Why Are Ants In My West Chester Home?

May 30, 2022

There’s nothing that will spoil a backyard barbecue like a ton of ants crawling around your Westchester home, patio, and even on your food—yikes! 
During the spring and summer months, it may seem like ants are out in full force, and that’s because they are. During the winter, ants hide several feet underground or indoors in heated structures, such as your home, garage, or shed. When the temperatures grow favorable again, they will emerge in search of food and water. 
To way to keep ants out of your West Chester home permanently is with pest control services for West Chester homes and commercial properties. Read on to learn where these ants come from, what they are looking for in your house, and if you can eliminate ants independently. We’ll also explain what professional ant control is and what it entails. 

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Where Are These Ants Coming From? 

If you have an ant problem or full-blown infestation, ants may seem to be coming in from all directions. But the truth is, there are a few ways that ants find their way indoors. Some of the most common ways include through:

  • cracks in the foundation and exterior-facing walls
  • damage to windows, doors, and associated frames 
  • open windows and doors
  • damaged flooring
  • being inadvertently carried inside by people and pets

Preventative action is essential as a reliable measure to keep ants and other pests from entering your home. Repairing damage to your home is a significant step in deterring pests.

What Are Ants Looking For In My Home?

Like any other pest, ants enter in search of food, water, and shelter. Ants aren’t scavengers on the same level as cockroaches, but they can undoubtedly detect even the tiniest food particles. Crumbs from snacks and pet food, for instance, can quickly draw throngs of ants. Ants are also attracted to high-moisture conditions, so if they’re in your home, you’re most likely to see them in the kitchen or other areas where food is stored, prepped, and eaten, as well as in the bathroom.  

Can I Get Rid Of Ants On My Own?

Often, homeowners will attempt to get rid of ants and other pests on their own but see little success. This is because of the large size of ant populations, which presents two key challenges:

  1. Ants Have High Populations: The ants you see roaming for food in your home don’t equate to the number of ants that may be in your home. The average ant colony contains anywhere from 100,000 to 500,000 worker ants alone, making it hard to handle the situation quickly without professional help.
  2. Ants Can Move To Avoid Disturbance: The large ant population allows these pests to move about if they sense danger. This means that a single colony can break off into several sub-colonies, and they all coexist in your home.

What Is Professional Ant Control?

Professional ant control services tackle your ant infestation in a way that’s fast, safe, and effective. Our professionals at Masters Touch Pest Solutions have been providing pest control services to the West Chester area for more than 30 years. Our highly-trained professionals are licensed by the state and dedicated to protecting homeowners, their families and friends, and their property from pests. Leave your pest problem in our hands, and we’ll get your home back in working order and prevent future infestations.
If you suspect you have ants or other pests, contact the professionals at Masters Touch Pest Solution today at 610-269-3000.

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