We all know ants are a nuisance, but what most people don’t realize is that ants are also a danger. They are capable of causing damage inside and outside of your home. Ants are a major cause of home damage, especially when they’re nesting inside your home without your knowledge. The ants will chew through electrical wires, insulation, and even drywall. They can even eat through your kitchen cabinets. If you spot one or two ants, there are likely many more to follow.
Ants have a nasty habit of leaving their nests in search of food, which means they can enter your home through many different places and quite easily. You can’t always tell whether ants are inside your home or outside. Ants may be inside your home because they’re nesting in your attic, under your kitchen sink, or in your bathroom. They may be outside because they’re living in your garden or on your porch.
Here are a few ways ants can cause damage to your home:
1. They can chew through your wiring and insulation
Ants can chew through your wiring and insulation. They will chew through wires, insulation, and drywall. They will even eat through the metal in your attic. Ants will chew through the insulation, which is a fire hazard. If you notice ants in your attic, make sure to get them out of your home immediately.
2. They can eat through your kitchen cabinets
Ants are also capable of eating through your kitchen cabinets. Obviously, this is a problem if you have any food inside your cabinets. The ants will eat through the wood and eat their way through your cabinets to gain access to the food. This is more than likely something you will be able to spot before it gets too out of hand.
3. They can chew through your drywall
Ants are also capable of chewing through your drywall. If you suspect you have an ant colony inside of your drywall or that they have gained access to your drywall, it’s important to take the right steps to get rid of the ants, and introduce preventative measures so they don’t come back. Ants can also chew through your wood. This is a very dangerous problem if you have a lot of wood in your home. Ants can chew through the wood, causing it to rot and possibly fall apart.
4. Contaminate Food Sources
Ants are also capable of contaminating food sources. They can contaminate food sources such as your refrigerator, pantry, and food left on your counter or in the sink. It’s important to store food in sealed containers to avoid ants having access to it. For more information on how to get rid of ants in your home, view our blog post here.
These are the main ways that ants can cause damage to your home. If you suspect that you have ants, or can’t seem to get control on the infestation, contact Scout Pest Control today. We serve Huntsville, Madison, and surrounding areas and would love to earn your business.