Ants can be a problem; they reproduce quickly and can be difficult to deal with if you don’t know how they’re getting into your home. An ant infestation needs to be handled properly and quickly to try and limit their numbers before it gets out of hand. Ants like to nest in large colonies, so if you’re experiencing a sheer number of them, then you need to figure out where they’re coming from. Below, we’ll list a few of the more common areas and how to handle it.
Ants have a reputation of being attracted by food, so a kitchen is a logical place for them. Anywhere food is, if left long enough, can attract ants and lure them into the house. Finding an ant infestation in the kitchen isn’t too uncommon, and can be dealt with pretty easily.
Make sure that you’re keeping clean, ants don’t require a lot of food in order to be attracted in. Clean your surfaces and hover often to remove any residue or crumb of food that might be appealing and make sure that you’re not leaving food out in the open where they can get to it. Ants rarely roam by themselves and will bring their nest in if there’s a constant source of food.
As well as food being a source of attraction, ants like places where there’s dampness and moisture and a bathroom fits that description. There are different types of ants that will find different places to call home, such as in cupboards, or in nooks and crannies.
A good way to try and prevent this is by making sure you’re cleaning up your bathroom – dry up any overflown water, ensure there are no dripping facets, and use a good disinfectant. You can also try airing out your bathroom occasionally to try and reduce the dampness and steam build up, especially after a shower.
Rotted Window Frames
As most window frames are made from a type of wood, when they start rotting this provides the perfect environment for ants to live in. They can get into the wood, where it is usually damp thanks to the rotting, and thrive there without being detected.
If you suspect you have an ant infestation in your window frames, it’s important to first get rid of the infestation. You can do this by using a powered pesticide into the wood. Once you’ve dealt with the initial infestation of ants, you can the replace the wood to prevent it from coming back and reoccurring.
Inside walls is another a good place for ants to hide, and can make it difficult for you to get to them to deal with. If you have an ant infestation here, even though it seems difficult and impossible for you to get to them, it isn’t impossible.
You can use ant baits, which work better than pesticides. Pesticides only stop the ants that come into contact with it, whereas baits will be tracked back into the colony which can kill off all the other ants that are in there, and the queen, to prevent more ants.
Utilizing a professional extermination company is the ultimate option that will allow you to remove this ant infestation permanently from your home.