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Can Ants Cause Damage In Your Home?

Updated: Jan 24

Ants gathering on a sidewalk

Ants are a common household pest that can cause a variety of problems, including damage to your home. The most common types of ants we have here in Southern California are carpenter, argentine, and fire ants.

Contaminating Food Sources

We may see them as harmless pests that get into your food or invade areas of your home, but they can actually do some damage if left unchecked.

Ants can contaminate food sources, which can make you sick. This is especially dangerous if they contaminate the food that you are planning to eat soon or later down the road.

Can Ants Damage House Foundations?

Ants can most certainly cause significant damage around your home.

Ants can eat through wood, so they can also damage your kitchen cabinets.

This can be a major problem if they eat through the cabinets that store your food, as this could contaminate the food and make you sick.

Chewing through electrical wires and insulation

These creatures can gnaw on electrical wiring, posing fire risks. The real concern arises when they target live wires, which might lead to sparks or short circuits. Moreover, they may compromise your home's insulation, affecting its energy efficiency.

Chewing through drywall

Ants can also chew through drywall, which can cause structural damage to your home. Notably, if they compromise weight-bearing portions, it poses the risk of potential collapses. Besides structural implications, it might also aesthetically degrade your walls.

ant infestation in Riverside, CA

Here are some tips to help prevent ants from infesting your home:

  • Seal up any cracks or holes in your home's foundation or exterior.

  • Keep your home clean and free of food crumbs and other debris. Ants are attracted to food, so it's important to keep your home clean and free of food crumbs and other debris that could attract them.

  • Store food in sealed containers.

  • Avoid leaving pet food out overnight. Pet food is a major attraction for them, so it's important to avoid leaving it out overnight.

  • Periodically inspect your living space for any signs of their presence. This will help you to identify any infestations early on when they are easier to treat.

By following these tips, you can help keep ants out of your home and prevent them from causing damage.

If you have any questions or concerns about getting rid of ants or need professional help, please contact Pest Assassin today. We would be happy to help you get rid of these tiny pests and keep your home clean.

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