Without a doubt a structure that has none or minimal access inside will result in a structure that is hard for foraging or migrating ants to penetrate.
Ants do not exactly prefer walls. They simply follow a trail to the food and moisture source. Protection from extreme temperatures is another reason. Walls are accessed by ants through small gaps, cracks and openings that also lead them inside your home.
How to Prevent Ants from Getting into Your Walls
It is important to understand ant behaviour in the prevention of an ant infestation. Ants favour places that can provide them with food, moisture and protection. Therefore, you should not make your walls attractive for them.
It can be difficult to identify ant infestations because they are usually concealed. We would suggest that you hire a pest control professional Melbourne for this. Professional pest controllers know how to track colonies, measure the degree of infestation, and determine the best treatment.
There are products available in the market nowadays that are effective against ants. However, they are only temporary fixes and suitable for light ant problems. If the infestation is already severe, the most practical thing to do is to call a licensed pest controller Melbourne to conduct a thorough inspection and apply a more potent treatment.
If the treatment is not applied properly or if the main colony is not totally destroyed, chances are, you will have another ant problem.Listed below are common ant species that reside in walls:
Acrobat ants- they live around door and window frames. Most often in wood damaged by termites.
Argentine ants- they prefer wall gaps and insulation. Sugars and greases are their favourites.
Carpenter ants-they make tunnels in wood, decayed or not. They are common in attics, crawlspaces and columns.
Crazy ants-they can be found in plant pots and under rugs.
Little black ants- these ants nest in bricks veneer and cabinets.
Odorous ants- these ants prefer moist places so they are likely to nest near pipes.