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  • Writer's pictureJessica Kaplan

Man vs. Ant: Why Ants Are the Ultimate Pest Challenge and How to Win


close up image of an ant on cement

The pervasive nature and collaborative tendencies of ants make them a frequent challenge for homeowners. These small explorers skillfully move through homes, forming colonies that are hard to eradicate. Unlike pests such as bed bugs, they establish temporary camps across your home, making getting rid of ants a more complex process.


What Causes Ant Infestations?

Ant infestations can arise from a range of factors. Poorly stored food, for instance, is an open invitation for ants, enticing them to explore. Additionally, ants actively search for nesting opportunities in areas like wall cracks, window gaps, or moist spaces, rapidly multiplying once a suitable colony location is found. Extreme weather conditions such as heavy rainfall or drought can drive ants indoors in search of food, shelter, and water. In addition, ants can be transported into homes through infested items, plants, or clothing.


Where Did the Ants All Come From? Common Entry Points into Your Home

When you do have an ant infestation, they can seem to multiply instantly. The key to protecting your home is to understand how they’re getting inside. Here is where diligence is a must! Often, homeowners neglect routine inspections until a problem arises, providing an opportunity for ants to swiftly invade and firmly establish trails in the living space.


It's important to regularly inspect your home for potential ant entry points, including cracks and crevices, utility lines, openings around doors and windows, as well as vents and chimneys. Identifying and sealing these points can go a long way in preventing infestations.


Additional factors such as food, moisture, strong odors, and outdoor nests near homes contribute to attracting ants. Cleaning is essential when it comes to preventing ant infestations. If you frequently deal with ants, take time every day to remove food scraps, seal everything tightly, block entryways and disrupt ant trails. These will all help make your home less appealing and harder to get into. 


Establishment and Expansion of Indoor Ant Colonies

Upon close inspection, ant colonies showcase an impressive level of organization. Ants build nests in inconspicuous areas within homes, leaving pheromone trails to communicate and establish foraging routes. Their rapid reproductive rates also contribute to the difficulty of eradication. 


Time Is of the Essence: The Importance of Addressing Ant Infestations Promptly

Addressing ant infestations quickly is critical for a number of reasons. With their remarkable organizational skills, ants can multiply rapidly, leading to larger colonies. Delaying intervention can result in structural damage, especially with species like carpenter ants that compromise the integrity of wooden structures. Additionally, ants are drawn to stored food, which can lead to contamination and potential health hazards. 


Swift action not only prevents unwanted stress associated with a more extensive eradication process but also helps reduce the risk of recurring infestations and often proves to be more cost-effective in the long run. 


So how can you get rid of ants for good?


Stop Ant Infestations With Sterifab

Sterifab is an EPA-registered virucide, disinfectant, and insecticide. In addition to killing ants, an added bonus is that it also gets rid of bed bugs, fleas, ticks, mites, and viruses, ensuring your home will be bug-free and disinfected after use.


A nonresidual spray, you can usually go back to normal use of a treated room just 15 minutes after applying Sterifab. Its versatility makes it a go-to solution for pest control professionals. (So why not use what the pros use?)


How to Use Sterifab to Kill Ants

Using Sterifab is easy. There is no need for dilution – it's ready to use. Ensure surfaces are clean, shake Sterifab well, and generously spray. Maintain a one-foot distance when using the Continuous Action or Trigger Sprayer. Let treated surfaces dry before use; for hard surfaces, wipe dry after 15 minutes.



Uplevel your cleaning and pest control routine with Sterifab. Purchase from official distributors or Amazon.



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