Summer Ant Prevention for Asheville Residents

June 19, 2018


With summer in full swing, Asheville homes and yards are being invaded by ants. The combination of high temperatures and the excessive dampness from flooding in Asheville provides the perfect conditions for ant populations to thrive. These ants are drawn out by the heat into grassy yards and driveways, and when the environment outdoors becomes less than ideal, those ants will venture inside.

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With summer in full swing, Asheville homes and yards are being invaded by ants. The combination of high temperatures and the excessive dampness from flooding in Asheville provides the perfect conditions for ant populations to thrive. These ants are drawn out by the heat into grassy yards and driveways, and when the environment outdoors becomes less than ideal, those ants will venture inside.

During this time of year, homeowners should take preventative measures against these ants to keep them from invading their homes. One of the most important things you can do to keep these pests out is checking for and identifying any entry points that they could use to gain access to your home. Ants can get inside your home through the tiniest of cracks and crevices. They often target the foundation and exterior walls of the home, but may also sneak in through doors or gaps in window trim, especially windows and doors without screens. It is equally important for homeowners to know what is drawing the ants inside. A few factors that could be drawing ants to your home include areas of high moisture or wood that has been damaged by water; organic debris throughout the property; and trash or food that has been left out. Food, water, and shelter are the primary reasons that ants enter the home, so any environment that fulfills those needs are at a higher risk for an infestation.

There are a few things that homeowners can do to limit how attractive your home is to incoming ants. One of the most successful prevention methods is fixing any moisture issues such as clogged gutters or leaky pipes. It is also important to store food in a refrigerator or in airtight containers, clean up any crumbs or food or drink spills, and store both indoor and outdoor garbage properly. Another helpful tip is to keep up with landscaping by keeping your lawn trimmed and your trees cut back, as well as removing any debris such as fallen trees from your property. Lastly, you should eliminate any entry points that ants can use to gain access to your home by sealing cracks in the foundation, caulking any small holes around the exterior of the house, and replacing or fixing holes in any window or door screens.

If you’ve already noticed the presence of ants inside your home or want long-term protection against them, you will need to enlist the help of a pest control professional. A-1 Pest Control is Asheville’s local pest control company; we offer residents protection from a variety of pests, including ants, through our year-round pest control services. If you’d like to learn more about how A-1 Pest Control can help protect your home, give us a call today!




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