If you've used over the counter baits and sprays, and kept your kitchen clean, but you still find that those ants just keep coming back. Then it's probably never crossed your mind that you need to treat outside as well. For every outside colony you take care of by baiting them on the inside, there will be numerous other colonies to take their place at some point, whether it is within days, weeks or even months later. There are some ant species that will be living in your walls that need a specialty bait to get rid of them and spraying for them actually causes the colony to bud into several new colonies making the problem worse.
Here are a few tips to keep ants out of your home.
Areas around the house with excess moisture are known to attract ants, so bathrooms are highly susceptible to an infestation. Carpenter ants, for example, often build nests in damp areas like behind bathroom tiles or under sinks. To prevent an infestation in the bathroom, homeowners should:
Other Common Hideouts:
Ants can easily find a way indoors through even the tiniest cracks, so other areas of the home are also common hideouts:
To keep ants from finding a way inside, homeowners should pest-proof around the outside of the home. Experts recommend sealing any cracks with silicone caulk, repairing holes in window and door screens, replacing weather-stripping, fixing loose mortar around the basement foundation and windows, and keeping tree branches trimmed back and away from the house.
The most effective way to get your ant problem under control is to identify the ant species and know it's feeding and nesting habits.
Ants are attracted to food. It doesn't matter if it's from a spill on the counter, the floor, or even the garbage can. They are going to find a way into your home.
Most often the battle can only be won by contacting your local pest control company. Usually after the first treatment you'll notice a major decrease in the indoor ant population and find that the ongoing program that you signed up for is also taking care of other annoying household pests that were invading your home.