Ants are rarely welcome into the home, but luckily, most of the time they wander in, their presence is temporary. Mostly, the ants will be looking for food, and if they find it, they will bring in more workers to gather all of it. If the food source is constant, then the ants may build a colony closer to it, which is when the real trouble starts. Let’s take a look at what you can do to lower the odds of an ant infestation starting in the home.
Get rid of ant entry points
This is the one item on our list where you will need professional help. Since ants are so small they can squeeze through tiny gaps in order to enter the home, so removing all of the entry points can be difficult, if not impossible. A pro will be able to deploy residual insecticides throughout the areas of the home that ants use as entry points, and this will ensure long term prevention against ant infestations.
Clean the gutters on a regular basis
Gutter cleaning can be tedious and time consuming, but it is essential to not only ant prevention, but the prevention of many other pest infestations. Over time, gutters accumulate leaves, twigs and other forms of debris, along with stagnant water. All of this is very appealing to ants, and if they can find water and a proper environment in the gutters, they will pay you a visit.
Eliminate any potential water sources in the home
It’s not just gutters that can act as a water source for ants in or around the home. Even high levels of moisture in certain rooms can be enough for the ants to survive. Leaky pipes can also be a big draw. As such, it’s important to make sure that the humidity levels throughout the home are low, and that you fix any leaks as soon as you notice them.
Make sure that the ants do not have access to food
Ants will mainly enter the home looking for food. This is why it’s important to make sure that your food is stored properly, in sealed containers, and that you clean up spills and crumbs as soon as possible.
All of these measures can help lower the odds of an ant infestation, but if ants have already set up in the home, then you will need the help of a pro to get rid of them. Contact us today if you have an ant infestation that has to be removed