How to Keep Ants Out
Ants can be difficult to deal with any time of the year, but can be especially prevalent when the autumn rain arrives. Luckily, we have a few tips on how you can keep these pests from entering your home.
How Are Ants Getting into my House?
In order to understand how to get rid of ants, it's important to recognize how they make their way into a home. Ants can typically find their way into your home or listing through:
- Small cracks in the wall
- Gaps in the foundation
- Through flooring
- Through doors and windows
- Accidentally carried inside
Although there are many methods for getting rid of ants, it is important to close off any points of entry that ants may be able to make their way through.
How Can I Protect My Home From Ants?
The easiest way to protect your home from ants is by preventing common scenarios that attract ants or allow them to enter easily. You can protect your home or listing from ant infestations by:
- Making sure food (including pet food) is sealed in airtight containers
- Regularly cleaning out trash cans
- Cleaning spilled pet food
- Avoiding mulch around your home
- Fixing leaky water pipes
- Sealing cracks or crevices around your home with caulk
How Can I Get Rid of Ants?
There are several ways to get rid of existing infestations, but it is important to implement the prevention tips above. Your house may have multiple colonies underneath, and even if bait traps destroy one colony, another may quickly take its place.
If ants continue to find their way into your home after these preventative measures, then it may be necessary to purchase some ant repellant products or hire pest control professionals to exterminate them completely. There are many over-the-counter products, such as bait traps and pest sprays, that may help you get rid of ants, however these products will most likely not take care of their queen and may lead to future infestations.
An easy stopgap solution beyond over-the-counter pest products is Windex or other ammonia-based cleaners.
How Much Does Pest Control Cost?
A pest start-up service is typically $175, but Twin has a $50 limited-time promotion for new and returning customers. Pricing after the initial service starts as low as $37/month for bimonthly service.
Routine pest control is the most effective way to get rid of ants and prevent future infestations. The chemicals we use to treat perimeters are at a strength that require an applicator's license, and thus are different and more effective than over-the-counter chemicals.
If you are beginning to notice ant trails around your home or property, don't wait until it's too late. Schedule your pest inspection today! Book here.