See ants coming out of your outlets? If so, that could mean that they’ve built a nest in your walls—in the midst of electrical wiring.
Unfortunately, that’s a problem because ants can eventually damage your home’s electrical equipment.
Don’t worry, though. In this article we’ll explain…
For starters, let’s take a closer look at why ants create electrical trouble...
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Nobody knows for sure why ants are attracted to electricity, but we know it’s a common occurrence for homeowners to find them crawling out of outlets.
Now, ants in your outlets can cause damage in 2 ways:
When ants get inside your home’s walls, they’ll often chew through wires which causes them to be electrocuted and can create an electrical short.
Now, you’d think this would stop ants from going near electrical equipment once they see other ants being electrocuted, right? Well, that’s not actually the case. You see, ants release scented chemicals called pheromones from their abdomen when they’re in danger. These pheromones act like a smoke signal that attracts other worker ants to come to the rescue.
When other ants come to help and touch electrocuted ants, the current will pass through to them and electrocute them as well. If this happens inside of an electrical switch or appliance, after enough dead ants build up, the switch could shut off or the appliance could malfunction.
Ants can also cause damage by building nests inside your walls. Ants often bring in outside soil, which contains moisture. This moisture can cause corrosion to appliances and electrical wiring/components.
So, if your air conditioner suddenly shuts off, or you randomly lose power to electrical appliances, ants could be to blame. Now we’ll show you how to fix the problem...
Hire a pest removal specialist. The specialist will...
Follow these steps to prevent ants from harming your electrical equipment:
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