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Can ants live in gutters?

Can ants live in my gutters? Yes! Ants can and do live pretty much everywhere. There are over a thousand species of ants. They all have different habits, likes, dislikes, habitats, etc. How and where ants live will of course vary depending on what part of the world you live in, as well as what type of ant you are dealing with.

Why is it important to know where ants are living?

If you are constantly getting ants in your house, and you are trying to get rid of them, knowing where they are coming from is crucial in being able to get rid of them. If the ants are coming down into your home from the gutters, applying a broadcast granular treatment on the ground around the outside of the home likely won’t do you any good.

How do I deal with ants living in my gutters?

  1. Use bait products to attract and kill the ants.
  2. Keep gutters clean of debris. Dirt and leaf debris in gutters can provide ants with the food and nutrients that they need for survival.
  3. Make sure that gutters drain properly. Ants love moist conditions. If you have areas of standing water, ants will be more likely to live in such an area.
  4. Keep trees and bushes off of the house and away from the roof line / gutters. Ants can use branches to easily access your roof and gutters.

Ants can be very sneaky and very resourceful. If you are dealing with ants, spend some time to do some good detective work to determine the source of your problem. A little bit more time in the beginning will likely save you a lot of grief down the road.