Knowing where your ant problem is coming from is key to getting rid of the infestation. Ants can get into your home through cracks in walls, gaps in foundation, under your flooring, and more. Sometimes, they simply crawl into your home through windows and doors in search of food and water.
As a homeowner, it might seem like ant infestations are inevitable. Every spring, tons of these pesky pests make their way into your space. They crawl across countertops, in between cracks in your bathroom, underneath the trash... and everywhere else. But where are these ants even coming from?
How are ants getting into my house?
The first step in keeping ants out of your space is finding the root of the problem. Some ways that ants make their way into your home include:
Through cracks in walls
In most homes, there are gaps large enough for ants to crawl through around your windows, doors, and vents. Look for these cracks where the wall meets the floor and ceiling, around window and door frames, and near outlets, pipes, and electrical lines.
Through gaps in the foundation
Ants can easily squeeze through any gaps in your home’s foundation.
Through your flooring
Sometimes, ants travel inside your flooring. They can establish routes underneath carpet, tile, and hardwood floors.
Through doors and windows
Do you ever leave your windows open to get a little fresh air in the house? Do you ever leave your doors open while you’re running in and out on a nice day? This gives ants the perfect opportunity to sneak into your home. Plus, window frames often collect moisture and rot over time—this rot can provide a home for several types of ants.
They are accidentally carried inside
There’s a chance that you accidentally brought ants inside with you. Ants can hitch rides on houseplants, toys, used furniture, and storage tubs, for example.
How do I get rid of ants in my house?
Believe it or not, it is possible to rid your home of an ant infestation. But it’s important to act quickly. Here’s what you should do if these pests invade your space:
● Follow the trail. Your first response to seeing ants in your home may be to sweep them up right away. Before you do this, however, see what it is that’s attracting the ants. Clean up whatever’s drawing them into your home. It’s possible that this is enough to make the ants leave.
● Spray infested areas. Spray anywhere that you’ve seen ants with one-part vinegar and three parts water.
● Spray entrance points. Ants hate peppermint and lavender. So, combine the two oils and spray the mixture on entry points like windowsills and door frames.
How do I prevent ants from coming back?
Once you’ve done all the hard to work to get rid of your ant infestation, make sure you’re taking precautionary measures to keep them out! You don’t want those pesky pests coming back to wreak havoc in your home. Keep ants out by following these tips:
● Clean up food spills right away
● Store fruit in airtight containers
● Regularly clean out your trash cans
● If you have pets, clean keep up any spills around the food bowls regularly
● Ants love to nest under mulch--Use stone or rock around your house instead
● Fix leaking water pipes right when they happen
● Seal cracks and crevices around your house with caulk
If you’ve tried our tips and tricks from above and you can’t seem to get control of your ant infestation, get in touch with the professionals. The expert team at Plunkett’s can rid your space of pesky pests and take measures to keep them out!