Ants are tiny pests that have an uncanny ability to find their way into houses. You may find a line of ants marching toward your kitchen with no idea how they made it into your home. Once ants are inside and have found a food supply it can be difficult to keep them out. If you have an ant infestation in your home, there are a few steps you can take to get them out and prevent them from returning.
Try and pinpoint what is drawing ants inside
Ants can be drawn into your house by small spills, crumbs, food scraps that are left out, an overflowing trashcan, or improperly stored food in your pantry. You need to deal with the issue that is drawing them inside as part of the process of getting and keeping them out. It is usually simple to follow the line of ants to the thing that is attracting them to your house. If you are able to discover what is drawing the ants inside the next step is to deal with the issue. Spills and crumbs need to be cleaned up. Food scraps need to be thrown away quickly and trashcans need to be emptied regularly. If the ants are getting into your pantry, clean it out thoroughly and come up with a better solution for storing food that does not draw ants inside.
Address any breaches to the exterior of your home
Ants are small but they cannot walk through your walls to get inside your house. There has to be some type of breach to allow them in. You can follow the trail of ants and discover where they are entering. Oftentimes it will be around a doorway with weather stripping or caulk that has started to fail. Take some time to make the necessary repairs to your home so it is more difficult for ants to get inside in the future.
Bring in a pest control professional
At any stage of the process, you can bring in a pest control professional to help you with your ant infestation. A pest pro can help you determine what is drawing the ants inside and identify where they are getting in. In addition, a top-notch pest professional can provide you with treatment options that will eradicate the ants from your home. Successfully eliminating ants from your home is a process that requires knowledge, training, and tools that are available from a pest control professional.
If you need help dealing with the ant infestation in your home, get in touch with the pros at Nixtermite. We can help you eliminate a current ant infestation and protect against other infestations in the future. You can get the process started by scheduling a pest inspection for your home through the Nixtermite website.