Ants can be a nuisance in any home, and if not dealt with promptly, they can become a full-blown infestation. As a pest control company, we understand the importance of eliminating ants from your home or business to protect you and your family from the damages they can cause. Here are five ways you can prevent ants from entering your home in the first place.
1. Keep Surfaces Clean
Just like any other pest, ants are always on the lookout for food and water sources. Don’t let that be your home! Making sure surface areas are clean and free of water and crumbs is important to maintaining a pest-free environment. This includes leftover food, dirty dishes, and any spills, which should also be cleaned up as soon as possible to avoid attracting ants into your home.
2. Store Food Properly
In addition to making sure food and crumbs are cleaned up regularly and quickly in your kitchen, it is also important to make sure you store your food in sealed, air-tight containers to restrict pests’ access. This also applies to pet food, which is often sold in paper bags making it more easily accessible to ants as compared to storing in airtight containers.
3. Seal Cracks and Easy Access Points
If you think you may have an ant infestation or are concerned about ants in your home it is important to do a thorough inspection of the cracks and crevices around your windows, doors, and foundation of your home that could be easily accessible to ants. Make sure to seal any of these potential entrance points with caulk and check on them occasionally to make sure sealant hasn’t broken down or degraded.
4. Remove Ant Trails
If you are concerned that ants have already entered your home it is important to take note of where ants have entered your home and to clean any trails they may have left with a vinegar/water solution. Ants will send out scouts that leave scent trails for the rest of the colony to follow, so it is important to wipe down any areas where they may have left these trails. This will deter ants from finding ways to the potential food sources in your home.
5. Don’t Handle it On Your Own
An important part of controlling or preventing an ant infestation is recognizing when you need help from professionals. Ant infestations that are not properly treated can lead to damage in your home and should be eliminated before it grows any bigger. Our pest control experts are always available to help by identifying ant species, locating likely entry points, and determining a course of action that fits your needs.
Are you in need of pest control? Whether you’re being overrun by ants or an explosion of unwanted insects, we’ll be able to help you reclaim your home. Reach out to us today.