Are you dealing ants—lots and lots of ants? Do you feel as if your exterior walls and foundation should be sealed enough to keep those ants out? If so, you might be scratching your head right now. We get it. It can be a mystery. And the answer isn't a simple one. We can't just give you a quick list of entry points because the list would be long, and many of the entry points wouldn't apply to your specific issue. For instance, if you live in an apartment on the 4th floor, your entry points differ from someone who lives in an old farmhouse. So to make things simple, we'll give you some facts about ants that can help you figure it out.
1. Most ants don't chew their way in.
Most ants that get into Knoxville homes do so by finding entry points. There is really only one type of ant that can chew its way into your home. It is called a carpenter ant. If the ants you're dealing with are carpenter ants, it is likely they got in through a piece of wood that has been damaged by water. Damp, decaying wood is softer than hardwood and easier to create tunnels in. Check to see if your ants are about ⅝ of an inch long and entirely black. These are appropriately called black carpenter ants and are the most destructive carpenter ants that get into Knoxville homes. Properly identifying your ants as black carpenter ants can give you valuable insight into how they got in. While these ants can get in through entry points that already exist, they are strongly attracted to moisture-damaged wood.
2. Ants can use very tiny entry points.
If you think carpenter ants are tiny at only ⅝ of an inch in length, put into perspective that they are the largest ants that will get into your Knoxville home. Every other ant is smaller. Some are really small. That means they can get in through the tiniest of cracks. Some of these cracks are impossible to see and patch up. But this isn't the case for all entry points. If you have a gap in the weatherstripping around an exterior door or a damaged door sweep, you can detect these openings by turning off the lights inside your home on a bright, sunny day. If you have entry points, they'll shine. This method can work with entry points around basement windows as well. If light is coming in, so can ants.
3. Ants are drawn to moisture.
Pipes are superhighways for ants. If there is a gap around pipes that go into a structure, ants will take advantage of it. Once inside, they'll follow pipes right up into your kitchen or bathroom. If you have tiny ants coming out from under your kitchen faucet or crawling around in the cabinet under your sink, they may have followed pipes into your home.
This attraction to moisture brings ants into landscaping. If you have dense landscaping near your home, you may want to inspect your foundation walls behind the vegetation. These will be at higher risk for an invasion.
4. Some ants are drawn to electrical boxes.
These ants will get on your engine or climb into the electrical box on the side of your home. If these are the type of ant you have, they may be coming in through gaps around wire conduit (this is the plastic that pipe wires are fed through). Check your utilities for ant activity.
While there are many ways ants can get in, there is one sure way to get them out. Russell's Pest Control provides the Greater Knoxville area with superior pest control and superior service. If you've had it with ants, we can help you put that ant infestation in your rearview mirror. Our highly trained and experienced pest professionals are educated in the habits and habitats of several ant species that are common pests in our area, and they use field-tested strategies and EPA-approved products to deal with them effectively. If you have questions, we have answers. Get started by requesting a free, in-home pest control evaluation today.
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