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How Are All These Ants Getting In My House?

October 1, 2020

If you are like millions of other homeowners, you probably wonder how all the ants are getting into your home. They are scouring the pantry, drinking from the drips in the sinks, and feasting on crumbs left behind after snacks and meals. 

Ants are definitely a problem in our region. The question remains: how are they getting into the house to begin with, and is there anything that can be done to prevent them from invading in the first place? 

Let’s take a closer look at the entry points that ants could use to gain access to your home and become an utter nuisance in the process. 

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Gaps in the Foundation 

Depending on your home’s type of foundation, you may be getting ants through the gaps in the stones, bricks, or slab. This is a primary entry point for most ants as they tend to stay close to the ground and seek out food and water near the perimeter of structures. 

Make sure your foundation is well sealed and has no visible cracks or openings. Have an expert examine the brickwork to ensure a full seal and, in the process, eliminate at least one entry point for pests of all sorts. 

Doors and Windows

Ants are exceptional climbers and can invade your home through openings in doors and windows. Every year, homeowners should check the seal on windows and replace the door sweep to make sure that this is not a place where ants can access the home. 

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Utility Openings 

Every home has numerous utility openings, including the gas, electrical, and dryer openings. Use mesh covering for these openings and do what you can to limit the means in ingress and egress from these openings. Be sure to still allow gases and air to escape while deterring ants from entering. 

Inside the Floors 

Sure, we always see ants crawling on the floors, but did you know that ants use the interior parts of the subfloor as their highway to other areas or the home and nesting locations? Once they are in your home, you will need to call a pest exterminator to rid them from the interior floors and walls where they could set up shop and stay for a good long while. 

Do you have ants in your home? Do they show up every spring and fall? It may be time to call Pest-End Exterminators to develop a strategy for elimination and exclusion from your home. No one wants ants invading the kitchen where food is most prevalent. Call our specialists today to find out how we can help. 

 

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