The following conditions can make your more attractive to ants
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- Earth To Wood Contact
- Attached Vegetation
- Tree Limbs
- Railroad Ties
- Downspouts, gutters, and flashing
Earth To Wood Contact
There should be several inches of bare concrete showing between the bottom of your siding, regardless of type, and the soil – or ANY type of landscaping product. Your siding should not contact sand, gravel, beauty bark, play chips, mulch, dirt, or leaf debris.
Not only will these items rot out your siding, they allow ants that burrow, a way in and out of your structure. A way you can’t see. All ants like wet wood.
Good ant prevention twofer: Your home will be less moist and it will be harder for the ants to get in and out unnoticed.
Ants are predators they eat other insects, including the insects that live on and in dense vegetation.
Dense vegetation also traps moisture against your home, keeping air from circulating, and the sun from drying it. Ants love to live in homes that are damp. Dampness leads to mold, mildew, and wood rot – as well as termites, moisture ants, odorous house ants, and carpenter ants.
For ant prevention, thin out heavy vegetation and keep it trimmed off your home. At least a foot.
Tree limbs are an expressway to an all you can eat, free, ant food buffet. They also allow rats to access your roof. Humans don’t spend a lot of time looking up in trees to see what’s crawling back and forth.
Again, tree limbs and tree leaf debris, can add moisture to a home, and prematurely age a roof.
Another ant prevention twofer: Prevent ants, and prolong the life of your roof by keeping tree limbs trimmed back. (not to mention preventing rats)
Railroad ties are incubators for all kinds of wood destroying organisms including ants and termites. The chemical treating on them may slow down the rot process, but it does nothing to stop ants. Worse, if they are installed against your siding they can trap water against your home causing rot problems.
Help prevent ants by removing and replacing railroad ties wherever you can, but be careful when replacing them with concrete blocks. Concrete shouldn’t contact your siding either, and improper use of concrete blocks, in ways that change you natural exterior drainage, may lead to other problems.
Downspouts, gutters, and flashing
Reducing the moisture in your home is a key part of ant prevention.
Leaky downspouts, clogged gutters, inadequate flashing, anything that leads to moisture in your roof, siding, or sub area should be remedied.
These five steps will really help to prevent ants!
For more prevention tips and techniques, consider having your home inspected for pest prevention. It’s the greenest thing you can do for your home!