Ants are tiny insects that live in colonies. They can be found throughout the United States, but are most commonly found where people reside. In fact, ants only need a few crumbs and some dirt to begin building their colony. These industrious little bugs feed on sweet foods such as fruits and sugary liquids like soda or honeydew. Some ants also enjoy dining on meat from dead animals or other creatures.
Ants usually make their way into homes through cracks around windows, doors, foundations and plumbing pipes; pet food left outside; or even by hitching rides indoors when using firewood carried from outside. Once in the home, they will search for water sources and food to bring back to the colony. Ants usually build their colonies outdoors, but they will often find a way indoors and set up a temporary nest in your yard or garden.
Once in the home, ants are able to go almost anywhere-including into your kitchen cupboards, bathroom, bedroom and basement. As if this wasn’t enough already, ants also bite (ouch!). If these little pests make it inside your house then you may need help getting rid of the ant fast!
Most people who are tired of seeing ants in their house will try to remove the food source from where they’re picking up, but this doesn’t always work. Ants have been known to continue coming back if there is one nearby that is still available to them. The best way to combat an ant problem is to take care of the entire colony, not just a few ants. This will ensure that the issue won’t continue to come back later on down the road.
Let’s go over how you can get rid of ants in your house once and for all…
Where Ants thrive?
All ants aren’t created equally-as you’re about to find out. There are several different kinds of ants that can be found in the United States, and they all have their own individual habits and traits. By knowing where these pests will most likely hang out in your house, it will make it easier for you to know how best to deal with them. Here are some of the top places where you may see ants on a daily basis:
Kitchen Cabinets & Countertops – These insects will come into your home looking for crumbs and bits of food left over from eating dinner. They’ll hide behind the counters or use them as pathways to get around the home. You’ll see them coming out from behind your trashcan, or perhaps climbing up the walls near your sink and drinking water when they’re thirsty.
Bathrooms – When you take a shower, wash your hands with soap and dry them off, you may leave food for ants on the countertop where you’re doing this. This will make it easier for them to crawl over to it and find something to eat without having to leave their hiding spot.
Bedroom – The mattress in the bedroom is one of the softest places an ant can be-and they’ll take advantage of that! They love crawling into small cracks and nooks to get a good night’s sleep .
Ants have many different ways of finding food, but the ones that really love to eat chili pepper may be more on the harmful side. These are known as crazy ants, and they’ve taken over Texas in a big way!
These insects have been seen climbing up walls and across cement floors just like their regular brethren-but when there isn’t any food for them to find near their area, they’ll go looking for it. They don’t mind getting into your carpets or furniture to help themselves to whatever you might have lying around – including chewing through wires if you have them unprotected.
Common Ant Control Remedy
Ants have become very common in attics-they love moisture and warmth up there. You should check around your HVAC system because this is usually where they’ll be seen entering into your home as well as leaving. You can find them nesting behind loose insulation or damaged vents in many cases. Repairing these things so that they no longer have any openings will keep ants out of your attic completely. After that, you can treat the area with baits or granular repellents. You should apply them to cracks and crevices near entry points so that ants will be able to pick up on them when they’re out looking for food.
Ants in Your Kitchen and Other Food Areas
It’s important that you keep your kitchen completely free of crumbs and spills if you want to prevent ants from coming inside on a regular basis. Put away all of your food before going to bed at night-even if it’s something like bread or pastries. Crumbs are their favorite foods by far, so making sure these aren’t left around is optimal for keeping them out of the house 100%. You’ll also want to clean up any messes you may have in your kitchen, from little spills to a large mess on the counter.
Ant traps work well when placed near where they’re feeding-like underneath the sink or behind the refrigerator. This can be a good way to take care of larger colonies as well as stop them before they get started. You’ll also want to spray some insecticidal repellent around any areas that you’ve seen ants hanging out in as well as outside your house along their paths if possible. This will make it more difficult for them to find food and moisture inside so that they don’t come back later.
Treating Your Basement For Ants
The basement is another place where ants are commonly found along with other small insects like spiders and cockroaches. You’ll want to make sure you completely seal off all of the cracks and crevices where they’re getting into your home, including around water lines. This can be done with a small application of caulk or even by replacing damaged pieces in some cases. After that, you should keep it as clean as possible if you don’t want ants to keep coming back-including cleaning up any spills that have occurred down there recently (or ever).
Treating Your Attic For Ants
Your attics are full of old equipment and other items that may be providing them with a food source on a regular basis. Before sealing them out, remove anything in the attic that you won’t need when winter comes-like extra furniture or other things that have been up there for a long time. You should then seal off all of the cracks and crevices within the attic as well as around any vents or other openings. If you have firewood, stack it in an organized manner so that they can’t crawl on top of it to gain entrance into your home.
Ants In The Bedroom? How To Get Rid Of Them There
If ants are hanging out in your bedroom, there is probably a food source nearby which you aren’t aware of. It could be something like crumbs from dinner or even sugar spills on the countertops since ants love sweet foods. Make sure to check these things if you’ve been finding ants creeping up onto your bed at night along with some other signs. If you have kids or pets, be sure to check their rooms as well-especially where they sleep on the floor. This is where ants like to come out at night and forage for food as it’s easier for them in these areas than almost anywhere else inside your home.
You’ll want to clean more thoroughly in these areas as well. Vacuum the carpet and furniture, dust off any shelves or tables and organize your kids’ dressers if necessary. Wipe down all of the surfaces with a damp rag to remove any crumbs or other food particles from their paths.
Maintenance is crucial for keeping ants out of your home on a regular basis, so it’s important that you stay on top of things once you’ve found an infestation. Treating them only once will not be enough for getting rid of them-so make sure that you’re treating them for at least 3-4 weeks after seeing no activity around your house. You’ll need to replace any baits or traps during this time period as well.
Professional Ant Control Treatments
There are a variety of ant control treatments that can be used to remove ants from your home and prevent future infestations. Professional treatments can be used for homes, public spaces, and commercial enterprises.
Some common treatments include: Baiting Programs, Insecticidal Sprays and Liquid Residuals
A baiting program is a method of ant control. Ants are attracted to foods that contain sugar and protein. These can be put in bait stations around the home to attract ants and kill them when they eat it. Because this is an option, you might want to consider it before other treatments if you have young children or pets who could accidentally consume the bait containing insecticide. This method also allows you to eliminate entire colonies without using sprays or liquids on your flooring and countertops, which could be easily damaged by these products.
Ants typically eat the bait and carry it back to their colonies. Colonies are destroyed when foraging workers bring the poison baits back to share with other ants in the colony.
Insecticidal Sprays And Liquid Residuals
If your home has a problem with ants, you might want to consider using an insecticidal spray or liquid residual around floorboards, door frames, window sills and baseboards . Both of these methods control ant infestations by directly applying pesticides to areas where they hide out. They may be applied as part of a pest management program or as a stand-alone treatment. These products should only be used on floors that can tolerate them and will not affect humans’ ability to walk safely on them. This is especially important if you have kids or pets who are likely to come into contact with the substances.
Residents should be aware of all risks and potential dangers when using insecticides, including potential hazards such as allergic reactions to the chemicals used. Pesticide products should only be applied in spaces where children and pets cannot reach them; however, accidental ingestion is always a possibility. It is important for individuals to take all safety precautions necessary to protect themselves while using these treatments.
Residuals are another option when trying to eliminate ants in your home. These liquid treatments are used inside the walls of a building to prevent future ant invasions . They work by breaking down over time. Every few months you need to add more of this solution, so that it is always in contact with any new trails that the ants may be creating underground. Treatment solutions often contain boric acid or hydramethylnon . One downside to using residual insecticides is that they usually smell strongly. Also, they must be used with caution because they are highly toxic to humans if ingested.
Ants are a common pest and can be troublesome in your home. If you have an infestation, there are professional ant treatments that will get rid of them for good.
It is important to use the right type of ant treatments for your situation. If you have a small infestation, then using professional insecticide sprays or baiting programs may be enough. However, if you have an extreme infestation and need help quickly, liquid residuals are often more effective in getting rid of ants fast. In any case it’s worth noting that there are many different types of chemicals available on the market-many with similar active ingredients but different modes of action which can affect how well they work against certain species (such as carpenter ants). If your house is flush with ants don’t hesitate to give the team at Majestic Pest Control a call and we’ll swing by in a hurry!