How Are Ants Getting Inside and How to Stop Ants Coming Into Your Home
We’ve all experienced the persistency of ants. Even after cleaning up the source of the ants’ exploration, they continue to appear for days to come. During warmer months, ants regularly venture indoors in search of food. Ants play a critical role in our earth’s soil health but can pose problems once they enter the home.
The subtropical climate and high humidity make Florida an ideal habitat for many species of ants. While ants aren’t the most difficult pests to treat, they’re still pretty persistent and can be rather annoying. Sometimes a DIY solution isn’t enough to get rid of ants.
How are ants getting in my house?
Once ants smell food, finding a way inside is the next step. Gaps in your home’s foundation or brickwork give opportunities for ants to access other areas. Cracks in walls, flooring, doors, and windows also provide a clear entryway in the home.
Dangers of Having Ants in the Home
Any food that ants touch has the potential of being contaminated by bacteria that can cause diseases like Salmonella, E. coli, dysentery, and smallpox. Any bacteria that an ant carries can spread to any food it has touched and spread through open wounds on the body.
Ant bites can also be a concern if you have them in your home. Bites can range from a painful sting to requiring medical attention.
Along with the many health concerns, ants can also destroy wood that’s hidden in your walls. Moist wood is the perfect habitat for ants to create their homes, burrowing through and creating tunnels, weakening the wood.
Getting rid of ants
DIY solutions can help control small colonies but sometimes don’t successfully destroy the colony.
Ant Traps
Ant traps or baits contain a mixture of sweet gel and boric acid or diatomaceous earth that attracts ants but poisons them, eventually killing them.
Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth helps treat pests by attaching to their skin and injuring their exoskeletons. Diatomaceous earth helps to treat a particular path, but its success is limited to that specific area.
Ant Sprays
Ant sprays and other pest products work well as a deterrent, blocking access into the home. Natural solutions using white vinegar, essential oils, lemon juice, and even corn starch have proven to help stop ant trails.
How to prevent ants from coming back?
  • Sealing areas of entry around the home. Doors, windows, and walls can often pose potential issues. Caulking any visible cracks that the insect could pass through will help prevent them from gaining access inside.
  • Washing any unwashed dishes and food unattended. As with other pests, food is a magnet for ants. Be sure to cover any leftover food and empty trash cans regularly.
  • Cleaning spills and water leaks promptly. As with food, ants are also attracted to water, especially if the water is sugary or salty. Any room with excessive moisture can also be an area to check.
  • Trimming back landscaping and shrubs around the home can help prevent ants from getting inside.
While ants can create a threat for your home and family, they’re treatable, thankfully. We’ve been treating homes in Central Florida for over 30 years. We’d love the opportunity to work with you to create a pest control remedy that fits your situation.

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