Ants are able to find their way into homes through a variety of means. Some common entry points include cracks in the foundation or walls, gaps around windows and doors, and openings for utilities such as electrical and plumbing lines. Ants can also enter through vents or through holes made by other pests. Once inside, they are able to travel through the walls and ceilings, seeking out food and water sources.
To prevent ants from getting into your house, you can take the following steps:
Seal any cracks or gaps in the foundation, walls, and around windows and doors. Use silicone caulk or expanding foam to fill any openings.
Keep food and crumbs cleaned up and store food in airtight containers.
Keep the house and surrounding area clean, including inside and outside of the house.
Remove sources of water, such as leaks and standing water, as well as sources of food.
Use bait stations or bait gels in the areas where ants are seen. These are effective in killing the colony and reducing the number of ants entering the house.
Use natural repellents such as peppermint oil, cinnamon, and citrus.
Consider calling a professional pest control company to perform an inspection and identify the specific type of ant and recommend the best treatment options.
It’s important to keep in mind that ants are attracted to different things and their behavior can vary depending on the species. For example, some ants like the sweet and greasy foods, while others may be attracted to protein. Therefore, identifying the type of ants and their food preference is important. Furthermore, keeping the house clean and removing food and water sources is a proactive measure to minimize the chances of ant infestations.