If you’re like most people who have an experience with these pestering ants, then you’ve had your fair share of struggles with this insect, whether it’s a colony of pavement ants in your garage or a procession of stinky house ants crawling across your kitchen counter.
There are, however, some basic precautions that homeowners may take to lessen the likelihood of unintentionally attracting ants into their houses.
1. Be Aware Of The Most Popular Spots
It’s perhaps no surprise that ants are most commonly seen in kitchens. After all, kitchens are full of food and water, which ants (and other pests) require to thrive. Ants are known to congregate in bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, basements, inside walls, and in/around air conditioning and heating devices.
2.Remove Food Sources
Keeping your kitchen clean will assist in keeping ants away from your home. Wipe down surfaces and sweep floors regularly to remove crumbs and spill residue. Food should be stored in pest-proof containers, and ripe fruit should be kept in the refrigerator. Wipe sticky jars, particularly those holding honey, syrup, soda, or other sweets. Finally, utilize trashcan lids and dispose of rubbish regularly.
3. Remove All Water Sources
Reduced dampness and standing water around your property might help avoid ants. Repair leaking pipes and inspect beneath sinks for moisture regularly. Consider utilizing a dehumidifier in damp basements, crawl spaces, or attics. Outside, ensure the downspouts and gutters are working correctly so that water flows away from the house’s base.
4.Limit Or Remove Access Points
Examine the outside of your home for simple entrance points. Trees and shrubs should be pruned away from the house since their branches might serve as ant highways. Seal any exterior cracks and crevices with silicone caulk, giving specific attention to locations where utility pipes enter.
5.Don’t Disregard Your Pets
Cats, dogs, and other pets might unintentionally bring ants into your home. Pests are attracted to pet food and water bowls, so keep them clean and pick up any spilled food or water immediately. Dry pet food should be stored in a sealed plastic container rather than the paper bags it usually comes in, which ants and other pests may readily reach. Inspect dog and cat doors to ensure that pests cannot enter. Remember that ants can fit through the smallest of openings.
6. Avoid Doing It Alone
Fighting ants may be difficult without the correct training and equipment. Worse, if an infestation is not adequately handled, it will spread. Some ants, such as carpenter ants, can actually cause significant property damage, while others, such as fire ants, might endanger your family’s health. Don’t do it alone; contact a professional pest control company to help you prevent ants from entering your home.
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