When you see an ant or two in your home or office, it’s not usually something that raises an internal alarm. Ants are small and can make their way inside, so most people think it’s not a big deal – but seeing just one ant can indicate that you are on your way to having a full-blown ant infestation.
Apart from physically seeing ants, there are a few things that you should look out for when considering whether or not you have an ant infestation. These are the things that you should look out for.
You Have Seen Live Ants
Seeing live ants in your home or office is a strong indicator that there is a larger colony residing somewhere nearby. It is unlikely that a few ants made their way inside without there being a large, breeding ant colony within a short distance to where they are seen. Ants are constantly searching for food, so seeing a few ants will indicate that they are out hunting for food.
Ants will be attracted to areas where food and drinks are commonly consumed. The kitchen is the most likely place that you will see ants, but if food and drinks are consumed all over the house or office, they may pop up anywhere.
You Have Seen Live Ants Walking In A Line
Forget seeing a stray ant here and there, if you are seeing a line of ants it is extremely likely that you are experiencing an ant infestation. When ants find a source of food, they will lay down a pheromone trail to attract others from their colony to the source. The chemical will draw a large number of ants, which makes it easier to spot the issue. If you see food items that are overrun with ants, you should consider consulting a professional pest control company.
Your Pet’s Food and Water Bowls Are Attracting Ants
Ants will eat any possible food source, which includes pet food. If you notice stray ants or a line of ants leading to and in your pet’s bowl or the surrounding area, you might have an ant infestation on your hands. It is best to keep pet feeding areas clean and dry as to not attract ants.
You See Noticeable Ant Nests Outside
Another key indicator that you have an ant infestation is that you can see visible ant nests outside or on your property. If you have ants outside your home or office, you very well might have them inside as well.
Ant nests, or ant hills, are large piles of dirt that indicate where ants have dug down and created an underground nest. If the ant hills are found near the building or against walls, it is a cause for concern.
If you notice ants both inside and outside, you should contact a professional to take care of the situation.
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