moisture to start a colony.

 "They'll get in through garages, doorways, door casings, windows that have moisture problems. Those types of spots," Russell noted. 
 
You may even find pavement ants, which are less common and not as big, but come in greater numbers.
 
"Those are the small ones. They make the sand piles in your driveway, along sidewalks, things like that," Russell added.
 
An occasional ant is no big deal, but once you start seeing three to four at a time for up to three days, you may have a colony.

That colony could be up to 50 strong and could multiply over time. 

The problem is that you can't find every nook and cranny they get into. 

Apart from sprays and professionals, Russell recommends following the ants around to watch their trail into your home and to keep the moisture down. 
 
"Making sure your gutters are exiting from the structure, you don't have a lot of water falling against the structure," Russell concluded. 

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