Ants in your house or apartment can be a seasonal or year-round problem. If you live in one of the southern states, ants are a problem in warm spring, summer, autumn and winter. During the warmer months, they invade their homes in search of water and food, making them the number one pest species in Europe.
While all ants are difficult to control, the Egyptian Pharaoh ant is known to be one of the most difficult, if not the most difficult, indoor ants to control.
Ants. Why Do They Enter Our Homes?
Many ant species build their nests and become a nuisance when searching for food in the house. Once they have discovered a good source of food, they will continue to come in to collect their food and return to their colonies outdoors. Other ant species invade the interior of a building to build their nest and become permanent residents.
It is not difficult for ants to find a way to sneak into their homes. The most common areas to find ants in a house are kitchen, bathroom and basement. Ants can also nest on the ground or in crawling spaces, making them difficult to spot.
Ants can crawl through windows and doors to your home in search of food and water. You can also enter your room through cracks in the walls, cracks in the foundation, gaps in the floor and much more.
If you have ants in your house, they are probably carpenter ants, paving ants, thieving ants or fragrant house ants. Understanding how ants find their way is the first step to treatment of an ant infestation, so let’s examine the entry points. Watch the Ant Trail’s path and follow where they are coming from to find out how they enter your house.
Ants enter your home in a variety of ways, including through slabs and cracks in floorboards. You are attracted to all kinds of food sources, so if your kitchen is overly dirty and there are ready-made fruit or sweet crumbs, ants will find their way to them. Ant colonies can consist of thousands or even millions of tiny ants, and they seem to be the place where you will find your first ants.
Small black ants are on the move in search of food and penetrate through cracks in foundations and exterior walls into houses. They nest in tree trunks, railway sleepers, grass stones and cracks in pavements and sidewalks. If their home provides easy access to food and water, they stay longer and build nests in the house to enlarge their colonies.
Ants that look for food and water have a strong sense of smell that helps them find where they left off. Small black ants can come into the house at any time in search of food and moisture, and the infestation of these ants can result from improper storage of the food. Noticing small black ants in the apartment means that a large infestation is present outdoors and is located nearby.
Avoid the urge to get rid of the ants, because if you see that the queen produces more eggs, your problem will recur. Again and again you see large black ants in the house, kitchen and bathroom. Stop cleaning ant-infested areas for a while and use another food source until they find their way out or destroy them.
Black carpenter ants are among the most common structure-infested ants found in Northern Europe. In spring, swarms of ants occur inside and are a sure sign that a colony is nesting in a house. Swarms of winged carpenter ants, which reproduce, appear in houses.
Black carpenter ants live underground and gain access to homes by searching for food sources and locations to build satellite nests. Kitchens and other areas of the house where meals are served are a popular attraction for black carpenter ants.
In areas of the house where excessive moisture is known to attract ants, bathrooms are particularly susceptible to infestation. For example, indoor ants build nests in damp areas such as bathrooms with tiled sinks. They can also enter homes through bathrooms, roofs, basements, leaking pipes and generally damp-soaked skirting boards and other access points where ants can dig, dig and penetrate.
Ants can also find their way through tiny cracks and other areas of the house that are common hiding places. To stop them finding a way into the house, homeowners should make the outside of the house pest-proof.
Eliminating food and water sources to reduce ant visits can be as helpful as using bait to control ants. The slow-acting insecticide in baits allows it to be quickly removed from the colony and is effective in eliminating ants. Bait treatment is the most effective and most environmental friendly approach to terminate ant infestation.