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Home Improvement  /  June 20, 2019

How to Keep Ants Away From Your Gutters

Gutters are among the favorite places of ants to build their home. Due to the amount of dirt and debris they collect over time, gutters provide an ideal home for these tiny insects. Neglect your gutters for a long time and this buildup will eventually trap water and possibly cause drainage problems.

If there are two things that ants need to thrive in an area, you can bet that those are dirt and moisture. Having a few ants in your home may seem tolerable at first, but leaving the situation as is can eventually take a turn for the worse. Since it’s common for ants to hollow out wood when they’re nesting, you can end up dealing with structural damage.

To avoid serious ant problems in the future, make sure to follow these tips from home maintenance experts at Handyman Connection® of Mason.

1. Clean Your Gutters

You only need to check the gutters at least twice a year, so this shouldn’t be too much to add to your to-do list. However, if you have pine trees, you might want to schedule your gutter cleaning on a quarterly basis. This may seem like a lot of effort, but keeping your gutters clean is a fairly simple chore compared to the bigger problem you might be facing when a colony of ants decides to stay in your home.

2. Trim Bushes and Tree Branches

Keep the bushes and tree branches away from the gutters. Ants could use these to reach your gutters so don’t make it easy for them to travel from the ground to your roof line.

3. Use Baits and Ant Repellents

You can try baits and ant repellents. However, take note that these may not work on certain species of ants. Also, for more serious ant problems, it might be best to give experts a call. Since they have the qualifications to take care of the problem, you can rest assured that appropriate and effective methods will be used.

Handyman Connection of Mason is trusted by customers when it comes to home maintenance. With our extensive experience in home maintenance and remodeling, you can be sure of quality work. Call us at (513) 733-3777 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.

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