Have you ever seen an ant line outside? Here in the United States, it is much less common than in countries near the equator, but it can happen. It is quite impressive, especially if they are carrying large pieces of leaf or some other visible food source. Ants are amazing to watch. They make lines, bridges, and even floating structures to keep them above rising flood waters, and they do all of this without any training. But there is another thing ants do naturally that can make them a problem for your St. Louis home. When temperatures begin to drop, they may try to hide in your home. If you'd prefer that they didn't, here are some tips that will help.

It is important to point out that the best way to keep ants out of your home is to reduce the ants in your yard, and the best way to reduce ants in your yard is through the use of bait. But, bait is not effective when the wrong bait is used or applied to the wrong locations. A trained professional knows how to properly identify the ant species being treated, select the right bait, and apply it to the right areas. If done improperly, DIY ant control can actually make the problem worse by causing nests to split. So, this will not be the focus of our article. Instead, we will put our attention on exclusion methods.

The cold is on the way. Before it gets here, try some of these tips to keep ants out of your home:

  • Before ants get into your home, they come into your yard. Why do they do this? To get food. One food source that will attract many ants is organic matter in trash bags. Keeping all of your exterior trash in sealed trash cans will go a long way toward making your home less inviting.

  • Many ants feed on nectar. If you have flowers near your home, you're likely to have ants coming in close to your perimeter.

  • Some ants are predatory and they will feed on other insects, bugs, and even small animals. A reduction of all pests will have an impact on your ant population. One way to do this is by keeping your lights off at night or changing white exterior lighting to yellow insect-resistant lighting.

  • Many ants, and carpenter ants specifically, are drawn to moist ground and rotting wood. When you correct these issues, not only will you be protecting your equity, you'll be preventing ants.

  • Sealing gaps, cracks, and holes in your foundation and exterior walls will work to further reduce your chances of invasion.

If you need help keeping ants and other fall pests out of your home, and you are in our extensive service area, reach out to Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions for immediate assistance.  

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