Research shows that over ten thousand ant species exist today. However, only twenty-five of the total creeper population invades homes. The insects do so because of their socialistic tendencies.
Besides, they love spaces with ample security and easy access to food and water. Trespassing, therefore, promotes colony expansion. But what breeds are you likely to bump into on your way home?
The Major Culprits
Ants live in communities. One leads the way, and the rest follow. In the real sense, you might have spotted a ton of these on your kitchen sink. But did you know that ants also range in size?
According to research, most species measure one-twelve of an inch to an inch long. Some creepers also fly while others do not. Common examples include:
- Odorous house ants
- Pavement ants
- Ghost ants
- Carpenter ants
- Rover ants
- Argentine ants
- Fire ants
- Crazy ants
In brief, the insects are small but never go unnoticed. They even leave a scent trail that lures more insects out of the colony.
But What Attracts These Insects To Your Premise?
The insects are fond of human food. They find sugary items irresistible, and a jar full of jelly, honey, candy, or syrup never goes unnoticed. Greasy plates or proteinous diets are also an ant magnet. They attract the creepers in their vast numbers because of the nourishment they bring.
The creepers also build colonies around water sources to keep themselves hydrated during summer and winter. A leaky cistern might, therefore, be the reason ants find your bathroom heavenly!
Ants also love it when you make the indoor environment habitable for them. They move in to escape the summer heat and winter cold. Excess rain might also encourage relocation. As you can see, ants love comfort. They would never hesitate from invading your privacy to find a few grubs. But do ants eat grass?
Lifting the Veil
An ant invasion might leave you wondering if the insects are any good for your lawn. Recall, they leave dead grass patches on the lawn. But that does not mean they feed on the grass.
In the real sense, only the Leaf Cutter ant carries grass leaves to produce more food for the colony. It takes advantage of the leave’s structure to grow fungus for added nutrition. Heck, they are small agriculturalists!
Other ant species, on the other side, are fond of taking grass seeds with them. They eat the seeds because they are tasty, and by doing so, reduce your chances of growing new grass. You must, therefore, find suitable ways of protecting your lawn from an ant invasion.
As you well know, ants can hurt you bad. You must, therefore, eliminate them from your house and yard before the situation worsens. But how do you achieve the above? It’s simple. You can repel the creepers from the grass seed bag by:
Sifting Through the Chaff
You must go through the contents in the bag and eliminate all intruders. Besides, use a vacuum cleaner to remove the ground forces. Last, you must store the uncontaminated elements in a sealable container to prevent future attacks.
Caulking up the Storage Area
Ants hide in crevices. You must, therefore, fill in these spaces with caulk to destroy existing colonies. Caulking also prevents the hidden creepers from accessing your package. Lastly, you must vacuum the storage area and burn the contaminated elements.
Cleaning the Store Room with Detergent
Scouting ants leave a scent trail, and that is when their cousins invade your space. That said, you must clean the hot-spots with some scented detergent and water. The combo not only sterilizes your storage area, but it also disorients the aliens.
Baiting the Hostile Forces
Let’s face it. The complete annihilation of an ant colony is not possible. The insects are so many that you may not kill all of them at a go. You must, therefore, use other elimination methods and baiting tops on the list.
All you must do is mix the contaminated grass seeds with poison. You should then store the mixture in reusable plastic bags to attract the “hiding” ants. Disposal should only happen after all the invaders are dead. You can repeat the process weekly to keep your store safe and clean.
Ants are a spectacle. They prefer homes to the wild, and here is why. Houses provide the creepers with unprecedented levels of comfort. Remember, they can access food and water with ease. More so, homes offer adequate shelter during summer or winter.
An ant invasion is, therefore, imminent under such circumstances. Some ant species also find lawns ideal because of the grass leaves.
Leaves come in handy during fungal cultivation exercises. On the contrary, other breeds eat grass seeds because of the nourishment they bring. As a result, they degrade the lawn making it unsightly. Containment is, therefore, necessary.