Have you noticed a line of ants marching into your Metro Atlanta bathroom? Having trouble getting them to march right back out? Read on as the local experts at Healthy Home Termite and Pest Control share information on why ants invade your bathroom as well as tips on how to remove them.
What Type of Ant is in My Bathroom?
If you’re experiencing an ant invasion in your bathroom, focusing on how to remove those pesky invaders as quickly as possible is a natural reaction. However, the first step should be to identify the type of ant you’re dealing with. The state of Georgia, with its varied types of terrain, is home to many different types of ants. These include: fire ants, pharaoh ants, pavement ants, Argentine ants, and Georgia carpenter ants. In the article, “Drought drives Argentine ants indoors”, Dan Suiter, an entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences states that the ants marching into your bathroom are likely Argentine ants. These ants are tiny pests at just an 1/8 of an inch long but they can travel in large numbers and be quite difficult to remove.
Why Are There Ants In My Bathroom?
Ants invading the bathroom tend to be bigger problem in the summer months than at other times of the year. This is because dry conditions outside make food and water scare, and lines of little black ants march inside searching for their next meal. The ants may be attracted to the bathroom because it tends to provide the moister environment they are searching for. Other factors that could draw ants inside include:
- Unrinsed soda cans or other sugary substances in trash or recycle bins or on kitchen counters
- Cracks in walls that provide easy entry points
- Unsealed food items located anywhere in the home
So, if you notice ants in your bathroom, you’ll want to take a look around your home and make sure to eliminate anything that could be beckoning them inside.
Can I Spray Them Away?
Insect sprays may effectively help you remove the invading ants from your bathroom, but likely not all of them. Also, that line of ants leads to a nest where the queen ants live, and as long as the nest is undisturbed, you’ll continue to have an ant problem in your bathroom. Putting out indoor ant bait may work a bit better because the bait often contains a food source that the attracted ants will eat and share with other ants thereby eliminating more of the pesky ant population in your home. However, if you have small children or pets, you may not want to leave ant bait out.
Ways to Remove Black Ants from Your Bathroom
If you are looking for the surest way to get rid of black ants in your bathroom, your best bet is to follow the trail and see if it leads to some food left out in your home or to the opening that is allowing the ants into your home. This allows you to eliminate the food source or seal the opening. If taking these steps does not eliminate your ant problem, then it’s time to call a trusted pest control company.
Contact Healthy Home Termite and Pest Control to Remove Ants
If you’ve found ants in your bathroom, contact Healthy Home Termite and Pest Control at 770-505-9040. We will use a non-deterrent insecticide around the outside of your house and protect it from ants. We’ll also thoroughly inspect your home and point out any factors that put you at risk for future ant invasions.