Ants typically invade home for one reason: food. Most ants feed on sugary or greasy items.
Sugar ants are one of the most common ant invaders. They’re about 3. millimetre or smaller and are attracted to food sources especially sweet stuff example uncovered sugar container donuts or any food that have high level of sugar content.
The common pavement ant, which is brown to black and about 2.5-millimetre-long, will set up colonies near dark corners or crack line in your home and then send out scouts to search for food in your home. They eat meat, grease, seeds, dead or live insects, and can sting and bite if disturbed.
Carpenter ants, which are black and up to 12.5-millimetre-long, look for protein rather than sugar, and will eat through wood to find nesting locations. Small piles of wood shavings called "frass" found under windows or door frames are signs of carpenter ants.
Moisture ants are larger — about 4 to 4.5 -millimetre-long — and are usually an indication of excessive water somewhere. Either can be a problem in bathrooms.
Knowing what type of ant you're dealing with can help you prevent or combat an infestation.
The first step to prevent an ant infestation: clean house. If you see scout ants in your home, kill them immediately. Make sure you don't leave any food out and keep all kitchen surfaces clean.
If you continue to see ants, make sure you've closed off possible entry points, including sealing small cracks in your walls or under windows. Start by caulking potential entry points, such as window casings. Next, you can lay down barriers like salt or talc under doors to turn ants away, or apply scents such as vinegar, peppermint oil or cinnamon. Bear in mind, however, that anything you put down will also be of interest to pets and children, so be careful what you use.
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