Ants are the most common nuisance pest in the United States and also one of the most difficult to control. Like bed bugs, ants are hard to eliminate because they have such large numbers in their colonies. Depending on the species of ant, they can be a problem seasonally or year-round. Regardless of the species, ants will come into your home in search of three things: food, water, and shelter. Ants are most commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms, although they can be found in other rooms, as well. No matter what season of the year it is or what type of ant you see, it is important to find out where ants come from and get them under control. Here are some tips to help implement a successful ant control program in your home:
- Identification. Identifying the species of ant you are dealing with is the most important step in treatment. Different species require different treatments.
- Food. The main reason ants come indoors is in search of food. Clean up crumbs and spills immediately. Empty trash frequently. Clean appliances regularly. Keep food and pet food stored in sealed containers. Get rid of overripe fruit as it will attract ants.
- Moisture. Ants require moisture to survive. Repair leaky pipes and leaks in the roof. Clean out gutters and direct downspouts away from foundations. Consider installing gutter guards to help eliminate clogs.
- Entry Points. Ants can’t get into your home unless they have a way in. Inspect your home’s exterior and seal gaps, cracks, and holes. Keep tree limbs cut back so they aren’t touching your home. Keep firewood and other debris away from your home. Repair or replace window and door screens and weatherstripping.
If you suspect you have an ant problem, contact a professional pest control company who can provide you with a thorough inspection, help identify the type of ant you are dealing with, find where they are getting in your house, and set you up with a comprehensive treatment plan to help control and eliminate them.