Clearly, it’s easier to just make sure ants don’t invade your house in the first place. But what causes ants to come into your home? Here are three of the most common reasons.
1. There’s a food supply in your house.
Ants are always looking for new food sources to support their colonies. If ant scouts find food in your house, you can be sure they’ll remember and come back for more (accompanied by plenty of friends). Thus, one of the easiest ways you can prevent an ant invasion is to make sure they can’t find anything tasty to carry back to their nest.
Different varieties of ants prefer different types of food – most will eat sweet or starchy foods, but some ants also eat meat and fatty foods. To be safe, it’s best to make sure all your foods are sealed up and inaccessible to ants. Here are some pointers for doing just that:
- Keep your floors and counters clean. Sweep, vacuum, or wipe them down every day to remove all crumbs and food residue.
- Don’t leave food sitting out on the counter. If you do, make sure it’s in a sealed container. For instance, keep butter in a dish with a lid.
- Check the food containers in your pantries to make sure they’re tightly closed.
2. Ants have built a nest somewhere in your house.
If parts of your house’s structure are unsound, ants can get in and build a nest. Rotting wood is an especially big target for an ant infestation. Keep your house as dry as you can, and if you know you have structural problems like rotting wooden siding or fixtures, get them fixed ASAP.
If you think you may already have an ant nest somewhere in your house, the problem may be too big to fix yourself. You may need a chemical solution to get rid of the pests. For advice that fits your situation, get in touch with an exterminator.
3. It’s too easy for ants to get in.
Do you have wide cracks under your doors? Do your windows not shut all the way? If there’s an easy point of entry into your house, ants will probably find it. You can prevent this from happening by inspecting your house every year and making sure there are no cracks, crevices, or seams where ants could easily get in.
Ants are a common household pest, and many people end up dealing with them at some point. It’s usually not too hard to get rid of them, but, of course, it’s best to prevent them from coming inside, to begin with. Keep these tips in mind, and you may be able to avoid having unwelcome visitors in your house this year.