Ways to Keep Ants Out and Away From Your Home
Did you know that there are more than 700 species of ants in the United States? Not all of them are going to invade your house, but some of them are certainly willing to, and learning ways to keep ants out is the best way to ensure your home is pest-free.
Start with Understanding
Ant prevention begins with understanding ant behavior. It’s important to understand that grabbing a spray can off the shelf at a hardware store that promises to eliminate ants isn’t actually going to do anything for you. Sound strange? There’s a reason for that. In the world of ants, the queen is the one with all the power. She lays all of the eggs to ensure you see plenty of ants in your home, but she never leaves the nest. The workers (those are the ants you see crawling across your kitchen counter) gather food to feed her, and she continues to reproduce. Keep spraying as much as you want. The reality is, you have to find the colony to actually solve the problem. One way to do that is to watch those ants that enter your home. Where are they going? What’s attracting them? When they leave, where are they headed? One ant headed into your home leaves a chemical trail for other ants to follow, so knowing where they’re coming from can be a huge help in eliminating them completely.
Ant Control Methods You Can Use Now
There are many different things you can do to control ants in your home. The first step should be keeping things clean. If there are any food crumbs in your kitchen, under your dining room table, or even around your couch, you could be unknowingly attracting ants. Be sure to sweep them up regularly, wipe up any spills as soon as they happen, and take out the garbage often. Keeping a lid on your trash can may help too, as may doing the dishes as soon as possible.
Controlling your pet food may also help you deter ants around your home. If you tend to leave pet food out all day, it can serve as an attraction to pests like ants and many others. Instead, feed your pet only when he or she is hungry, and ensure all the pet food is gone when Fido is done eating. That will help keep smaller creatures from invading just to get to your pet food.
Sealing potential entry points may also help you keep ants at bay. Typically, what you want to do is complete a thorough inspection of your property to see if there are any gaps in the siding or holes that ants may use as an entrance. Gaps in screens or doors may also serve as an entry point. Caulk and seal any holes you find.
Finally, you may want to ant-proof your yard, as well, to make certain they don’t come back. Keep your bushes, shrubs, and trees trimmed so they don’t brush against the roof or the siding of your home. You’ll also want to create a clearance space between the soil and the foundation to help make sure ants don’t nest in your siding.
If you have firewood, be sure you don’t keep it next to the house. It should be at least five feet from your home. You’ll also want to store it about eighteen inches from the ground to keep the ants and other pests off of it. Maintaining a healthy yard can also help you get rid of ants. Mow on a regular basis and keep an eye out for any ant hills you see while you’re mowing. If they’re in your yard, they could be in your home pretty quickly, so pay attention every time you go outside. Make sure you bag your grass when you mow, too, to avoid creating a surprise ant habitat.
If you need help with ant pest control or any other pest control problem, contact Ransford today. Our experts will help you eliminate ant problems or any other pest control problem you may have.