Locating Ants Entry Points Into Your Home
Your first reaction after noticing ants in your home can be annoyance or disgust. Also, you can be a bit confused, wondering how these tiny insects found their way inside your home. What you should know is, ants are normally determined when they want to gain access to anything in your home, so long as there’s something attracting them, like moisture or food. Ants can use almost the smallest opening to gain access to your home. Here at All Seasons Pest control, we shall explain to you 4 different ways that ants use to access your home.
Seams in the Walls
For proper ventilation, home constructors normally ensure that here is air exchange between the outside and inside of your home. That’s the reason why they opt to leave small gaps, mostly alongside the seams, as well as other parts of the walls. The thing is, these small gaps are enough to allow ants to crawl through.
Mostly, these seams are in the areas where the wall meets the ceiling, floor, or at the corner where the wall meets another wall. Also, seams can be created when an opening is made at the wall to install doors, windows, vents, outlets, as well as other features. Besides, utility lines, like water, cable, natural gas, and electricity lines do also create entry points for ants. Moreover, if your house was constructed using older building materials such as plaster, cracks can start to develop over time. These cracks can become big, and start providing openings that ants can use to access your home. Therefore it is important to make sure that these clacks and opening are sealed to prevent ants from gaining access to your home.
These are common places for ants to congregate since their frames can rot, particularly if they are made from wood and moisture normally collects on the window sill. These conditions can attract ants, thus providing an entryway to your home, particularly when the windows are open. Also, as we had mentioned earlier, the seams around your window, where it meets the wall can be large enough for ants to enter your home. If you realize that ants are gaining access to your home through the window, you can consider using caulk to seal these gaps.
The seam problems that we have highlighted above also affect doors. It’s important to inspect the seal under the door to check if the gap there is big enough to let ants crawl through. Also, ants can crawl through at the top or the sides of your door. Using a door sweep on the bottom of your door can assist in preventing ants from crawling into your home, and also assist you in saving heating costs. You should always examine the door that you don’t use regularly as they can depreciate, thus developing cracks that you may not be able to notice. Eventually, these cracks can allow ants to crawl into your home. However, you can repair these cracks to prevent ants from crawling into your home.
Gaps in the Foundation
Tiny spaces in the foundation of your home can allow ants to invade your home from beneath the house. Also, if your foundation isn’t made from concrete blocks, ants can also burrow in, and then break through small spaces to get into your home. When they get inside your home, the ants can travel below the floor, and this makes it hard to locate their entry point. The subflooring in your home provides the space needed by the ants to move around your home undetected. You can seal the cracks and gaps in the foundation to eliminate these entry points and keep the ants away from your home.
Preventing Ants from Getting Into Your Home
Even though it is possible to minimize the possibility of ants getting into your home, it’s virtually impossible to close every potential entry point into your home. In case you notice ants crawling around windows, door, or close to your home’s foundation, contact All Season Pest Control today. Our team of trained and experienced professionals will assist in eliminating these pests, and also keeping your home safe and free from these annoying insects. For more information, consider contacting us through (910) 226-2601.