As the weather warms up, there is perhaps no more annoying a problem than ants. Ants aren’t dangerous and they don’t sting or cause pain. But when they invade, they invade quickly, and they invade in massive groups, and no matter how many times you spray them they keep coming back.
Ant invasions don’t come out of nowhere. There are usually triggers that lead to an ant invasion. The following are some of the reasons that ants may invade.
Causes of Ants
Sugar, Crumbs, and Uncovered Food
The most common reason that ants invade is because they have found access to sugars and uncovered foods. Ants send scavengers all around your home to try to find some sign of food. When they do, they go back to their nest, send a message to other workers, and suddenly swarms of these ants will come into your house to pick up food for the rest of their colony.
Spilled crumbs, uncovered foods, and more are all very common causes of ant invasions, and unfortunately no matter how much you clean it may be hard to completely control for all uncovered food items.
It’s not always your food either. Dog food can also lead to ant invasions, because the food is often sitting outside for extended periods of time. While many people control for their own food, they often forget about pet food and the way that pet food is often sitting in the same spot out in the open. Dog food, cat food, and any form of animal food can be a common source of ant invasions.
In some cases, the problem may not be with what’s around your house. The problem may simply be that you have ant colonies too close to your home and too many holes and openings on your property. You’ll need to have someone inspect the property thoroughly to find nearby colonies, eradicate them, and then seal the holes that they’re entering from.
Other Causes of Ant Invasions
Ants may also enter your home to look for wood (carpenter ants), or they may have actually created a nest on your property and be living indoors. There are plenty of reasons that you may have suffered from an ant invasion, and unless you both eliminate the colony and eliminate all of the entrance points that ants use, you’ll have trouble fighting them.
Discerning one type of ant from another is not always easy, but it is an important step to figure out if you will need to control it, and how. Quickly identify some of the most common ants found in this region by color, size and location with our guide.
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