The smallest types of ants are only about .03 inches in length.
Being that they’re so small, it’s no wonder they can manage to get through the smallest gap or crack into a home or business. But just because they’re small doesn’t make them any less of a pest, and doesn’t lessen the amount of damage they can do.
It can be near impossible, and incredibly frustrating, to try and avoid an ant problem if you don’t know what ants are attracted to and how to deal with them once they start coming in.
In this post, we’ll go over what attracts ants, and how to deal with them so that you can keep your home or business ant-free.
Keep reading to learn more.
Food and Water Sources
Usually, when ants make their way inside it’s in the pursuit of sources of food or water.
In terms of food, ants crave sugar, but can also look for fat and protein. If they can smell any spilled drops of sugary or fatty foods, they’ll likely come and investigate. This could be spilled drops of soda, fruit juice, candy, jelly, or the drippings from a greasy meal.
Ants also need a steady source of moisture, so if it’s been extra dry out they tend to go inside to look for good water sources. These could be leaky faucets, overwatered potted plants, or humid basements.
A Cozy Home
When ants are looking for a place to make their home, they prefer a place that is close to both food and water and that is relatively warm and dark. The inside of your walls is a great option for the ants but can mean a major problem for you.
Having an ant control issue in your walls can mean major damage. Ants can chew through wood, insulation, and electric wires, so if you have an infestation you’ll need to find a professional commercial pest control company to take care of the ant problem.
How To Get Rid of Ants
The best method for getting rid of ants is to stop the problem before it actually happens. Be sure to keep your home or business clean, especially in the kitchen or dining areas. Clean up any spills immediately, and fix any leaky faucets as soon as you notice them.
You can try sprinkling a natural deterrent like salt, turmeric powder, or paprika around their known entry points.
If you do find yourself with an ant problem, take care of the ants you see immediately. However, you also have to clean up especially well after them because they leave behind a scent trail that other ants will follow.
Avoid What Attracts Ants
Ants may seem like just a nuisance, but they can wind up causing a significant amount of damage. Help to avoid infestations in your home or business by knowing what attracts ants and how to get rid of them.
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