As fall approaches and temperatures start their descent from hot to cool, our homes become a warm haven. While crisp autumn days are enjoyable, it's also nice to come home to a warm, toasty house. Unfortunately, we're not the only ones who think so. Ants are common invaders in the fall, which makes this the perfect time to start thinking about protecting your home against these tiny pests.
What Factors Drive Ants Indoors in the Fall?
Like most living things, ants must have certain needs met in order to survive. These include shelter, water, and food.
As a cold-blooded insect, cold temperatures can cause problems for ants. They must seek shelter in a relatively warm area. If they can't find refuge in order to remain active, they'll burrow deep underground and go into hibernation for the winter. However, if they find their way into your temperature-controlled house, they will stay active throughout the cold months.
As summer turns to fall, ants will also need food and water to survive—with food becoming harder to find. These needs will lead ants to step-up their foraging more than in the summer months, leaving a greater chance of them finding their way into your home. If they find a steady supply of food and water inside, they may choose to stick around.
How to Protect Your Home Against Ants During the Fall
To protect your home against ants, you must make it as difficult as possible for them to get inside and as unwelcoming as possible if they do get in. The following tips can help with these goals.
Take a walk around the outside of your house and seal or repair any openings you find, no matter how small, such as cracks in the foundation, holes in your siding, gaps around windows and doors, and tears in window and door screens.
Install door sweeps if there are gaps at the bottom of your exterior doors.
Cut back foliage that touches the sides of your house.
Reduce moisture around the exterior of your home by redirecting downspouts away from the foundation.
Keep outdoor garbage bins tightly covered and stored away from your house.
Inside, clean off your counters after each meal or meal prep.
Wash dishes immediately after use or place them in the dishwasher.
Sweep and vacuum frequently.
Do regular checks for leaking pipes and fix any that you find immediately.
If your home has high humidity, use dehumidifiers to decrease the moisture levels inside.
What to Do if Ants Get Inside Your Home This Fall
Ants are so small that it's impossible to eliminate every possible entry point into your home. If you start seeing ants inside over the next month or two, it's a cause for concern because they're probably there for the long haul. While some ants are simply a nuisance, others carry dangerous diseases or deliver painful stings and bites. And when ants get into your food supplies, they can contaminate them, opening up your family to illness.
When ants invade, your safest bet is to contact Witt Pest Management. Our experienced pest technicians will visit your house and provide you with a treatment plan that will eliminate your ant problem safely and effectively. If you see ants in your home, don't delay! Contact Witt today.