6 Reasons There Are Ants in Your Home
Imagine you’re making breakfast one morning when you notice a few ants crawling along the counter. While it is not an uncommon occurrence, it can make you lose your appetite and lead you to worry that your home and kitchen are dirtier than they actually are.
A recent study conducted estimates there are over 10 billion billion ants worldwide. Seeing even just a few may be a sign you have ants in your home.
Before you can create a game plan to combat the ants in your home, it’s important to figure out what’s drawing them indoors. Consider these six reasons there may be ants in your home and how to get those ants out of your house.
1. Leftover Food
Just like with every living creature, ants have to eat. With approximately 100,000 to 500,000 ants per colony, that means they need a lot of food. One of the most common reasons ants enter the home is because they are attracted to food that has been left out or not cleaned up completely.
Ants are often not looking to nest in a home — rather, they find resources in your home they can take with them back to the colony. Food is one of the main resources that is beneficial to the entire colony and is the main attractant to insects.
The more food you leave out, the higher the chance ants will make their way into your home. To get rid of ant infestations in your kitchen and pantry, ensure that you are regularly cleaning up spills and crumbs. Additionally, store food in airtight containers and keep fruits and vegetables in the fridge.
Finally, make sure that you wipe down your stovetop, bottles, syrup and jam containers and anything else that may have a greasy or sticky residue. Ants are often drawn to substances high in sugars and lipids. By taking the proper precautions, you can help to minimize the main attractants for ants in your kitchen.
2. Cracks in Windows or Doors
Even if you remove every possible morsel of accessible food in your home, these persistent critters will still make their way into your living space if it is easy for them to do. Having cracks or holes in your windows and doors can invite ants to come inside and explore your home. These cracks often aren’t easy to see – in fact, most are microscopic, but ants can squeeze through extremely small spaces.
Older winders will commonly develop small cracks around the edges due to wear and tear over time. Ensure that you reseal your windows and frames frequently to close off an unwanted entrance for ants and to keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Additionally, doors are also susceptible to cracks and holes, specifically underneath the door and around the edges of the frame. Make sure your door is tightly sealed at the bottom and that the frame is properly insulated from the outside elements. Finally, make sure to keep your door closed. Leaving your door open for long periods of time exposes the interior of your home to the elements and invites ants to venture into your home in search of food.
3. Pets and Kids
It’s no secret that pets and kids are messy. The messes they often create are particularly appealing to ants. From spilled juice to pet food and treats hidden throughout the house, all it takes is the smallest crumb to attract an ant.
To help prevent ants from entering your home, ensure that you are regularly cleaning countertops and tables in your kitchen and vacuuming the floors. The fewer crumbs, sticky stains and spills you have, the lower the chances are that an ant will be attracted to your living space.
4. Plants and Trees
Not all ants thrive on crumbs from the kitchen. In fact, many ants survive by eating honeydew. No, not the sweet and scrumptious melon that we’re all familiar with, but a sticky secretion that is produced by aphids and other plant-sucking insects. Because of this, if you have plants near your home that aphids thrive on such as penstemon or peony flowers, ants may enter your home.
Additionally, carpenter ants thrive on decaying logs and stumps and may be found in older wood in large trees. If you have trees planted near your home, you may be more susceptible to ants entering your home. Have a woodpile stocked up for next winter? Ensure that it isn’t set up next to or inside your house. Many ants live in and eat dead wood, so that’s another way they can enter your home.
To help prevent ants from entering your home via your garden, consider planting crops such as rosemary, lavender or peppermint, which deter ants, look visually appealing and smell wonderful.
5. Time of Year
When it gets cold outside, do you often feel like laying on your couch and taking a nice long nap? Ants feel the same, albeit not with a couch and a fireplace, but by entering the warm confines of your home. No matter the season, ants can find an excuse to enter your home.
In the spring and summer, ants are more active due to the pollination season and a large amount of blossoming plants and trees. Be wary of ants entering your home during this time, as they are most likely looking for food and may have been carried into your home with the fresh flowers or veggies that you pull from the garden.
In the autumn season, ants are attracted to decaying wood and leaves. To prevent ants from entering your home, ensure that you are raking the leaves away from your home and disposing of fallen branches and decaying wood.
6. Leaking Pipes and Faucets
One of the most overlooked reasons ants enter into a home is leaking pipes and faucets. Ants need to eat, but they also need a reliable source of water to survive. Ants will often migrate toward lingering damp areas of your home in search of water for survival.
The less lingering water, the less likely you are to have unwelcome ants making your home their personal watering hole. To combat this, regularly inspect your toilets and sinks for leaks and ensure that your windows and doors are closed when it rains and snows. Additionally, consider installing a dehumidifier to remove any excess moisture from the air.
Eliminate Ants With Help From Pestech Pest Solutions
Sometimes, even after taking all of the necessary precautions and tips for controlling ants, they will still find a way into your home. Ants are smart and very determined, so you may need to bring in outside help from professionals to control these pests.
Contact professional pest control services at Pestech Pest Solutions today!