Many people believe that ants are practically a household feature. They think that no matter where they choose to settle down, there is going to be thousands of ants who have already had the same idea. However, while ants may always want to get inside your place of residence, they are not a permanent fixture, and there are many ways to make your house as inhospitable to them as possible.
Clean Up Any Open Water Sources in Your House
Like all living things, ants need water to survive. Although most houses and apartments have a multitude of water-based appliances, from sinks to washing machines to toilets, as long as you dry up any puddles which build up in bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens, ants will have a difficult time finding the water they need to live. Try using disinfectant as well to help remove the drinkable moisture. Also, if you have a basement or any place with high humidity, use a dehumidifier to keep those areas dry.
Store Loose Food Safely
Ants are small, which means even the tiniest crumbs provide them with the sustenance they require. Therefore, cleaning up any spills or smears you see around the house is critical for keeping ants away. An ant’s main source of food when living in homes comes from whatever food is brought inside by its residents. Ants are also capable of smelling foods like grease and sugar, so even if there isn’t any visible food lying around, if you aren’t using degreasers and disinfectants on floors, counters and sinks, you may be inadvertently inviting ants in for a snack. Finally, make sure that all your dry goods are sealed tightly and that you are not leaving food out in the trash cans for too long as this will lead ants straight to your doors.
Keep Any Entry Points Sealed
Lastly, even if you rid your house of all standing food and water, what may end up being your undoing is a simple opening or crack in your home where some directionless ants may wander inside and form a colony. Therefore, to truly fortify your house, make sure that ants don’t have any way to get inside even if they wanted to. Seal your windows and doors with weather stripping, caulk all cracks in your walls and floorboards and make sure your garage door is airtight when you close it. Then your house will be a fortress.
Nobody likes ants, but with a little ingenuity, you can make sure you don’t have to live with them. For more information or to look into quality pest control services, contact us today.