Why Are There Ants In My Baltimore Home?

March 1, 2021

Ants are no fun to deal with inside your home. When you see a few ants, there is bound to be a few hundred more. The three most common ant species in the Baltimore, Maryland area are odorous house ants, carpenter ants, and pavement ants. Most ants are considered nuisance pests, but no ant species are welcome in our homes.

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About Common Ants

Both pavement and odorous house ants do not pose any significant threats to people, unlike other species such as fire ants, which will swarm and bite people if threatened. However, carpenter ants can pose a structural danger to homes.

  • Carpenter Ants are primarily black, but some vary with red and yellow colorations. Carpenter ants build nests and tunnels in water-damaged wood, threatening a home's structural integrity. 

  • Odorous House Ants vary in color from black to dark brown and will give off an offensive smell when crushed.

  • Pavement Ants these are the dark brown or black ants that build nests between cracks in the pavement on sidewalks, driveways, and foundations.

No matter the species, ants find their way inside homes for the same reasons.

Why & How Do Ants Get In?

Ants are constantly looking for food and water. Humans provide good options for both of these factors. People are messy, continually leaving a trail of crumbs and puddles of water. Plus, leaks can spring up at any moment, and if they aren't taken care of properly, they can attract all sorts of pests looking for water.

There are multiple entry points that ants can take advantage of when trying to get into a home. These include:

  • Window and doors without proper weatherstripping, sweeps, or screens.

  • Gaps in the foundation if the house is older or imperfect from construction.

  • Crack and seams in walls, including drafty areas between walls, windows, and doors.

  • Underneath flooring, which provides a covered space for ants to travel between.

  • Along utility lines where pests can sneak through.

  • How To Keep Ants Out

Because ants are so tiny, they can prove to be challenging to prevent. However, you can follow tips to try and minimize the 'attraction' factors that ants look for.

  • Keep surfaces around your home clean. You should always remove crumbs and spills from counters and floors.

  • Keep food in airtight containers, including dog food.

  • Take out garbage regularly and make sure garbage cans are free of residue.

  • If there is a leak, make sure to clean it up entirely and replace any damaged wood.

  • Make sure windows and doors have proper screens, weatherstripping, and sweeps in place.

  • Patch up any holes in walls, flooring, and foundation.

  • Have a professional inspect your property for any holes that might give ants an entry point.

  • If you see a few ants, also known as scout ants, which look for food sources before alerting the rest of the colony, be sure to take immediate action, so the infestation doesn't worsen.

The best thing you can do is get professional help to prevent ants. You don't need to wait until you have a problem. Professionals can inspect your property and create a barrier to keep pests out.

Professional Ant Control You Can Trust

If you are in the Baltimore, Maryland area and are worried about ants, you should contact the Destroy Pest Control professionals. At Destroy Pest Control, we have extensive knowledge and experience in the pest control industry and know what it takes to get the job done right. We offer eco-friendly pest control solutions so you can feel good when having your house treated. Please don't wait until an infestation is bad; contact us today to get started!

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