Top tips on how to avoid an ant infestation.
How do ants get into my house?
With the warmer weather coming ants always seem to find a way into your home.. These pesky pests can get into your space through cracks in walls, gaps in the foundation, through spaces underneath your flooring, and more. Sometimes, ants simply crawl into your home through windows and doors in search of food and water.
What do ants eat and why do they enter my home?
Ants are attracted to any type of food source. Whenever there's a sudden ant infestation, the most likely cause of it is that there's food somewhere in your house for them. ants are opportunistic feeders; they'll eat just about anything. But they usually prefer sweets but they easily adapt to the environment and will eat what they can to remain alive. Initially just a few scouts will leave the nest on this errand, this is what often the starting point of them coming into your home. Ants can breed very quickly meaning a small infestation can quickly become a big one.
Do ant bites hurt?
Ordinarily not however, Some people are allergic to ant bites and, in extreme cases, could go into anaphylactic shock.
How can I stop ants from getting in my home?
Cover all food to prevent it from attracting ants into your house. Its essential to store food (for both people and pets) in sealed, air-tight containers. Restricting access to food sources means that ants won’t be able to gain access.
Keep bins as far from your windows and doors as possible.
Don’t allow moisture to accommodate on counters and other surfaces, as ants keep looking for water out wherever they can find it and stay near its sources.
Sweep & Vacuum Regularly: Keeping a swept floor can make a major difference as it eliminates stray food crumbs that may go unnoticed. Keeping your floors clean in areas where food is consumed is essential in preventing those scout ants from finding a food source.
Seal Off Cracks & Entrances to Your Home, Sealing cracks around windows and doors and the foundation of your home with caulking can eliminate many of the obvious entrances for ants to use. These sealants will degrade over time and with exposure to the elements, so it’s best to keep an eye on them and reapply as needed.