How to Prevent Ants From Invading Your Home in the Summer

Do you see ants inside your home during the months of summer? Do you ever wonder what you can do to prevent them from getting inside your home? Sometimes you can find the trail leading back to their home base, or what we call their nest. Other times, you may find a few random ants on your kitchen counter or upstairs bathroom. Anthem wants to help you prevent and rid your home of ants. Below is why you see ants in your home and easy ways you should be able to help yourself in minimizing your ant infestation.

Why Do You See Ants in Your Home

If ants discover a food source in your home, this may cause them to continue using that food source and make recurring visits inside your home.


There are a few ant species that enter your home and can end up building their nest and become permanent residents inside your home. The ones Anthem can frequently see that make a permanent resident in your home are acrobat ants, carpenter ants, pavement ants, odorous house ants, thief ants, and pharaoh ants. Ants can also be found near moisture, wall voids, behind window frames, under appliances, and underneath floors. Ants can always be a challenge to rid of in your home.

Dangers of Having an Ant Infestation

Ants can be carriers and transmit bacterial and fungal organisms that are serious disease pathogens. Even though ant bites are rarely as serious, they can cause more symptoms and illnesses with allergic reactions, especially if people are hypersensitive to ant venom. Ants can transmit food-borne disease organisms by contaminating food with disease organisms, such as Shigella, E. coli, and Salmonella.


Prevent Ants From Coming onto Your Property

Most homeowners agree that ant control is one of their most common concerns. This is due to ants being a constant and frequent issue they can encounter. Prevention may often depend on the ant species and their location on your property.

Inside the home

  • Remove any food particles in the kitchen and common eating areas.

  • Keep floors and cabinet tops clean.

  • Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight.

  • Keep foods that ants are attracted to sealed containers or inside the refrigerator.

  • Don’t forget to inspect the areas where you eat while watching television since most of us like to snack while watching the show.

  • Clean the dishwasher and other appliances regularly.

Around the outside of the home

  • When you grill and eat outdoors, clean the grill and remove any food residue from the tables, deck, or patio.

  • Seal locations where wires, conduits, or pipes enter the house.

  • Keep tree limbs pruned so they never overlap or touch the house because ants can use branches to come into the home.

  • Move mulch and landscape timbers at least 1-2 feet from the foundation.

  • Routinely inspect under splash blocks near the foundation.

  • Remove clogged gutters, leaky outdoor fixtures.


On your property

  • Secure garbage cans, gardens, wood piles, pet food or animal feed, compost piles, and outdoor eating areas.

  • Remove and minimize moisture. Ants need moisture to survive. Fix water leaks. Make sure gutters direct any rain away from your home.

  • Don’t leave things near your home that may provide the protection and moisture the ant colony requires to prosper.

  • Remove rock piles or boards and do not allow anything that keeps soil moist to accumulate under the deck.


Treatment

Similar to most pest issues, using a pest control program works best. It can be difficult for most people to take the time, energy, or patience to rid ants from their homes. An easy and sure way to rid yourself of ants and other pest infestations in your home is to create an Anthem Pest Control program that caters to you and your home needs. Contact us today, and we will be able to answer any questions and respond to pest problems you may have. Schedule your home for a service visit.