Ants Are a Top Homeowner Concern
There is nothing worse than coming back to your counter top only to find ants crawling across something that you were about to eat. Even worse, to find ants crawling all over one of your child’s toys that was sitting on the floor. The first thing that comes to mind is that the first time? Have I or my child consumed something that ants have been on?
Where Did My Ant Infestation Come From?
Ants, like most other pests, did not just appear inside your home. The problem actually began on the outside. Most ant infestations begin with an often obvious invitation that most homeowners don’t know exist around there home. It is very important to realize that most pest infestations begin because they were invited. It is important for homeowners to educate themselves on what these invitations look like, and more important, what to do about it.
How To Find The Invitations For Ants
The first major attraction for ants to your home is moisture. Standing water or even landscape materials that retain moisture below them are a major factor in attracting ants toward your property. Reducing the level of moisture present around your property is key in reducing ant populations next to your home.
Now that ants are near your property, they need a way in. Poorly caulked windows and doors are easy access and a major attraction for ants. Not only do they allow ants access to your home, these poor seals will often retain moisture as well causing it to be a great place for ant nesting.
Ants are constantly foraging to find new ways into your home. It is extremely important to trim trees and shrubs at least 3 to 6 feet from your home to prevent pest access. Not doing this is a surefire way to end up with an ant infestation on an upper level of your home while bypassing your lower floors.
Ant Infestations Are Typically Caused by These 4 Things
Ants may be tiny, but their impact can be huge when they amass large numbers. And if you see one ant, you know there are more coming. Every colony sends out scouts to find food, so if you only find a couple in your home, know they’re checking the place out before sending in the infantry. Here are four things you can do so ants find nothing worth reporting.
Every home looks better when it’s cleaned often. Fortunately, ants don’t think so. It’s extremely important that you get rid of all the clutter in your home as this is a great place for ants to congregate and even find sustenance.
Moisture is also something you want to keep an eye out for. Ants, like many insects (termites, mosquitoes, etc.), love moisture they can easily access. Unfortunately, most of us don’t notice the issue. Check anywhere a drip could be happening, like around your fridge, pipes and anywhere rain can get to.
If you think your kids love sugar, wait till you see how devoted ants are to their favorite food. Keep any sugar you use for cooking in the refrigerator where ants won’t be able to reach it. Be sure when you slice fruit or pour juice, you’re not leaving remnants behind. What appears invisible to us is a huge hit on the radar for ants on the hunt for easy food.
Another favorite food item of ants is grease. They can’t get enough of the stuff. Unfortunately, many of our homes produce exorbitant amounts. Whether it’s from cooking bacon or even baking some of our favorite recipes, it can become an easy food source to the enterprising ants. So, just like with sugar, be sure to clean up immediately and clean often in case you missed any spots.
You read that right. Weather may in fact be one of the best predictors for an ant infestation. Even better than the amount of moisture or food left out in your home. A little referenced study from Stanford done in 2001 showed that there are two weather conditions that drive ants into nearby homes: summer droughts and winter rainstorms. So when this weather is anticipated, do some rounds. Make sure your home is clean, uninviting and free of any holes or entrances ants might get through.
Although they may seem like just a nuisance, ants can cause huge problems if allowed. Consider the above four causes for seeing them and keep your home safe. For expert ant pest control in Nashville, TN contact us!