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How to Get Rid of Ants

How to Get Rid of Ants

How to Get Rid of Ants

Posted August 3, 2020

Experts say ants are the most numerous insects in the world. Judging from what we see around our homes and yards, it would be hard to argue. Ants thrive on every continent except Antarctica, but that’s not enough … oh no, they seem to want to move in with you, too, and they’re bringing all their aunts and uncles with them. 

So in the spirit of helping you defend your home against them, we suggest the following to keep your ant infestation at bay until you can call the professionals for help. Obviously, these tips won’t eliminate ants completely, but they are great habits to get into for your future home health.

How Did Ants Get Inside My House? 

You may have seen ant trails in and around your yard. However, many ants are more the “indoorsey” type. An opening that’s no wider than a very small fraction of an inch is all they need to access your home. 

Common entry points include:

  • Weep holes in siding or windows
  • Cracks and gaps around utility or A/C pipes
  • Crevices in foundation or along sill plates
  • Underneath doors and poor weather stripping

Once inside, ants will hide virtually anywhere. In many cases, ant colonies will remain hidden in the wall voids without detection, sometimes for years. They drink condensation that accumulates on pipes and they eat the proteins and sugars in glues used during construction of our homes.

Clean the House

Some people think that the only reason they could have bugs in the house is because the house is dirty. That simply isn’t true. Ants will come in any house or building, even under the cleanest, most sanitary conditions. 

Since ants are looking for food and water sources, cleaning helps drive ants away from various areas of the house. Consider the following:

  • Vacuum or sweep every room regularly
  • Wipe down the kitchen of even the smallest crumbs, especially sugar grains
  • Frequently sanitize areas that commonly have ant activity
  • Consider using boric acid to clean areas of the house where you don’t want ants
    • Boric acid is safe for pets and children but might keep ants away from certain areas of a specific room, such as the kitchen

Remove Food and Water Sources

The biggest reason they invade homes is because ants are looking for food and water. Reducing their access to these life-giving resources will help remove anything that could attract ants.

  • Seal all food in airtight containers, including:
    • Cereal and other sugary or grain-based foods 
    • Raw foods like grains or oats
    • Sugar, including brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, and artificial sweeteners
    • Any sweet-smelling foods
    • Pet food, including birdseed, cat food, dog food, etc.
  • Fix any leakages and clean up standing water
  • Look in all water pipe access locations, including
    • Kitchen sink
    • Bathroom sinks
    • Bathroom toilets
    • Showers and baths

Which Ant Species Invade Homes?

The most common species that cause many types of ant infestations inside or around homes include:

  • Carpenter Ants. These are about 1/4 to 1/2 inch long. Colors are black, red, or both. These cause huge amounts of damage by carving tunnels into damaged wood or even healthy wood.
  • Odorous House Ants. Usually black or brown, these ants give off a terrible stench when squished. 
  • Pharaoh Ants. Brightly colored, usually bright yellow or red, with black markings on the abdomen.
  • Pavement Ants. True to their name, Pavement Ants typically live in rock or pavement. Like most ants, they are between 1/16 to 1/8 inch long and mostly black.
  • Fire Ants. These are commonly found in the Southern United States. They have the ability to sting and are very aggressive. 
  • Harvester Ants. These ants can also sting, and they’re also commonly found in the South.

Why Fox Pest Control?

As mentioned above, modern home construction techniques sometimes include glues that ants will eat, which means your wall voids could be infested with ants right now without you knowing about it.

Home DIY techniques aren’t usually thorough enough to get rid of ants completely. That’s why you’ll need the professionals.

Fox Pest Control has the tools and experience needed to get rid of ants completely. Our customized control services will help you make your home safe and comfortable again. 

In order to be completely effective, our technicians know that any control method has to hit the ants at the source: The Queen. Our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques will get the job done using knowledge of how ants work so that we can use their habits against them.

That way, you don’t have to worry about pests. We want to make your home safe again so that you can focus on what matters most in your life.

Fox Pest Control. 

No Bugs. Simply Better.

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