Why Are Ants in My House?

Posted by David Outhous on Jul 29, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Ants are sneaky little critters. Their diminutive size allows them to hide in the tiniest nooks and crannies, entering your home through impossibly small cracks and crevices. Most people don’t even know they have an ant problem until they wake up one morning to find tiny black ants all over their kitchen.

What causes ants in the house? Better yet, how do you get rid of ants in your home? The answers might surprise you.

Why are Ants in My Home?

When a household pest enters a house or other structure, they are looking for three things: Food, water, and harborage. Sometimes they find just one or two, other times they hit the mother lode, the home pest trifecta, finding all they need in one place.

Unfortunately, that is often a structure inhabited by humans.

And that’s when the ants decide to homestead.

There are several common entry points that ants take advantage of when entering a home. Gaps in the foundation, cracks in the walls, and gaps around windows and doors make it easy for ants to come right on in.

What Attracts Ants in the House?

Worldwide, there are more than 12,000 species of ants. When you are getting rid of ants in your home or preventing ants from entering your home, it helps to know the type of ant you are dealing with. Some ants, like acrobat ants may seek out tunnels that termites or other ants have created in your walls and take up residence there. Little black ants, on the other hand, prefer debris and decaying wood for there homes.

Food and water are main attractants for ants so common practices like leaving pet food and water out overnight or leaving dishes in a sink full of water can be akin to laying out the welcome mat. Of course, spilled food on the counter or floor, even minute amounts, are also major ant attractants.

Where do Ants Hide in My Home?

When you realize that you have tiny black ants in the kitchen or bath you may wonder where they have been hiding. When you consider that many species of household ants are around .06 inches in length, it’s easy to see that a large area is not needed.

So, what does it mean when you have black ants in your home?

Well, the short answer is, they have found something in your home that they like, be it food, a comfy living space, or a good supply of water.

Some areas of your home are more vulnerable to ants than others. A survey by the National Pest Management Association found that pest professionals found ants in the kitchen 96% of the time and ants in the bathroom 89% of the time. Other areas that ants invade include:

  • Inside the walls- 73%
  • Bedrooms – 61%
  • Living room – 60%
  • Basement – 54%
  • AC and heating units – 37%

Of course, they can be found anywhere so don’t let this lull you into a false sense of security, especially if you are in an ant prone area.

Contact RichPro Pest Management

Prevention is your best defense against tiny ants in your house – or any pest for that matter. Keeping your home clean and clutter free as well as cleaning up debris around your yard can help keep ants at bay. However, sometimes they find their way in despite your best efforts to keep them out and that is when you need to call on the professionals at RichPro Exterminating.

Our experienced, knowledgeable technicians will inspect you home and help you identify any problem areas like access points and attractants. Then they will work with you to create a pest management plan to make sure that you get rid of the ants in your home and keep them out.

Call today to schedule an appointment and make those ants in your home a distant memory.


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