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How to Get Rid of Ants in a Warehouse

March 06, 2023

By Daniel Baldwin, BCE, CCFS, CP-FS

Handling an ant problem can be a huge hassle, especially in areas that store food products or beverages, such as storage rooms and warehouses. While keeping a clean environment is key to preventing an ant problem, even the tidiest spaces can become overrun. Micro-sized cracks, loading docks, or high traffic in and out of warehouses can make it easy for ant colonies to sneak in and set up shop. Luckily, with a better understanding of their habits and systems, you’ll have a better chance of keeping ants away from your warehouse.

What attracts ants to a warehouse?

Ants are always looking for their next food source. Colonies send scouts ants out to use their finely-tuned senses to track down nearby food sources. If your warehouse has a lot of food waste and crumbs or is generally untidy, ants are far more likely to move in. Ants also need a constant source of moisture to survive. If your warehouse has leaks or water is frequently used within the space, it raises the chances of an ant problem. If your warehouse doors are near exterior dumpsters, it’s easy for ants to extend their search for food into your spaces, especially if garage doors and loading docks are left open frequently.

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How to get rid of ants in a warehouse

Try to determine ants’ main point of entry. Check exteriors for openings, cracks, and open windows, garages, and doorways. Next, thoroughly clean your warehouse space, including staff break rooms, removing any food or water sources for the ants. These steps will not only help with the existing problem but, when practiced long-term, are a great way to aid in the prevention of more ants moving in, not to mention other pests like cockroaches and rodents.

Signs of an ant infestation in your warehouse

The first and likely most obvious sign of an ant infestation in your warehouse is if you spot a handful of ants. One of two ants here or there is common, especially in warmer months. But, if you see a cluster, a line, or they’re traveling up the walls, you’re likely dealing with an infestation. These signs indicate they’re headed to or from their base or colony. Carpenter ants could leave small sawdust trails near wooden beams, window ledges, or wood flooring. If you spot piles of soil or dirt or that iconic mound near your entry points or up against your building’s exterior, you could be dealing with a nearby ant colony. Depending on the type of ant and the season, you may also see piles of discarded wings from young queen ants setting out to begin new colonies.

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