ANTS ENTRY POINTS IN HOMES AND NON-CHEMICAL CONTROL
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
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
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
11.crawl spaces vent.
12.cavities of infested trees
14.Under the siding around the house
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 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.
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
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.