As you are standing in the shower in the morning getting ready to start your day, the last thing you want to see is a stream of ants marching in lines across the tiles of your bathroom floor. While this is an unpleasant thing to see, it is fairly common as ants will come into the bathroom to find moisture as well as debris in the plumbing they can feast on. In addition to reaching out to a pest control company like Desert Pest Control, there are likely structural deficiencies in your bathroom inviting the pests to come in. Fixing them and having pest control come out to kill the current infestation can make the problem go away and prevent it from coming back.
Seal Your Shower
It is important for the wood studs behind the walls of your bathtub and shower to remain dry. Any time there is a leak, the water will seep into the walls and get these studs wet. Ants find warm and damp environments to be very appealing. This is what will invite them into your home as they are drawn to the smell of warm and moist wood.
In order to get rid of the ants and keep them from coming back, you need to close up any leaks causing the studs to become moist and inviting them in. Caulking all of the cracks around your shower will help. Pay special attention to any gaps of space around the tub and be sure to caulk those as well. It is vital for the shower and tub to be completely dry when you do the caulking. Furthermore, you need to give the caulk time to dry before you can use the shower again.
Keep the Bathroom Clean
Different species of ants are attracted to different things. Some ants have a strong sense of smell and are attracted to skin cells and hair. Naturally, your shower is a prime location for both human hair and skin cells. Scrubbing your shower and removing hair from the drain once or twice a week will make your bathroom less warm and inviting to these critters.
Don't Feed Them
If the ants cannot find anything to eat, they will have no choice but to go somewhere else. In addition to never bringing food in the bathroom, you should avoid dumping coffee or juice down the drain in the bathroom as well. While it looks as though the juice or coffee is gone, there is enough residue lingering in the pipes for the ants to enjoy a nice snack. Clean your drain periodically with a solution of white vinegar and baking soda just to be sure there is not a buffet in the drains in your bathroom for the ants to enjoy.
As you can see, it is vital to contact a pest control company to help eradicate the ants once they are in your home. However, there are things you need to do to prevent the ants from just coming back.