Keeping your home completely ant-free can be a challenge, especially if you fall into one of the three categories listed below. Fortunately, no matter how ant-prone your home is, there's a simple solution.
Three Types of Households with Special Ant-Control Concerns:
Households with Small Children
Children bring a sense of wonder and whimsy to the homes that they inhabit. In their wake also come crumbs, dirt, and sticky messes. The more children in the house, the higher chance that they will leave food, drink, or some other ant-attracting substance out in the open.
Households with Pets
Although the pets themselves might not draw ants, their food dishes, litter boxes, or cages might. Although keeping such areas neat and tidy will go a long way toward discouraging ants, there's still a risk factor involved.
While living in a home that could be on a historic registry does have its advantages, it also has its drawbacks. Old houses--especially wooden structures--are susceptible to carpenter ants. Interestingly, carpenter ants do not eat wood: they simply tunnel through it as they create "galleries" for nesting.
Although some households might be more susceptible to ants than others, every house has its own risks. It seems clear, however, that if you live in a historic house with your small children and pets, you are almost guaranteed to have ant problems at some point.
The best defense against ants, of course, is to contact pest control professionals. These men and women are both well-trained and equipped to help you guard against ant infestations.