Protecting the outside of your home from ants

When ants invade your home, it’s time to battle. As one of the most pesky and unpredictable pests, it’s incredibly important to eliminate them properly, but it’s even more important to prevent them up front. As bugs, especially ants, typically enter the house from the outside, controlling this area is your first line of defense.

Make getting rid of ants easy and keep them from coming into your home uninvited by following a few simple ant control precautions.

Typically, ants like to look for cozy places to hide and live, such as thick vegetation, dead plants, shrubbery, and mulch. When these items are up against the exterior of your home, it makes it an easy breeding ground and may be an open door for these pests to make their way in. Some common items that should be given special attention and should be kept away from the walls of your home are:

  • Wood piles
  • Trees
  • Waste bins and garbage cans
  • Shrubs
  • Mulch
  • Standing water
  • Pet waste

Besides keeping things in which ants like to hide away from your home, it’s also important to ensure that there are no places of entry open to these pesky critters. Below are a few tips that can help keep ants from entering your home:

  • Make sure windows and seals are in good repair
  • Maintain quality screens on doors and windows
  • Fill tree holes with cement so that outdoor insects do not use them as nesting sites

Combat® Ant Baits and Gels can also be used as precautionary measures by placing them around your house and where ants may come inside.

For more information on how Combat® Baits and Gels work and how to prevent ants from entering your home, view our helpful prevention video.