No one wants to deal with ants in their home. However, it can be a frustratingly common occurrence. In fact, there are many people who feel like they’ll always have ants in their home because they’re never really able to fix the ant problem hanging over their head. As a matter of fact, the root of an ant problem typically has to do with the way the ants are able to enter. Here’s how you can stop ants in the home for good.
1. Seal Cracks and Holes in Walls
First off, it’s important to seal cracks and holes in your walls. This is especially important in external walls, as that’s one of the ways that ants can come inside, but it’s equally important in internal walls because ants can nest inside those walls. If you seal those cracks and holes, ants won’t be able to get inside through the walls, which is a main method of entry.
2. Caulk Around AC and Heating Units
Air conditioning and heating units typically use water to help heat and cool air because water is a great conductor. That’s one of the reasons that ants can be drawn to those units — the ants notice the water condensing on and around the unit, then try to find a way inside. You need to make sure there aren’t any entryways into the home around your AC or heating units.
3. Fix Leaky Faucets and Pipes
Fixing leaky faucets and pipes is an important element of avoiding ants in your home because ants love water. When you have ants in your home, they’re going to try and find as much water as possible. That’s why they may congregate in areas like the bathroom. Even a little leak can be a lot of water for an ant, so it’s important to fix those leaks as quickly as you find them.
4. Put Food in Airtight Containers
Like other living things, ants also need food to survive. If you have food in your pantry that isn’t in an airtight container, like flour or cereal, you may want to move it into an airtight container. Otherwise, ants know that there’s a reason for them to come in your home. Airtight containers allow you to keep shelf-stable things in your pantry without having to worry about ants getting inside.
5. Wipe Down Kitchen Counters After Using Them
Whenever you use your kitchen counters, you should always wipe them down. Wiping down your kitchen counters, even if you can’t physically see any food, allows you to get rid of anything that you didn’t notice, but an ant easily will. Plus, it’s a good habit to get into so that you can use your counters more easily next time.
6. Empty Trash As Frequently As Possible
Trash is both food and water, which means that ants will definitely have an attraction to it. However, if you empty the trash on a regular basis, ants won’t usually care about it. The trash typically doesn’t attract ants unless you let it sit for a long time. Make sure you take the trash out directly to the garbage on a regular basis, especially if you have an ant problem right now.
7. Repair Cracked Pavement and Foundations
You may think of cracked pavement as just a foundational problem, but it’s also an ant problem. Pavement and foundation cracks allow ants inside because it gives a place for ants to burrow in. Remember, ants are great at digging, and they’ll be more than happy to dig into your home’s foundation. Fixing this problem helps eliminate ants and foundation problems.
These are all important elements of your home health to consider. Some of them, of course, are easier or harder than others. If you’re thinking about home health, it’s important to consider all of them, even if you have to call in a foundation repair expert for your cracked pavement or foundations. When you implement more of these tips, you’ll be less likely to have ants.