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ANTS ENTRY POINTS IN HOMES AND NON-CHEMICAL CONTROL

ANTS ENTRY POINTS IN HOMES AND NON-CHEMICAL CONTROL

ANTS EXTERMINATOR SURREY

Ants have been around for millions of years and are true survivors.  They view your home as a source of water, food or shelter and they will invade. Following are  the point of entry of ants in to your home.

POSSIBLE AREA OF ENTRY AND TREATMENT

possible entry points of carpenter ants

1.Door Frames and kick plates

2.In and behind kitchen and bathroom cabinets
3.Areas where decks, patios, or steps butt against the outer siding
4.Porch framing including ceilings and columns
5.Soffits
6.Wood touching the ground.
7.Treating beneath roof shingles and behind rain gutters
8.Framing of garage doors
9.Pipe chases in the kitchen, baths, laundry room, and basement pluming area
10.Window frames
11.crawl spaces vent.
12.cavities of infested trees
13.wall voids
14.Under the siding around the house
Garage
This is the largest entry point into your home for all kinds of insects. Even if you close your garage door, there are still many ways for ants to access different points of entry into your home through the garage. Clutter, lawn tools, dog food, bird food, all will attract foraging ants.
Pipes
Pipes give ants direct access to your home, often directly into your kitchen.  They can run the pipes to all levels of the home and into your rooms.
Trees, Shrubs & Vegetation
Ants when foraging may travel to the tops of trees & shrubs in search of food.  Often, if the limbs of the trees or shrubs are touching your home, they will travel over these and gain direct access into the house. Prune any branches that touch walls, fences or the ground so ants cannot find alternate routes into the home
Cracks & Crevices
When you first notice a trail of ants in your house, follow it to its entry point and caulk all holes and cracks around it..Ants can get into even the most tightly sealed structure.  If there is even an opening as small as 1/64th of an inch they can gain access into your home.  Small gaps around windows and doors will allow access into your home.  Gaps in siding or even “weep” holes in brick structures will facilitate entry.  In areas that can’t be sealed, leave a small, low wattage night light on for a few nights in the area of most ant activity. The change in light can disrupt and discourage their foraging patterns.
Fences, Arbors & Decks
Fences are made to keep things out of your yard, but it can also help for small insects like ants to gain access inside your home. Since your deck is attached to your home, the posts that help keep the deck up is also being used as a foraging trail. Arbors are mostly used to grow vines to make a nice shady spot to relax outdoors, but now you have a highway for ants into your home.  If touching the structure, all of these offer easy and quick access into your home.
Air-conditioning Compressor
The compressor creates moisture/water, which ants search for during the hot summer months.  Once found, the ants will begin a new colony and eventually run the compressor lines into the house.
Gutter Down Spouts
Down spouts offer ants a moist and protected way of getting from the ground into the upper locations of your home.  They can enter through soffit vents and gain access to the interior attic.  They will then set up a colony that can reach huge numbers before being noticed.

  HOW TO CONTROL ANTS WITHOUT PESTICIDE USE

  1. Using white chalk around door thresholds or window frames is somewhat effective. Simply draw a heavy chalk line across the entry point. The ants will not cross the line. Chalk also has the advantage of being able to be used on vertical surfaces.
  2. Placing cornmeal or cream of wheat in the entry path is very effective. For some reason ants cannot digest cornmeal or cream of wheat. After consuming it they die very quickly.
  3. A 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water sprayed on the entry points and on pantry shelving we found very effective.
  4. Keep a small spray bottle handy, and spray the ants with a bit of soapy water.
  5. Set out cucumber peels or slices in the kitchen or at the ants’ point of entry. Many ants have a natural aversion to cucumber. Bitter cucumbers work best.
  6. Leave a few tea bags of mint tea near areas where the ants seem most active. Dry, crushed mint leaves or cloves also work as ant deterrents.
  7. Trace the ant column back to their point of entry. Set any of the following items at the entry area in a small line, which ants will not cross: cayenne pepper, citrus oil (can be soaked into a piece of string), lemon juice, cinnamon or coffee grounds.
  8. Mix a half teaspoon each of honey, borox, and aspartame in small bottles. Place bottles on their sides, with lids off, in areas of most ant activity. Ants will carry the bait back to their colonies. Important: use indoors only; must be kept away from pets and children.
  9. Peppermint oil–a few drops in a spray bottle of water will kill them. It will also prevent them from coming back.
  10. Ring your house with used coffee grounds and other acidic natural byproducts.
  11. Spray bottle with vinegar works too.
  12. Try Boric Acid. It’s natural, safe and it works . Ants take small quantities of bait back to their nest to share with their nest mates. In this way the entire nest can sometimes be eliminated.
  13. Baits may take several weeks to kill the ants. At first you may see more ants coming to the bait, but after a few days to a week you should see a significant reduction.When ants are gone, remove the bait so you don’t attract more ants.
  14. Use insecticidal dusts such as diatomaceous earth (DE) in wall voids and cracks before they are sealed.Use a hand duster to apply DE and wear a dust mask and goggles. DE has little toxicity to humans or pets,but kills insects by absorbing their outer waxy coating, causing dehydration and death.
  15. Use sticky barriers around the trunk of a tree or bush to prevent ants from protecting aphids and other “honeydew”- producing insects.
  16. Baking soda can deter ants – pour a solid line in areas of activity and they won’t cross it.
  17. A puree blend of orange peel and water can be applied to an area to discourage ants from crossing.
  18. Chili pepper, black pepper, and cinnamon work well. Sprinkle it around the entry point or along the ant trail. In most cases the ants will not cross it and make a hasty retreat.
Consult with a licensed pest control operator if above mentioned tips does not work. Hiring an experienced, responsible pest control professional can increase your chance of success in getting rid of ants. If you hire an expert, be sure it’s a company with a good reputation.

ANTS EXTERMINATOR NEW WESTMINISTER

Updated: December 2, 2013 — 1:24 am

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