New Hampshire's Step-By-Step Guide To Effective Ant Control

Do you know why ants get into your home? If you do, then you're already on your way to understanding how you can keep them out. Today, we're going to talk about natural ant control—no, not natural home remedies like vinegar and water solutions or mothballs—a scientific and systematic approach to effectively communicating to ants that they're not welcome in your home. Here's how it works.

Step 1: Remove Cracks To Explore

ants crawling on a rock

The primary reason ants get into your home is that they can, but there is more to it than this. Ants are actually attracted to tight and confined spaces. Keep in mind that many ant species live under the ground and are compressed in soil tunnels all the time. This is a preference for a little ant. It doesn't prefer to be walking around on the ground or scaling the wall of your home. It wants to find a crack in your foundation because it reminds them of the cracks in rocks that they're always exploring. It wants to find a hole or gap in wood because it scales trees and explores underneath bark. Ants don't just get in because they can. Cracks and tight spaces attract them. You can let ants know that they are not welcome by sealing entry points in your exterior.

  • Apply a sealant to remove attractive foundation cracks (attractive for ants that is).

  • Use a caulking gun to fill in areas where wood has rotted, or where wood-destroying pests have caused damage.

  • Use a caulking gun to seal gaps around pipes and other foundation penetrations, window and door frames, and any wood gaps you find.

Step 2: Take Away The Reason Ants Get In

Ants don't suddenly get the urge to enter your home by the thousands for no reason. The ants on the outside of your home communicate with each other through the use of pheromone chemicals. When food is found, whether on the outside or inside of your home, a worker ant will lay a chemical trail for other ants to follow. This can lead them in through a tiny entry point in your home and into your common areas in large numbers. It is impossible to seal your exterior enough to keep ants out. So, it is important to take away the reason ants will want to get inside.

  • Keep your kitchen and pantry clean.

  • Wipe down shelves to remove food particles.

  • Clean your floors and vacuum your rugs.

  • Keep your stored foods in sealed containers.

  • Clean dishes as you dirty them, or place them in soapy water.

  • Put pet food down only during meals, and never leave pet food out overnight. 

Step 3: Alter The Habitat Around Your Home

If you have lots of ants near your home, those ants are going to get inside. It isn't enough to seal entry points to restrict access and remove food to make it less likely that ants will mobilize an army and enter your home. You need to make the perimeter around your home uninviting to ants.

  • Rake leaves and remove them from your property.

  • Trim your landscaping to allow for good airflow.

  • Clean your gutters and make repairs to your gutter system to reduce dampness or puddles near your home.

  • Keep trash in covered containers and make sure your containers don't have a strong odor.

Step 4: Ant Control If Necessary

If you do steps one through three, you may be able to naturally control ants. If more control is necessary, you might need to use direct ant control methods. We recommend bait and mound treatments. When applying these, you need to take into consideration the species of ant you're trying to control. Ants that prefer protein will not go after sugar bait. Ants with a sweet tooth may turn their noses up at protein bait. Aggressive use of bait, or inappropriate application can result in a complete rejection of the bait, even if the bait would normally be desirable to the species you're trying to control. Mound treatments can have a similar issue. You need to understand the habits and habitats of the ant species you're attempting to eliminate. If you do it wrong, you could cause a colony to bud (split into more than one colony), and this can make your problem worse.

Ant Control In New Hampshire

At Bug Hit Man, we are familiar with the common pest ant species in New Hampshire. We can help you arrest ant problems and get control of ants all year long. Reach out to us to request a service visit. An ant-free house is a nicer place to be. Let us help you get those ants out and keep them out.