Ants in winter won’t have the climate outside that they need to find food and water. So, some colonies of ants will find their way into a house. Having ants in your home can be unsettling to many homeowners. Not just because there are unwanted visitors in their home, if they are carpenter ants, they could be causing damage to your home as well. No matter what type of ant it is, we’ll give you the tips and information you need to make sure your home is ant free.

Preventing Ants In WinterA group of ants on a glazed donut on a table

The first step that needs to be taken to prevent ants is removing all items that attract ants. You will want to first locate the area where most the ants are found. You may have heard this many times before, but you need to make sure all food is sealed up. Especially in basements, where it can sometimes be easier for ants to enter your home. In the winter, ants will be desperate for any food they can get, so any open food will be especially appealing to them. Make sure to check that there is no spilled food or drink that is drawing the ants inside. If they are carpenter ants, they are most likely attracted to any water in your home. So, make sure that all standing water is removed and all rooms in your house are completely dry. If not, you are creating an ideal environment for carpenter ants.

Securing Your House

After you make sure there is nothing left to attract the ants into your house, the next step is making sure there are no breaches where more can get in. Take a look around your home and make sure that there aren’t any gaps or cracks that these ants could be getting into. If they can get into your walls, that could be a potential area for them to build a nest. Especially this time of year when these warm insulated walls will be more suitable environments  for ants in winter months to build their nest.

Potential Ways To Repel Ants

Pest controller shows customer issue with their home outside.

Once all of this is completed, it is time to select what method you want to use to get rid of the ants. There are many options, and you could use both homemade and store bought sprays. Some people may want to go with a different solution if you are spraying around food in a kitchen. If you want to use an all-natural repellent, many people use diluted vinegar and essential oils that ants don’t like in order to keep them away. Spray the area where the ants are located with the pesticide you chose.

Another solution could be using ant bait. This is very effective, because the ant will take the bait back to the nest, and hopefully take out all of the ants at the source. Of course, you could always go to your local exterminator if you want to get rid of ants in winter. Any reputable exterminator will follow steps similar to ones mentioned before so ants won’t be in your home. They will also be sure that no ants find their way back to your home in the near future.

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