Arriving home from a long day of work to find your house overrun by ants is straight out of a nightmare. Swarms of ants inside and outside your home are a sure sign that there is unwanted pest activity. If you see the signs, check around your home for these common culprits. Removing the cause can help you rid your home of these unwanted visitors before they evict your from your own home.
Plants Within Proximity
Bushes, plants, flowers and other forms of growth in or around your home are an invitation for unwanted houseguests. Plants serve as a link for the ants to move from their tunnels and easily reach your residence. These plants also provide shade and cool spots, an ant’s favorite hang out. To prevent this, keep plants well-manicured and away from your home at all times.
Waste From Kitchens
Kitchen scraps and other food waste is another invitation for ants to join you for dinner. They love food droppings and will seek out any sources they can find. When cleaning the kitchen, it is important to be sure you wipe down all surfaces and sweep the floor from any remaining crumbs. One tiny crumb can feed an entire ant colony, and once they know where to find it they will be back for more.
Another common culprit of ant infestations is pet food. Many pet owners place pet food out and leave the pet to consume freely. However, this can lead to a primary food source for the ants. Instead, feed your pet at specific meal times during the day. They will be more likely to eat the food in a shorter period of time and when they are finished you can clean up their area, getting rid of the smell of the spilled pet food. By reducing the crumbs and the smell, you will remove the ant’s food source, sending them elsewhere for nourishment.
If you experience an increase of ant activity in or around your home, do not panic. Simply call A-One Exterminators. Our highly experienced professionals are always fully ready to take care of all forms of ant infestations in your home.