This will reduce ants because they often make their nests at the base of plants in the soft soil close to the roots. Keeping trees away from the roof and gutters will keep carpenter ants off of your home and out of your attic.
Keep Garbage Cans Clean
This might seem like a chore no one wants to do but it will help. Ants have an amazing sense of smell. If they smell food or something sweet in your garbage cans you can be sure that the ants will leave the neighbors house and come straight to your home.
Keep Your Garden Away from Your Home
Oftentimes gardens attract little insects which ants eat. It’s the circle of life. The best way to keep it out of your house is to keep that garden along the fence. Like Joe Dirt said “life’s a garden, dig it.”
Seal any small cracks and crevices around baseboards and plumbing pipes with caulking. Ants are tiny and can get in just about anywhere but sealing with caulking will help out tremendously.
Ants can be a pain to deal with and can are a nuisance for a lot of people. Some homes get ants on a reoccurring basis and seem to be built on a “ant hill”. Other homes get ants once or twice a year. Depending on where you live in the world the species of ants you see will differ. Here in Sonoma County, Northern California we are typically dealing with the Argentine Ant or the Odorous House Ant.
When ants tend to be most invasive
In Sonoma County ants are most active during Summer & Winter.
In the pest control industry we seem to get a big influx of calls for ants twice a year. We get people asking how to keep ants out of their home. These influx of calls come in the summer when it is really hot and ants are looking for water. Or during the raining winter season and the ants nests are getting flooded and they are looking for dry ground. If either of these scenarios sounds like something you have dealt with continue reading. My hope is that you get a take away on how to keep ants out of your home.
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