A few easy tips for how to keep ants out of your home
June 27th, 2016 by Mike MacDonald in Ants
Most people don’t like ants in their home, so with summer being a prime time for ant activity, here are a few tips on how to keep ants out of your home.
The first and most effective way to keep ants out of your home is exclusion
The best thing you can do to keep ants out of your home is by sealing off all of the entry points into your home. The most common points are windows and doors. Proper sealing with caulk where there are cracks around your home is an effective way to keep those ant entry ways blocked.
Another interesting way to keep ants out of your home you might not have thought of is to put a strip of tape by windows or even doors. Double sided tape works best for this. It’s a little less sophisticated than a glue trap but it can still be effective. Basically if ants get through your closed window they will at least get stuck walking over the tape as they try and get into your home. The pros at Rove Pest Control can also help you find entry points around your home to improve your resistance to pest activity.
Leave out salt around entry points
There are different pesticides you can use around entry points as well to keep ants out of your home if you can’t seem to seal them properly. Another unique way you can eliminate some ants is with salt. Removing moisture in ants is one way to kill them and by placing salt around it can be a way to do this. Some ants may also bring these salt granules back to the colony which can help dry that out as well.
This strategy is still just putting a band-aid over the actual problem of the ant colonies around your home, but it can help keep them out. Your best option is to eliminate the colony around your home and most often you will need the help of a pest control service to do that.
How to keep ants out of your home – Kill the scouts
You might not know that ants typically send out scouts first to search the area for food sources. If you happen to see a single ant out on it’s own or a few by themselves wandering around you should kill these as quickly as you can. If you don’t eliminate these scouts they will send out pheromones and alert the other ants in their colony to come to the food or water source found.
When the ants make it back to the colony they re-enforce the path to the food source with more pheromones and it will make it even easier for more ants to find a way into your home. So eliminate any you see as fast as you can to prevent this from happening. If it is too late to do this and there are already a steady stream of ants in your home it’s best to contact a pest control service for assistance in removal.
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