Why Do I Have Ants In My House?

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Dealing with an Ant Infestation? Find Out Why You Have Ants and How to Get Rid of Them

Here in South Carolina, ants can be a year-round problem. But particularly as the weather warms up in the spring and summer months, it’s not uncommon for homeowners to find themselves dealing with an ant infestation.

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If you’ve recently discovered a line of ants marching across your floor, along a windowsill, or to and from a box of cereal in your pantry, you might be wondering: “why do I have ants in my house?” And just as importantly: “how can I get rid of ants?”

Many South Carolina homeowners assume that by keeping their home and kitchen clean, they won’t have to worry about an ant infestation. But the reality is that you may end up with ants despite your best efforts to keep your home neat and tidy. Below, we’ll take a look at what can cause ants to invade your home, as well as how to prevent an ant infestation.


Why Do I Have Ants In My Home?

There are a lot of variables at play that can result in a pest infestation. But when it comes to ants, there are three main things to consider: ants are looking for food, water, and shelter, all of which may be readily available in your home.


Ants are looking for food

Problem: Like all insects, ants need a source of food. Many of the ant species we have here in South Carolina are attracted to the kinds of sweet, sugary, and starchy foods that are commonly found in kitchen pantries. If these foods are left in containers that aren’t fully sealed -- or which can easily be chewed through, such as paper sacks of sugar or plastic bags of cereal -- they can easily attract ants into your home.

Prevention: Eliminating potential food sources for ants will go a long way towards ant prevention. Keeping your kitchen clean is important, but even a spotless kitchen can attract ants if pantry foods aren’t properly stored. Be sure to store dry goods in tightly sealed plastic containers. Don’t forget about pet food, too, as a dish of uneaten dog or cat food left out on the floor can be a prime ant attractant.


Ants are looking for a source of water

Problem: It’s not just food that ants need: they’re also looking for readily available sources of water. This means that any standing sources of water in or around your home will attract ants, making it easier for them to take up residence.

Prevention: Check around the outside of your home for standing water, paying particular attention to your gutters, flower pots, buckets, and other containers. Repair any leaky pipes or faucets, and check your basement for excess humidity. Consider installing a dehumidifier if needed.


Ants are looking for shelter

Problem: Ants need shelter in order to reproduce, and your home is the perfect place for them to set up shop. Given how small they are, ants can gain access to your home through the tiniest of cracks and crevices. The older your home, the more likely it is that there are poorly sealed areas where ants can easily gain entry.

Prevention: Eliminating all possible points of entry for ants can be time consuming, but will help with preventing a range of potential pest infestations (including other pests common to South Carolina). First, go around the outside of your home and check for cracks and holes around your foundation. If you find any cracks, consider contacting a professional for repairs. Next, look for gaps around cabling and pipes, and seal these up as needed with the appropriate caulking material. The same goes for windows and doors: add weatherstripping or caulking to eliminate points of entry for ants.


Professional Ant Control from Home Pest Control

The above ant prevention tips will go a long way towards reducing your risk of an ant infestation. Sometimes, however, you can still end up with an ant problem. If you’re dealing with a serious infestation, Home Pest Control can help.

Attempting to get rid of ants on your own can be a major challenge. South Carolina is home to a wide range of ant species, and there’s no single treatment that works for all of them. The knowledgeable professionals at Home Pest Control can determine what type of ants you’re dealing with and design a custom ant control program to rid your home of pests. Contact us today to learn more.


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March 30, 2020

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