Tips for protecting your home from ants

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Carpenter ants are the most commonly found ants inside homes. They look for moisture, food, and shelter. If they find these hospitable elements, they’ll create a nest. Ultimately, this can greatly damage the structure of your home. Here are a few things you can do to deter ants from invading your home:

  • Ventilate: Proper ventilation will prevent mold and mildew growth in your home. Because ants are attracted to moisture, mold and mildew will encourage infestations. Use fans and ducts to quickly eradicate pollutants and moisture by transferring it outside of your home.
  • Seal: Exterior holes can develop near wiring, doors, windows, trim, sliding, and your foundation. Seal them with caulk to prevent ants from entering. Weather strips can also work on doors and windows to thwart ants.
  • Prune: Trees and shrubs near your home can be used by ants to gain access to your home. Trim the foliage away from windows or possible openings. Be careful when bringing firewood into your home. Inspect the pieces for insects and, once the wood is inside, keep it elevated and away from moisture.
  • Clean: Food anywhere in the house is going to attract ants. Clean up spilled food or beverages immediately. Don’t leave pet food on the ground and take out the trash often. Cleaning will deter pests from entering your home.
  • Powder: If you know the location of where ants are entering your home, sprinkle talcum powder across their path. Talcum powder is a natural ant repellent that ants won’t cross.

If ants do become a problem in your home, don’t hesitate to find a quality pest control expert who will eliminate them. At Rest Assured Pest Control, our pest experts provide prompt, professional service to help you enjoy a pest-free home as soon as possible. For more information or to request a free home inspection, give us a call at (410) 317-8510.