4 Things Besides Food that Are Attracting Ants to Your Home

What Attracts Ants

Is your home getting terrorized by a colony of ants? The best way to deal with an ant infestation is to prevent them from appearing in the first place. Here are four things besides food that could be attracting ants to your home.

1. Water from Leaking Pipes
Ants need readily available water sources to nest and build a colony. If your area is experiencing dry seasonal conditions then ants may make their way into your home in search for water. A study by Stanford university found that the majority of ant invasions occurred during summer droughts and winter rainstorms.

It’s not uncommon to find ants under the bathroom and kitchen sinks. Check the pipes and other water fixtures in your home for water leaks and flooding. To get rid of ants, fix these leaks, big or small, to stop the formation of standing water.

2. Safe Nesting Space
Ants don’t just build their nests underground. They may also build their nests in certain areas of your home such as behind the baseboard or inside the foundation walls.

It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to identify every single ant entry point but it’s still important to cover up as many of them as you can. Go through your house exterior and block every crack, gap, and crevice with materials like caulk.

3. Pesticide Application
Did you treat your lawn or yard with pesticide? It’s entirely possible for ants to suddenly appear in your home soon after. Any ants that weren’t directly exposed to the chemical treatment may just move from the treated area to the closest non-treated area, your home.

To avoid this, consider using natural pest control methods to deal with common garden pests. This may involve a form of biological control such as using beneficial insects or using natural pest control ingredients like food-grade diatomaceous earth.

4. Plants & Trees as Bridges
Do you have a lot of plants and trees surrounding your home? The ants may be using these plants as bridges into your home. Walk around the exterior of your home and try to widen the gap between the plants and the exterior wall.