Ant infestations can be dangerous to your home and your health. If you see ants in your home, learn the most common ant colony locations, how to prevent infestations and signs of moisture ants in your home. Discover how a qualified pest control company can quickly remove the threat of ants in your home with safe and effective solutions. Don’t let routine ant infestations create an unhealthy home for you and your family.

What Are Moisture Ants?

Many species of ants can invade your home and cause issues throughout your property, a common ant infestation is moisture ants. While not a specific species, ants that seek out water and high-moisture areas are classified as moisture ants.

Two other ant categories are sugar ants and carpenter ants. Unlike carpenter ants, moisture ants are typically light brown or yellow. Sugar ants are drawn to food sources, so they are unlikely to be seen in moist areas.

Common Ant Colony Locations in Your Home

Regardless of the type of ant, ant colonies are a nuisance. Carpenter ants, in particular, can be a hazard to your home, so it’s essential to find a solution for any ant infestation. First, try to identify whether you have a few ants or an entire colony. Look at these common colony locations in your home to look for signs of an infestation.

Your foundation is a common area for ant colonies to form. Colonies under your concrete slab or foundation walls are difficult to spot and remove since they have a thick, protective ceiling of concrete. These colonies typically find cracks in your basement floor or the exterior of your home.

Wall cavities are another popular place for ant colonies. Small holes in drywall, particularly near floorboards or light fixtures, allow ants to enter your home and seek out food, rotted wood, or moisture. Carpenter ants, in particular, enjoy living in walls and eating lumber and insulation.

Sugar and moisture ants can be found behind kitchen cabinets. Most kitchen cabinets create spaces between them and the walls. Ants can also find homes around your appliances. A pest control professional can find the tight gaps and holes that ants use to find their way into your kitchen and use safe extermination solutions that won’t create a health risk in your kitchen.

Preventing Ant Infestations

Now that you know the usual places to look for ant colonies, find out how to prevent an infestation before it occurs. Follow these steps to protect your home from moisture ants, carpenter ants, and sugar ants:

  • Keep your home clean
  • Seal cracks leading into your home
  • Prevent ants from forming scent trails to food and moisture

These basic steps won’t remove a colony that’s already formed. However, they may help prevent future colonies from entering your home.

Why Choose Us

Of course, these prevention tips aren’t guaranteed to prevent all ant colony formation in your home. If you discover a colony or believe there is one around your home, it’s time to call Whitworth Pest Solutions. Our residential extermination program comes with free estimates and uses the latest techniques and safe cleaning products to protect your home and remove the threat of infestation.

Our award-winning services are more effective than over-the-counter extermination products. As an EPA-certified PESP Gold Level Member, we use extermination techniques that are proven successful without harming your health or damaging your home. We’re committed to safe, environmental friendly extermination techniques that incorporate prevention strategies.

If you’re ready to restore your peace of mind and remove ant colonies from your home or business in Thurston, Pierce, Kitsap, or King Counties, contact us today. Partner with Whitworth Pest Solutions to enjoy full-service pest extermination solutions you can count on.

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