When you’re planning out your ultra-luxurious home, one thing you may not have thought about is pest control. As much as it can be very annoying to think and talk about, it’s important to consider. Living in luxury starts with avoiding ants in your home, whether you currently have an ant infestation or you have a history of them. Here’s what you can do to prevent these pests.
Facts About Ants
How much do you know about ants? You actually might not know as much as you think. For example, did you know that there are more than 700 types of ants in the United States? This is one reason you might need to do different things for different ant infestations.
Many of these ants can get through very tiny holes in concrete. Pavement ants and fire ants are two types of ants that naturally move through concrete cracks, which means that if you have cracks in your home’s foundation or pavement, you may be more likely to end up with infestations. Fixing these problems can help you avoid ant problems.
Where Are Ants Most Likely to Hide?
There are a few places in your home that you’re most likely to find ants. Here are some common hiding places for ants.
Kitchen and Bathroom
These two rooms are together because they’re almost two sides of the same coin. The kitchen is where ants are most likely to find food, while the bathroom is where they’re most likely to find water. Because ants need both of these things, you’re likely to find ant infestations that start in either of these rooms. Kitchens are slightly more common, but it’s a good idea to watch both areas.
If you have cracks in your basement foundation, you may find yourself with an ant infestation stemming from the basement. That’s because ants are great at getting through very tiny cracks. Plus, many people don’t check their basement very often, which means it’s common to have an ant infestation in the basement that you don’t check for some time.
Most AC units use water to help cool the air in your home. Because ants need water to survive, they naturally gather at the air conditioning unit. Whether you have cracks around the outside of the unit or a pathway through the unit that an ant can go through, this provides the perfect place for ants to get together and start wreaking havoc on your home.
Simple Tips to Prevent Ants From Coming Inside
Preventing ants from coming inside your home may be easier than you think. Here are a few things you can do to lessen your chances of an ant infestation:
- Seal cracks and holes in walls
- Ensure windows and doors close securely
- Caulk around AC and heating units
- Fix leaky pipes and faucets to avoid moisture
- Seal food in airtight containers
- Wipe down kitchen counters after using them
- Empty trash regularly
- Water indoor plants a normal amount
- Stack firewood at least 20 feet away from your home
- Replace mulch or pine straw accents with crushed rock
- Repair cracked pavement and foundation
These are all relatively simple; even the more complicated ones are simple if you’re willing to call in an expert. Taking these steps should be an essential part of your ant avoidance techniques.
As you can see, tips and tricks for avoiding pests can range from very simple to more complex. If you’re currently dealing with a severe infestation, consider calling an exterminator first. From there, you can put in work with the more complicated things, like caulking around AC units and contacting a foundation repair expert to fix small cracks in your foundation.