Why do ants magically appear in your house after it rains in the South of California? You haven’t seen a single one, and then, presto, a colony shows up overnight. You find yourself asking the frustrated questions, “Where are they coming from?”…and “HOW DO I GET RID OF THEM”?
Why do ants in Southern California come out after it rains?
Ants usually come inside a building either because they are being drawn to something or because they are being forced out of their tunnels. You are probably aware that they are drawn to food. That is why if you leave dirty dishes sitting out for too long, or if you spill sugar on the counter, you may start seeing lines of ants moving along your counters.
In a similar manner, when it rains in Southern California, ants are pushed out of their nests. Since ants live underground, the heavy rains flood their tunnels and force them to seek refuge elsewhere. Unfortunately, your secure building offers a nice cozy place for them to nest.
If you have lived in Southern California for any length of time, you know that it doesn’t rain too often, but when it does, it can come down pretty hard. Ants just can’t survive underground with all that water, so they are forced to pack up and move their colony indoors. Once inside, they are worse than squatters or unwanted houseguests. You will want to get rid of them as soon as possible.
Why should you exterminate ants?
Besides being annoying, ants are destructive to food and property. Additionally, they can carry diseases and health risks into your home. In some cases, ants can even be dangerous. Some people have allergic reactions to ants.
The longer you wait to get rid of the ants, the harder it will be to get rid of them. More eggs will hatch, and you will start finding them in places you would never expect. Since they are constantly multiplying, it is best to catch any potential problems in the early stages. Don’t wait until they become overwhelmingly numerous. Call an exterminator before you have an infestation.
How can you eliminate ants in your home?
Preventative measures naturally include keeping leftover food covered at all times, sealing any cracks in doors and windows, and having your property professionally treated for pests annually. Typically, ants will make their first appearance in the kitchen or near windows, so check these areas often for signs of an invasion. Proactively treat your home before the rainy season arrives. Rains in the South of California are typically their heaviest from December through March.
Remember that if you catch the problem before it fully develops, you can avoid the aggravation of multiple treatments and possible damage to your home. If you see ants in your home after it rains, call Accurate Termite and Pest Control. We offer environmentally-friendly pest control options for all types of infestations.