If you don’t know what the root of a problem is, it can make it quite difficult to solve. We are often asked why ants come into people’s houses, and what exactly do they want from our homes. This is a very good question in fact, because knowing what is attracting ants in the house is often enough to tackle and totally eliminate them from the property, and to stop them wandering through your house.
An infestation of ants can last for a short period of time, or all season long. Certain species of ants become a nuisance by firstly building nests outdoors, and then going ahead and sending scouts to forage for food and water inside your home. As soon as they discover a stable source of food, the rest of the colony will pay a visit, then keep coming back, gathering and collecting their supplies from your kitchen, and then conveying the food back to the colony in the nest outdoors.
However, there are other common species of ants such as carpenter ants, who build their nests inside the property from the start. These kinds of ants invade the interior of a building, develop their colony inside, and become permanent indoor residents.
Food, water and shelter are the basic things that ants are in search of, just like any other living organism on the planet. And modern homes are a prime source of all three.
Kitchens provide food, while bathrooms and leaky plumbing supply adequate water. Ants are attracted to excess moisture, and this means the susceptibility of the bathroom to infestation is on the high side. Shelter can be found in wall cavities, and at the corners of cupboards and in other dark hiding places. Ants are after comfort in a house, which is why they are so attracted to structural cracks and crevices.
It is much easier to get rid of these tiny little blank insects marching around your home if you can annihilate the sources of their basic needs. Keep food, particularly sweet or sugary or oily things, sealed in air tight containers, and keep counters, floors and kitchen cupboards spotlessly clean. This includes the kitchen bin. Keep bathrooms damp free, and fix any dripping taps or pipes. Lastly, block up any cracks or holes, both inside and on exterior walls, that ant can use to sneak inside or into wall voids.
You shouldn’t be too surprised they like to take up residence in your home…the bottom line is that ants are attracted to human dwellings because they like to feed on the same things we eat. But as soon as you spot the signs of an infestation coming from outdoors or ants building nests inside, you need to take action. There are plenty of home remedies that help to eliminate or deter ants from making themselves at home. Sometimes, however, the infestation can get out of hand to the extent that you need professional pest control for ants, which is where we come in, and will be happy to help.