Pest Identification

Learn More About the Pests Invading Your Home

Can You Feed Ants Water Outside So They Don't Search Inside?

Ants live everywhere in the United States. For the most part, they are content to stay outside, but one exception is when the weather creates extremely dry conditions. In such cases, ants enter homes for two primary reasons: to get food and water. It’s natural to wonder if you can prevent ants from coming into your home if you simply put lots of water outside. In a nutshell, ants are unavoidable because there are so many of them around. Doing so may actually exacerbate an ant problem. Other measures are much more effective for keeping ants away.




Don’t give ants any reason to want to come into your home. You’ve already covered the major areas of your house, but don’t forget the nooks and crannies. This means keeping your house free of crumbs and water sources, such as spills and melted ice from that cube that scooted under the refrigerator. Here are a few ways to clean proactively:

  • Wipe away spills as soon as possible.
  • Remember crumbs around toasters, microwaves, baseboards and in food cabinets.
  • Clean up grease.
  • Keep food in airtight containers.
  • Avoid overwatering indoor plants.
  • Empty your garbage often.
  • Don’t leave pet food out.




Close up exterior cracks. Ants love to enter through these when they smell the possibility of food. Install door sweeps on exterior doors, and use caulk to seal windows, doors and cracks. Pay attention to areas where you have cables and pipes going into your house. Close up these openings; your heating bills should go down as well. Patch up any water leaks, and keep plants at least one foot from the house.


Combat Baits and Gels


You might have one of the cleanest homes in the neighborhood, but ants get desperate. In such cases, Combat Ant Bait and Combat Max Ant Killing Gel help take care of an ant problem. The baits and gels kill many parading ants in your home. Those who feed on the baits or gels carry poison back to their nests, spreading the poison to their fellow ants, queens and larvae. You’ve taken care of your ant problem at the source. These baits and gels differ from spray pesticides. Spray pesticides kill the ants you see, but they aren’t able to transport poison back into their nests.

Because ants are persistent and will find their way into a home given the chance, it’s best to not give them any reasons to stick around. Instead of setting out water near your home, clean proactively, and don’t give ants a way to get into your home.