Mike Red

Mike is the owner and founder of Reliable Termite Solutions with over 25+ years of experience.

How To Locate An Ant Nest?

Dealing with ants in your home or garden can be a big issue, even though they're tiny creatures. The first thing you need to do to get rid of them is find their home. In this guide, we'll explain why it's so important to find where ants live and give you some tips on how to do it.

Why Locating The Ant's Nest is Key

It's really important to find the ant nest for a few reasons. If you can find and get rid of the nest, you can wipe out the whole ant colony, not just the ants you see walking around. This is the best way to make sure you won't have the same ant problem again.

Finding The Areas with Heat and Moisture

Ants, like most living things, need water and warmth to survive. They also need heat to hatch their eggs. This means they are likely to build their nests in warm and moist areas. So, when looking for ant nests around your home or garden, you won't usually find them on the cooler, shadier side of the house. Instead, we focus on the sunny side of the home when we check for ant nests.

Our Process For Finding The Ant Nests

Follow The Ant Trail

The easiest way to find an ant nest is to follow the ants. Look for the line of ants coming out of your home and follow them to where they are coming from. They usually lead you to a warm and moist spot.

  • Areas with High Humidity Near a House
    • Ants are attracted to gardens that are regularly watered and have plants.
    • Look out for plants and shrubs that are frequently cared for.
    • Ants may build nests under or near potted plants.
    • Ants often nest under paving stones or other sun-warmed surfaces, as well as under anything in direct contact with the soil.

How To Stalk An Ant

One way to find an ant nest is by using bait. You can put some bait where you see ants and then follow the ants that pick up the bait. They will lead you back to their nest.


Finding where ants live is an important first step in getting rid of them. By watching where they go and knowing where to search, you can find their home and take steps to remove them. Keep in mind that ants like warm, damp places, so focus on looking in those areas around your home and garden. Using bait can also help you locate their home faster. With these tips, you'll be ready to deal with any ant problem using any over the counter pest products.

Additional Tips

Don't forget to keep an eye out for places where bugs might build their homes, so you can catch problems before they get out of control. Seal up any holes and cracks in and around your house to stop ants from getting inside. Make sure to keep your house and yard clean to make it less appealing to ants.

Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions or need extra help with pest control. Happy hunting for those pesky ants!

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