Ants can be very annoying house pests. Some are known to contaminate your food – making it unsafe for consumption, while others can bite you when you’re trying to relax. If you have an ant control problem, you might consider following the steps below to rid your home of these bothersome pests.
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Find their favorite spots
It’s crucial to identify their most popular hideouts. One of the most common locations is the kitchen, because of the easy access to food and the ideal environmental conditions. Kitchens are usually high in moisture content, which is perfect for ants to thrive. People often leave uncovered foods on counter tops, which ants can get to and feed upon. Ants can also carry food from the kitchen to their hiding spaces (strong little buggers). Bathrooms and basements are among their most favorite places to hide. These areas are typically damp, have dripping water or moisture in the air.
Eliminate leaks and standing water
As mentioned earlier, ants thrive in moist areas. Therefore, it’s essential to eliminate the sources of this wetness. Check under sinks and repair any leaking pipes. Look outside the house for standing water and drain it. Check for clogs in the gutters and clear them to ensure that water flows freely and does not accumulate.
Eliminate available food sources
Tidy up your kitchen frequently. Always clean your kitchen after every meal to minimize any stray scraps of food that ants might feed upon. Wipe your counters with sanitizing cleaning agents to eliminate sugar residue. This type of residue attracts a lot of ants, so it’s very important to clean the counters regularly. Sticky jars and cups that contain honey and syrups should also be wiped clean. Always cover your trashcans and empty them on a regular basis, or when they’re full (wouldn’t your mother be proud).
Don’t forget your pets
Cats and dogs can easily cause an ant control problem by bringing them into your house in their fur. Bathe your pets and clean their eating bowls frequently to decrease the likelihood that they attract ants from outside. Store dry pet food in sealed plastic containers (ants don’t have a discriminating palate).
Block off or eliminate access points
Make sure to regularly inspect your home for points of access. Most ants enter houses from the ground or through gaps around door and window frames. Fill any spaces with caulk or similar waterproof sealants. You might also apply pesticides or insecticides to keep ants away.
Don’t do it alone
If you follow the steps above and find that you still have a big ant problem, hire someone with specialized training. Infestations can lead to health issues for you and your home. For example, carpenter ants can destroy wood if not properly eliminated. It’s much smarter to invest a few dollars now to safely eliminate your ant issue, than allow it to grow and potentially cost you thousands to replace walls and rafters later.