Top 3 Causes of Ants in an Apartment

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Top 3 Causes of Ants in an Apartment

Daphne Mallory · Dec 9, 2010

Ants are a nuisance in an apartment, because they can tear up fabric and will eat food that has been left out. There are several things that cause ants to be attracted to your apartment. Limiting those causes can help prevent them from even wanting to come in. Here are the top three causes of ants in an apartment.

1. Food Residue

Food residue on the floor will attract ants. Ants are all about getting food for their colony, and they especially like sugary things. They also like starches and some like greasy foods. Even pet food can attract them. This is why you will probably find a lot of ants under your refrigerator.

2. Inadequate Garbage Disposal

Ants can find a lot of the foods they want in the garbage. Improper disposal of it can make your apartment a good place to get food. The more garbage you have on the floor, the more ants will come to get it. Garbage in a bag won’t stop ants. They can eat through the bag to get at the things inside. You’ll have to keep it outside to stop them from coming in during peak “ant season.”

3. Nest Construction in the Home

If ants find anything in your home that is favorable to build a nest in, they will. This will cause an incessant flow of ants. If you have any wet, rotten wood in the apartment, you should watch out for ants, because this is a prime spot for them to build a nest. Wet wood could come from a leak in the apartment somewhere.

Ants can be hard to deal with if you don’t know how and where they got in. Consider these three causes when trying to prevent ants from coming in your apartment. Keeping these causes minimal will help you have a more ant-free apartment.

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