With the warm springtime weather rolling in and with summer almost here, this is the time of year when we catch pests, insects, and all sorts of critters trying to invade our homes. One of the most common invasive insect species that many people deal with during this time of year are ants.
Today, we are going to give you an overview of why ants get into your home, how they usually get in, and some simple ways that you can prevent ants from invading your home.
Why Ants Invade Your Home
One thing that we can all confirm about ants is that they love sweets. This is why kitchens tend to be the primary point of your home that ants like to invade. With that, ants are always on the move, searching for food and water. Since our kitchen is the most common area that they can find both, they’ll do anything they can to weasel their way into our kitchens.
How Ants Get Into Your Home
Since ants are so small, they can fit through the tiniest cracks and crevices on the outside of your home. This can include:
- Openings or leaks around or in a door.
- Windows and openings around them.
- Soil, dirt, or mulch that is close or in contact with your home.
Ants can sneak through and embed themselves just about anywhere they have an opening to. With the average ant’s heightened sense for where food and water are, it can seem impossible to keep them out of your home.
How to Keep Ants From Getting In Your Home
Thankfully, there are a few preventative steps that you can take in and around your home to keep ants from invading. Make sure that you clean food and drink spills up quickly, immediately after they happen. Keep ripe fruit in your refrigerator so ants aren’t drawn to them. Make sure that you are taking out your trash regularly, so ants aren’t drawn to the food debris in your garbage. If you have pets, make sure you keep their food and water bowls clean.
Clean up any spills they have around them. Also, be sure that dirt and mulch are pushed away so they aren’t in direct contact with your home. This can serve as a bridge for ants to come inside. With that, make sure you are checking the potted plants you have indoors frequently. Insects and ants like to embed themselves in them.
If you believe that you have an ant problem, contact our pest control experts at Alvin Pest Control today.