Did you know? Scientists predict that for every human on earth, there are over 1 million ants.
We talk to a lot of people who seem to think most of these ants are hanging out in their homes! Luckily, with a little bit of preparation, you won’t have to worry about these little pests bugging you. If you’re seeing ant activity, this post has what you need to deal with them.
In Kansas and Missouri, ants are most active during the warmer seasons, specifically spring and summer. Most people will have started seeing an increase in ant activity as the weather turns more consistently warm and dry.
What Attracts Ants into Your Home?
As the weather conditions turn warmer toward the summer months, ants are on the lookout for food and water. If you see ant activity in your home, they have likely found a source of food or water indoors.
Ants can commonly be seen in places where food and water are more easily accessible, such as kitchen/dining room areas and bathroom areas. They have a knack for finding even the smallest amounts of food in any room in your house.
How to Prevent Ant Activity
If you see an ant trail in your home, don’t panic! These pests are very preventable.
Cover up any exterior holes or gaps in your home. Ants can infiltrate even the smallest of entrances around your property. Additionally, preventing access to food in your home by keeping items in sealed containers is a great way to prevent ant trails.
Trim tree limbs away from your home. Ants often form trails using tree limbs that come into contact with exterior walls or roofing. Making sure none of these branches come into contact with your home can be a great way to limit trails.
Eliminate pheromone trails. When one ant finds a food source, it produces a very small pheromonic trail for other ants to follow. When other ants catch wind of the pheromone trail, they follow it until the food source is gone. One effective way to prevent trails is to wipe ant walkways down with vinegar or bleach to eliminate pheromonic pathways for ants to follow.
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Ant prevention can be tricky. If you have any questions about preventing ants in your home, contact us at [email protected]. We would be happy to provide treatment for ants and any other pests that are bugging you! Check our our pest protection plans here.
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