Sometimes it feels like no matter what you do, ants seem to make their way into your home. There must be something in there they are attracted to, right? In fact yes, there are many things attractive about your home to ant colonies. Effective Pest Services is here to talk about what makes your home so appealing to ants and what you can do to keep them out of your home.
Why Do I Find Ants in Standing Water?
Water is essential to the survival of ants, so naturally, they will be searching for it. If you have any excess water in your home, this could be one reason they are trying to get into your home. This is why it is so common to find ants around your bathroom area. There is often water pooling somewhere in the bathroom. Getting rid of any leaking pipes or pooling water in your home will go a long way in making your home less attractive to ants.
Ants are Attracted to Food
Food is the next thing that ants are always looking for. They can usually find what they need to thrive within the walls of your home. Here are some of the ways you could be feeding ants.
• Wipe Up Sugar & Grease Spills- Cleaning your kitchen is a must when trying to avoid ant infestation. Pay particular attention to areas that have sugar or grease substances on them. Ants are highly attracted to sugary and greasy foods.
• Clean Food Spills Quickly- Allowing any spills to sit for too long is a sure way to attract ant. Work quickly to clean up any spills that may happen.
• Properly Store Food- Ants have a keen sense of smell and will be able to smell any foods that aren’t stored in air tight containers or in the refrigerator. Any sugary or sticky foods that leak onto the outside of any container should be wiped clean to avoid ants.
• Remove Trash Regularly- Another excellent food source for ants in the garbage can. They don’t mind one bit that the food in there is rotten. Remove trash from your home on a regular basis.
Do Not Provide Shelter for Ants
Ants will seek shelter from cold temperatures just like other pests. Ensuring your home is sealed tight without any entry point available to ants is key. Check the weather stripping around your doors for any signs that they need to be replaced. You should also check the seals around your windows for any cracks and gaps. It doesn’t take a big opening for a tiny ant to squeeze through.
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If you find that you are having a particular hard time getting rid of any ant problem this summer, Effective Pest Services has the training and resources to offer you the help you need. We know how difficult it can be to get rid of an ant colony, but with the tools we have at our disposal, we are able to successfully eradicate any ant problem you may have. Call us today!