Both homes and businesses can fall prey to ant infestation. If you want to keep your property ant-free, it is crucial to know how ants get into homes and businesses and why they might show up in the first place. Regardless, you will want to protect your home and keep your property ant-free!
Ants are tricky little pests and often find resourceful ways to get inside. So the goal is to keep them out, right? While great in theory, it may be almost impossible to keep ants out entirely; however, they can be controlled if the appropriate steps are taken to avoid an infestation. These pests are experts at finding ways to achieve what they want by getting into homes and businesses.
Common Reasons Ants Come Indoors
Ants tend to invade spaces for two common reasons. Most ant species like to search for food sources within a space by first exploring various gaps, cracks, and holes along outside walls. You may have noticed that ants are very drawn to food. If they sense an opportunity to get food, they will become highly motivated and search for almost any way inside. You may have seen a long line of ants alongside an open trash bag or leading to left-out food, particularly in the summer months.
If, for example, you see a long line of ants entering your garage from a gap near the garage door right to your trashcan, sweep them up! Even though it may have been a tiny gap, the ants can use it as an entry point. While sealing that door is a good idea, the ants can still find another way inside. When it comes to food, they are determined little bugs! This makes it critical to invest in preventative pest control regularly.
How Can You Prevent an Ant Infestation in Tulsa?
Instead of setting a goal to keep all ants out at all times, it is wise to point effort at targeting specific trouble spots that may help reduce the number of ants trying to get into your space. While working with a professional team like Emtec Pest Control is the best way to ensure an ant infestation doesn’t occur, there are many steps a homeowner can take to be proactive.
First, ensure that the seals found around your window and door frames are properly caulked. Second, be sure that any foundation cracks or broken mortar are repaired. Next, the gaps that can be found around
pipes are tempting for ants, and these gaps and those that could be found around wire conduits or other utilities should be filled in with an appropriate caulk or sealant.
At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.