Ants Dropping From the Ceiling? [Here’s what to do]

Sam McGilin

Sam McGilin

Hey there, I’m Sam McGilin, the person behind Pallentor. I have worked in the pest control industry for over 15 years. On this site, I share my knowledge so you can enjoy a pest-free home.

Important Disclosure: This post could contain affiliate links. This means that if you make a purchase through any of the links, we may receive a commission at no additional cost to you.

Do ants consistently drop from your ceiling? What does this mean, and how can you get rid of it? Let’s find out!

Ants dropping from the ceiling

It is not uncommon to see ants crawling on the ceiling. It could be because they have nested in your attic or in the space between your ceiling and the floor of the above apartment (also known as the plenum space).

Here are steps you can do to get rid of ants in your ceiling:

Step 1: Property Inspection

The first step is to track the potential entry points the ants use to get to your ceiling. It includes looking for cracks in the foundation, holes in screens, gaps around doors and windows, and any other openings that lead into your home. Look for sawdust near doors and windows. Listen for any rustling noises from the ceiling, as this could signify ants nesting in the insulation. Once you’ve identified all the potential entry points, seal them with caulk or another suitable material. 

Step 2: Choosing the Best Insecticide | Ant Baits, Gels & Sprays

The next step is to choose an insecticide that will be effective against the type of ants you’re dealing with. Various products are available, including baits, gels, and sprays. Be sure to consider the label carefully for your safety, and follow the directions for best results. Some insecticides are too strong for indoor use and should only be used outdoors.

Furthermore, insecticide application methods will vary depending on the product you select. Baits, for example, are placed in areas where ants are commonly seen. Gels and sprays, on the other hand, can be applied directly to surfaces where ants are present.

Step 3: The Aftermath

After treatment, it’s essential to monitor the situation and ensure that children and pets have no contact with the insecticide. Follow the instructions on the label and any other precautions recommended by the manufacturer. Also, to ensure the ants are gone for good, keep your home clean and free of food debris and monitor for any new ant activity. If you see any ants, treat them immediately so they don’t have a chance to establish a new nest.

How do ants get on the ceiling?

There are ways that ants can get on the ceiling. They usually crawl in from a small hole in the attic or a broken window screen.

And finally, some ant species can fly, so they can fly and move directly on the ceiling. They could be attracted to the light, or usually, they have nested in the space above your ceiling (plenum space)

What attracts ants in your home?

Generally, ants are attracted to food sources and moisture. If you have crumbs or spills on your floor, that can attract ants. Even pet food left out can attract ants. Ants are also attracted to moisture, so if you have leaks in your ceiling, that could be another reason ants are present.

It is also understandable why ants can be attracted to nest up on ceilings. After all, ceilings are made of wood, are dark, and offer protection from the elements. Hence, it can be ideal for ants to establish a home. 

Given these factors, the best way to prevent ants from being attracted to your home is to keep it clean and free of food debris and repair any leaks. 

If someone you know, owns a restaurant and has issues with ants, please share our article on how to get rid of ants in a restaurant with them.