Ways to Keep Ants Out of Your Home
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Ants are more than a simple inconvenience for today’s homeowners. Given their small size and persistence, even a small infestation can quickly turn into a nightmare! Certain species of ants can multiply rapidly, creating a massive colony from just a small nest.
Preventing ants from finding food, shelter, and water is the easiest method of avoiding an ant invasion, and here are three simple ways to stop ants from targeting a home.
HOW TO TO PREVENT ANTS IN YOUR HOME
Keeping a clean house has two prevention benefits: it denies ants access to food or water, and it also erases the invisible chemical trails ants use to find resources again. There are several things you can do to keep ants from invading your home:
- Ants will hunt for the smallest particles of food or water. Make sure counters are wiped down, dishes are washed and dried, and spills are cleaned up as quickly as possible. Floors should be swept, and rugs vacuumed frequently, to ensure no crumbs have escaped notice.
- Ants will also try to find water in unusual places. Leaks and drips coming from a shower head or sinks should be fixed immediately, as well as any water damage that occurs as a result of leaks. There are some specific ant species, such as cornfield ants (i.e. moisture ants), that prefer to nest in the waterlogged instabilities of walls, floors, and foundations. Keep an eye out for these damaged areas and remove them as quickly as possible.
- Ants may make their way inside through the smallest of openings. Sealing cracks in walls and foundations is another great step to prevent ants from entering a home in the first place.
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PREVENTING ANT INFESTATIONS
Some species of ants, like the local carpenter ant, prefer to nest in wood. A thorough inspection of all wooden structures or trees is recommended to prevent any potential ant colonies from forming. Foliage from nearby trees should be trimmed back from the house, and any dead portions of wood should be removed. Any outside nests should be eliminated entirely, to prevent the ants from moving indoors. The easiest way to prevent a colony of ants from invading your house is to look out for the first signs of ants. If you notice individual ants that have been sent from their colony to scope out potential targets for food, water, and shelter, it’s important to get rid of them before the problem becomes worse!
PROFESSIONALLY GETTING RID OF ANTS
Prevention may be the easiest way to deal with ants, but it’s not the only option! If a home is showing signs of infestation, a licensed pest control professional should be called immediately so the ants can be controlled and eliminated.