Is it a bad idea to caulk baseboards to concrete floor?
I’m sorry I’m asking so many questions lately.
We moved into our house about two months ago, and we are getting ants in our house. Somehow!!! The house is very airtight (.44ACH50), and it was caulked and sealed to high heaven, it seemed like. (Though there is no insect screen.)
We have a slab on grade home, and the finished floor is the slab. We have a baseboard and shoemoulding, but there is still tiny gaps between the floor and the shoe, big enough that ants are using it as a highway to find the smallest of crumbs of cat food.
I have been being vigilant about cleaning up crumbs, but if a cat drops a single crumb out of the bowl in the middle of the night, ants will be there in the morning. I have been using a vinegar water solution to clean up their trails, and it works for a little bit, but is not permanent.
And it’s no way to live.
So: Is it a horrible idea to caulk between the baseboards (shoe, rather) and the concrete floor to prevent ants from getting in?? I am seeing mixed things on the internet re: caulking the baseboards to the floor.
If it’s a horrible idea, does anyone have any recommendations for getting rid of these ants for good?
I think part of the problem is we live in a very sandy area, and there are ants everywhere. Which of course we did not realize until we moved in.
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