If you’re like millions of homeowners, you’ve about had it with ants! They seem to be everywhere! But the question remains, where are all of these ants coming from? How are they getting inside?
Understanding how ants find their way inside is often the first step in treating an Ant Infestation in Pensacola, so let’s learn the different ways they can get inside a home.
Most homes aren’t fully sealed, meaning there is some air exchange that usually takes place along the seams of walls and windows as well as doors and vents! There are big enough gaps for ants (and other pests) to get inside of your home. Look for the seams where a wall transitions to a ceiling or floor. You can also check areas where holes have been created in a wall for a window, vent or pipe.
Cracks can also invite ants inside your home. Some building materials such as plaster can develop structural splits that create an easy way for these pests to enter.
We know that ants are constantly searching for crumbs and other treats. What you may not know is that ants can travel inside of the floor, too! They may have even established routes underneath carpets, hardwood flooring and tile. Finding their entry point into a room can be especially difficult if they are coming from under the surface of a floor. Subflooring may also be used by ants as they move through the house. Subflooring is usually made up of pieces of plywood that are pieced together and that creates plenty of space for a tiny ant to investigate!
Just like we do, some ants find that the best way to enter a home is directly through the doorway. Doors that have weak seals are ideal for ants to gain access into your home. Check your door seal along the bottom of the threshold, the sides and the top of the door. A door sweep may also help deter any invaders.
Another thing to consider is doors that see little to no activity. Seals can deteriorate or crack, allowing easy access for ants and other pests.
While we enjoy when sunlight beams through the windows, they may also be giving ants free access inside. Open windows and screens with holes are an obvious access for ants to move through. Beyond the window itself, the window frame may have gaps between it and the wall that allows entry.
Window frames can also collect moisture and begin to rot, making these areas especially prone to several species of ants and other pests such as termites.
If you have power, phone, cable and water at your house, there are lots of tiny holes in your house! Gaps where these lines connect to your home can be used by any small pest to get inside. Call us and we will inspect your home for ant activity. (850) 492-9225
Ants can end up inside a house by accident, too! Plants that are moved inside for the winter can be a source of an ant invasion. Bringing in toys or furniture left in the yard over the summer can also host an ant colony and then be carried inside.
Some ants have been in your house as long as you’ve been there. In fact, they may have been born there! There are some ant species that build nests inside of homes using wall spaces or rotting wood to make a nest. It is very possible that you could have several generations of ants joining you as roommates!
Though ants have numerous opportunities to get inside your home, you have tools to use against these invaders. With a little work and help from Extreme Termite and Pest Control, you can stop these pests from coming inside!
So you’ve learned the ways ants can infest your home; Now here are 4 Ways to Identify an Ant Infestation.