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How Are Ants Getting Into My House?

 In Ants, Antworks Pest Control Portland, Pest Control Tips

Swarm of ants on tile floorAnt infestations are an unfortunately common occurrence for homeowners. These pests are notorious for venturing into homes in search of food and moisture and will likely return with more nest mates if a source of food is available. They’re likely to invade bathrooms and kitchens as that’s where the availability of food and moisture are highest. It’s crucial to complete routine maintenance and secure your residence. There are many reasons why ants have entered your home and decided to stay, so here are some key things to look out for:

Openings Around Foundation

Ants are intrepid pests willing to search the entire perimeter of your home for an opening. They can fit through tiny spaces, so filling cracks and holes around your home is crucial. Check areas around where wires, conduits, and pipes enter the building to make sure they are properly sealed. It’s also helpful to clear away mulch and plants that may be hiding gaps in the exterior. Trim bushes and tree branches so they don’t come in contact with your residence.

Moisture

Like any other living organism, ants need water to survive. So leaking pipes, bathtubs, sinks, and rotting wood will attract this insect. Infestations around humid places are most common during a drought when water sources become harder for these insects to find. Plus, they’ll most likely stick around if an abundant source of food is accessible. To avoid infestation during the dry months, routine plumbing maintenance is a good idea.

Sitting Food

Ants are willing to settle for just about any food source, no matter the location or expiration date. Coffee cups and plates that are left out, dirty stovetops, sinks, cutting boards, and even trash are areas of major interest. Ants will even feed on used hygiene products and dirty laundry. It’s probably no surprise that you should keep up with the chores around the house to minimize these attractions. That way if an ant does invade your home, it has less of a reason to stay. 

Professional Ant Removal

Protecting your home from the occasional six-legged invaders may be a little time-consuming, but dealing with an actual ant infestation, that usually requires expert help. We use Integrated Pest Management techniques that are truly green and work with one treatment, so you won’t be locked into a long-term contract.

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