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How Do Ants Enter Your Home? It's Frustrating

When you come across a good thing, you tell your family and friends, right? Well, so do ants. When scout ants discover a food and water source, they rush back to the colony to let others know and bring back hundreds of friends to carry food back to the colony. Once ants start marching in, you can be sure that very quickly you will have an infestation.   Let’s explore the many ways ants can enter your home.

  1. Wall cracks, holes and voids. Generally speaking, houses are not airtight, leaving spaces for the outside air to enter your home and vice versa. This air exchange occurs along the seams of walls and windows as well as doors and vents. These voids are enough to allow ants to enter your home. Places to look for possible pathways are where walls join floors, ceilings and corners.  Be sure to inspect where holes have been made in a wall for windows, electrical outlets, plumbing pipes, electrical lines and vents.  Cracks in your walls can also invite ants inside your home. Certain materials used, such as plaster, can develop structural splits that create a virtual highway for ants.
  2. Foundation Gaps. Your home’s foundation is usually strong, but not always airtight. Construction gaps provide ants with plenty of space to enter a home. Foundations that aren’t solid concrete blocks can also lead to spaces that persistent ants can penetrate as they search for food, warmth and moisture.
  3. Inside The Floor. It is not obvious, but ants can travel inside your floor. There may be established routes underneath carpets, tile and hardwood flooring. Finding their entry point into a room can be especially difficult if ants are coming from under the surface of a floor covering. At the same time, ants can use your subflooring to move through your house. Subflooring is usually made up of sandwiched pieces of plywood that create plenty of spaces for a tiny ant to investigate.
  4. Windows. The windows in your house let in sunlight and fresh air, and give a scouting ant access to your home. Open windows and screens with holes are easy for ants to move through. Window frames collect moisture and the wood may rot, which means, these areas can provide a home for several species of ants.
  5. Doors. Failing seals around exterior doors are the ideal place for ants to gain access. Check the seal along the bottom of the threshold, also check for quality seals on the sides and the top of the door, too. A door sweep may also help deter any invaders. Another thing to consider is a door that is used infrequently. Since these doors see little activity, seals may deteriorate or cracks may develop unnoticed. These lapses can allow easy access for ants and other insects.
  6. Utility Lines. Modern technology and conveniences such as electricity, telephone, television cable, water and natural gas lines, create a lot of little holes in your house. Gaps where these lines connect to your home can be used by any small pest to get inside. Aside from pest issues, these spaces can let air into the home, which can be a strain on your heating and cooling budget.
  7. Toys, House Plants & Other Articles. Sometimes ants hitch a ride into your home along with seasonal items such as a hollow toy left in the yard over the summer can become host to an ant colony and then carried inside. Plants and patio furniture that are moved inside for the winter may also be the source of an ant invasion. Large groups of ants can also be brought inside on a variety of other articles, including used furniture or appliances, storage tubs, hoses, pipes and even groceries.
  8. Born In The House. Some ants build nests right inside your home– often using wall voids or rotting wood. That means you could have several generations of these insects joining you as tenants. In truth, foraging ants in such a colony probably do go outside. Other members of the colony, such as those that tend to hatching eggs or the queen, may not.

If you are seeing trailing ants, that means there is a colony close by and a professional should be called.  Vulcan Pest Control has more than 30 years of experience in treating ant infestations here in South Florida.  Call us today!

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