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Ants are common household invaders, but they do not start out indoors. In fact, some species of ants do not even build their nests indoors. Instead, they have nests outdoors and can travel back and forth between their nest and your home. If you have an ant issue outside your home, you need to get an ant infestation under control before they decide to take over the interior, too.
Clean it Up
Make sure you keep the outside of your home clean and well-maintained. If you have trash or bits of food around the outside of your home, it sends a welcome beacon to ants. Make sure you have a securely lidded trash bin outside your home for trash. Move the bin away from your house so ants do not move from the trash can to the inside of your home.
Clean up scraps of food and any debris you find so ants do not come looking for an easy food source. Even the smallest bit of food is enough to satisfy an ant’s hunger. Keep your grass trimmed so ants cannot build large mounds used as entrances and exits to their nest in your yard. The cleaner and better maintained your yard, the less likely you will have ants.
Seal it Off
Walk around the outside of your home and seal areas in need. For instance, you should consider placing caulk around window and door trim and in cracks you find in your foundation. Ants are small, so they can fit into the tiniest of openings. Ants will not have much of a reason to come into your yard if they can’t even get into your home.
Seal up your home as best you can to make sure you do not welcome ants in with open arms. Instead, diligently check the outside of your home and take care to seal up any openings you might find big enough for an ant. Ants love warm and damp places and when ants find a good source of food, they might choose to stay indefinitely.
Hire a Pro
Hiring a pro is your best line of defense again outdoor ants. Finding ants in your yard, on your patio, or anywhere else outside your home is frustrating. Luckily, you do not have to put up to the frustration thanks to the help of an expert. Pest control technicians can stop an outdoor ant infestation and completely destroy the colony to ensure those ants are permanently a thing of the past.