Ways Of Ant Proofing Your Property

Removing ants is incredibly difficult. Many people have ants living in their gardens, where they dig themselves deep into the ground (out of reach). These ant colonies can consist of thousands of inhabitants. When they are scouting about for food, they may be attracted into your home. That is why, when it comes to ants, prevention is always better than cure. To help you out with this, the following tips will help when ant proofing your house.

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How to get started with ant proofing

The first step to removing common food pests such as ant proofing your house, is making it unattractive to ants. What this means is that you need to remove all sources of food. This primarily means that your kitchen should be kept free of food debris. Make sure to clean your countertops and floors as often as possible. Also avoid, leaving dirty dishes in the sink. Another thing you should do is vacuum as often as possible and to keep cleaning.

An overlooked aspect of ant proofing is moisture. Remember, all living creatures need water, including ants. This means sources of water should be removed. Start by fixing any water leaks around taps and pipes. Ensure that gutters and downpipes are working correctly. Also make sure that water is not pooling anywhere on your roof.

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Next, you have to prevent ants from getting into the house. This is extremely tough because these pests are small. This means they can easily enter your home through the smallest place. This makes them even worse than pests like mice, who can squeeze through spaces the size of your thumb. Not only that, ants can even dig their way into your homes which makes them hard to treat.

Avoid ants entering through windows and doors

That being said, there are things you can do. First of all, clear away all bushes and plants that are touching the walls of your home. Ants climb into these, walk across walls, and then enter through windows, so make sure to trim bushes.

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While you’re doing this, closely inspect the exterior of your house. Seal up any holes or gaps that can provide an entry points. Pay particular attention to areas where pipes or wires enter your home. The areas around these should be sealed up with putty.

Probably your biggest issue with ant proofing is doors and windows. Ants are small enough to fit beneath the most tightly sealed door or window. One solution to this problem is weather stripping. This is the practice of placing a strip of wood or tape around the frame of your door or window. This will help to keep ants out. It also has the added benefit of keeping heat in.

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