We all know these pesky little things that somehow find their way into your home. Many times, homeowners don’t even realize all the ways these creatures find their way into your home. Up on your counters or down on your floor, noticeably tracing every spill, crumb, and spot you missed. While these tiny little things can easily find their way into your home, there are many places that you may be missing to block their entrance into your home. Here are some of the of the places that you may not be seeing.
Unsealed Doors And Windows
Just as a human home invader would, ants can also enter the premises through the doors and windows of your home. It is a very common thing that doors are not properly sealed when they are installed, or they can become unsealed as the home settles and ages. Doors that arent used often can also become a problem, as the seal settles and crumbles. Also, window gaps and cracks can allow ants to travel in and out as they please. Frames can also hold moisture, creating wood rot, which can make it easier for cracks and crumbling to occur, allowing ants entry to your home.
Foundation, Floor, And Wall Crevices
While the foundation to your house is supposed to be the sturdiest and steady area of your house, even the best built homes can have an “ant friendly” foundation. Foundations are made to be airtight and strong, sometimes there can be cracks and gaps within the foundation in which allow ants to travel. It would only take the tiniest gap for colonies of ants to have a passage into your home. While it can be costly to restructure your entire home, there are additional aspects to consider in assuring that ants aren’t traveling through your foundation. While you can physically see ants crawling on your floors and walls, I bet you didn’t know that they can actually travel INSIDE of them. They can travel under carpeting, laminate, and even hardwood flooring.They can also travel underneath wall paneling and baseboards. This can make finding their paths difficult to pinpoint, and cause frustration as a homeowner. These cracks and crevices can act as a working highway for insects to travel back and forth between inside and outside of your home.
Cables, Gas Lines, Pipes, Telephone Cords
Utility cables can be another easy point of interest for insects. When electric lines, pipelines, and other cords and cables are run within your home, there is often space enough between the lines for their tiny travels. These areas can also cut into your heating and cooling budgets, as they unseal your protection from the outside. How many times in a week do you transfer outside items into your home? You carry in groceries. Your children’s toys, your pets, and even possibly plants. These items can call carry insects into your home with them. Although we cannot assure you aren’t bringing the pesky creatures in every time, you should thoroughly check anything brought into your home. Sometimes, ants can even be born INSIDE of your home. Several generations, in fact. Some ant species use the wood rot and crevices within your home to create nests, creating hundreds and hundreds more insects to deal with. In order to assure that you get rid of them, treatments are needed to cut the problem out of your life one hundred percent.