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What Attracts Ants to Your Home

January 19, 2024

By Rachel Maldonado

What Attracts Ants to Your Home

Ants are incredible creatures – hardworking, organized, and surprisingly intelligent. 

However, when they invade your home, they can quickly become a nuisance. Have you found yourself constantly battling with these tiny invaders? Do you wonder why they keep coming back and what attracts ants to your home in the first place?

We’ve got the scoop on what makes your home so irresistible to these pests – and how to finally get rid of them for good. It’s time to learn what makes ants tick and how to send them packing.

What Are Ants Attracted To?

If you’ve ever seen a line of ants marching towards your kitchen counter or trash can, you may wonder what exactly they’re attracted to. At its core, the answer is simple: food, water, and shelter. 

But what is it about these things that make ants go crazy and why do they seem to be able to find them so easily? 


First and foremost, ants are naturally drawn to food. They are omnivores, which means they will eat pretty much anything they can find, from sugary sweet snacks to savory meats and veggies. 

Ants have a highly developed sense of smell, which they use to detect even the tiniest crumbs or food particles. Once they’ve found a food source, they’ll quickly call for reinforcements to come and help carry it back to their colony. 

Ants use a variety of methods to signal to their fellow colony members, including chemical signals, visual cues, and even physical touch. When an ant finds a food source, they will leave behind a trail of pheromones to help other ants find it. This pheromone trail can last for hours, or even days, depending on the amount of traffic it receives. 

Once a trail is established, ants will follow it in a constant stream, with each ant carrying a small piece of food back to the colony. This is where their incredible strength comes in handy – ants can carry objects that are many times their own body weight. They accomplish this using their powerful jaws and specialized muscles in their necks and heads. 


Are ants attracted to water? You bet. 

In fact, ants can’t live without water for more than a few days. They will often form lines to water sources, such as puddles or leaky pipes, and will even store water in their colonies for future use. So, if you’ve got any damp or moist areas in your home, it’s likely that ants will be attracted to them. 


Ants are also on the lookout for shelter, particularly in the case of certain species like carpenter ants. These ants will burrow into wood and other building materials, causing damage to homes and other buildings. 

So if you’ve got any areas of your home that are damp or have untreated wood, make sure to keep an eye out for signs of carpenter ants.

How to Prevent Ants from Entering Your Home

If you don’t want to deal with ants, don’t give them a reason to enter your home in the first place. One of the most effective ways to do this is to keep your home clean and tidy. 

Ants are attracted to food that they might find in tiny crumbs and even sticky spills, so be sure to clean up any spills or crumbs as soon as they happen. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink, and make sure to wipe down your countertops regularly. The cleaner your home is, the less likely ants are to find something that’ll pique their interest.

Next, make sure to seal up any potential entry points. Ants are small and can fit through even the tiniest of cracks, so seal up any gaps or cracks around your windows, doors, and foundation. This can be done with caulk, weather stripping, or sealant. Also, consider installing screens on your windows and doors to keep ants (and other insects) out.

Also remember that ants can detect even the tiniest trace of food, so make sure to keep your food in airtight containers. Don’t leave food out on the countertop, and be sure to store your fruit in the refrigerator. If you have pets, make sure to clean up their food and water bowls regularly.

Say Goodbye to Ants with Hawx Pest Control

If you’re tired of ants marching around your home without an invitation, it’s time to say goodbye to them with Hawx Pest Control. 

With years of experience under our belt, we’ve perfected the art of ant control. Our team of trained professionals uses the latest pest control technology to eradicate ants and other pesky bugs from your home. . 

At Hawx Pest Control, we prioritize customer satisfaction and strive to form lasting relationships with our clients. We’re not just in the business of pest control – we’re in the business of making your home a comfortable and safe space for you and your loved ones. 

So, whether you’re dealing with a massive ant infestation or just a few stragglers, give us a call and join our family of satisfied customers. Let’s make those ants disappear for good – and get your home back to feeling like home.

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