Many people have had the unfortunate experience of an ant invasion in their house. In fact, it is the number one reason that pest control professionals are called to a home. However, there are ways to prevent sharing your space with ants by knowing some of the primary substances that attract them.
4 Main Attractants for Ants
Water is a necessity for ants. They drink to quench their thirst, but they also carry it back to their colony to store for future use. A regular water supply such as leaking pipes, potted plants, roof leaks, or even condensation in your bathroom will attract ants to come back repeatedly. To prevent this and a call for pest control, check for leaks often and eliminate moisture from areas with fans or windows.
Like most wild creatures, ants are always on the lookout for food sources. Ants will eat nearly all the same foods that humans do. As a result, the food in your pantry, leftover crumbs on the floor, and spills that aren’t cleaned up properly are all attractants to ants. They are particularly fond of sweet, sugary food and drinks, as well as bread. Once an ant finds it, more are sure to follow, resulting in the need for pest control.
The outdoors are a dangerous place for a creature as small as an ant. So when they find a safe nesting space to hide, they will use it — your home could be that place. Pest control experts recommend that all windows and doors are sealed with weather stripping. Other cracks or holes in your home’s exterior should be caulked to prevent ants and other pests from entering.
4. Plants and Flowers
Both indoor and outdoor plants can attract ants to your home, especially if they have sweet smelling flowers. While they won’t necessarily eat your plants, they will investigate and may stay if they find a water source there. Aphids, another pest, will eat your plants. These leave behind a sweet honeydew substance that ants will eat. So where you find aphids, ants typically follow.
Are you experiencing an infestation of ants or other pests? Then it’s time to contact the licensed technicians of Guarantee Pest Control located in Lexington, KY. Their experienced professionals have served the area for over 60 years and are proud to provide locals with their services. For more information or to schedule an estimate today, call (859) 254-2076 or visit their website. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for important updates.