How Did I Get an Ant Infestation?
We’ve all discovered an ant problem in our home at one time or another. This discovery can come with a lot of confusion, seeing as ants often seemingly appear out of nowhere. Unbeknownst to many, there are a number of things in your home that could be welcoming ants right inside. With ants being the number one household pest nationwide, including here in the Bay Area, it’s crucial to know how to stop an ant infestation before it starts. The experts at Western Exterminator, formerly Hitmen are here to help you learn how to make your property less attractive to ants in the first place—read on to find out how!
Where Do Ants Hide Inside?
There are certain spots around a property that are more vulnerable to ant infestations than others. The most common ant hotspots are in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and other rooms that have a lot of moisture or food. Once they locate a source of water or food, the ants will leave a pheromone trail for other ants in their colony to follow. This can quickly escalate into a full-blown ant infestation before you know it. A colony can nest inside the walls of your home and quickly make their way throughout your property. Once this has happened, it’s difficult to get rid of the ants on your own.
Prevent an Ant Infestation At Home
If you want to avoid discovering ants in your North or East Bay Area home entirely, it’s important to learn how to make your property less attractive to them in the first place. Just three easy steps can greatly reduce your chances of suddenly getting an ant problem.
- Fix any moisture problems. Especially in your bathrooms, crawl space, or bathrooms, excess moisture from leaky pipes or plumbing issues can attract ants. Always fix leaks and other moisture problems as quickly as possible.
- Clean up crumbs and spills. Ants have a sweet tooth. Crumbs on your floor, even pet food, can be a huge draw for ants. To prevent ants, it’s important to regularly clean up spills and vacuum on a regular basis to deny them access to any of your food.
- Seal up cracks or crevices. Ants will make use of the tiniest cracks or holes to get inside, especially at the base of your foundation. Annually, inspect your home for these tiny openings and consider sealing them with caulk.
You Have an Ant Problem—Now What?
Ants are known to be one of the most frustrating pest problems for one main reason: It’s difficult to completely get rid of an infestation on your own. To quickly get rid of ants and keep them from coming back, the ant exterminators at Western Exterminator, formerly Hitmen can help. Our ant control experts will work to determine where the ants are getting indoors in the first place. From there, we will work to keep ants away for good!