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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Why do ants invade my home?

Ants are constantly searching for food, water and harborage. Inside your house is a very desirable set of conditions conducive to ant behaviors. Firstly, your house provides stable environment. Think about it. It’s chaotic outside: desert, floods, hot, cold, humid, dry, safe, dangerous. Inside your house is always just fine. There are no abrupt changes in temperature or environment. Secondly, there’s food and water in abundance. No matter how much you clean, there is always enough for ants to find something to eat or drink. They don’t need a lot. Your kitchen and bathrooms have plenty of water for ants as well as crumbs, pet food, open food boxes, sugar bowls, fruit, bread, cookies, jelly, toothpaste etc. One species of ant in the Northeast that is destructive to homes is the carpenter ant. Carpenter ants are interested in your house for harborage, specifically, the wood. They can nest in dry or wet wood. They prefer damp or wet wood. Consequently, their nests are found in wood dampened by leaks, poorly sealed window or door frames, roof or gutter or skylite leaks. They do not consume the wood, but instead, rip the wood to create nests or galleries.

Call TEAM to have your home inspected and treated for ants.

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