There are over 12,000 species of ants worldwide and only a small handful of them is enough to totally invade your kitchen. Ants found indoors are usually the Argentine ant, the Pharaoh ant, and the Pavement ant, and if you are really unlucky you might have the Carpenter ant, well-known for destroying the wood that holds up your home.
Ants can be found in any room in your house, but the kitchen is their favorite habitat. Even if you have never seen an ant around, it is important to keep your kitchen clean at all times to prevent them from entering. When it comes to preventing ants in the kitchen, certain aspects are very important to keep in mind.
Ants have a sweet tooth.
Sugar is high-energy food for ants, and they are attracted to anything that contains it. Make sure ants cannot easily find sugar in your kitchen by keeping sweet things and other similar foods in tightly sealed containers. If you spill sugar or something containing sugar, like juice or soda, make sure to wipe it up immediately and completely. If you spot one or two scout ants in your kitchen, you can use prevention measures to keep others from following. Seal all of your food in containers to force them to go someplace else in search of food. This method works since ants follow the chemical trails left by other ants who did find food.
You need to do some of your own scouting work if you have noticed ants in your kitchen. Follow the first ants to see what they are using to enter and leave your home. If you don’t know, be proactive and seal all entry holes you can find by using caulk, glue, plaster, or some other sealant.
Erase their trails.
Ants leave a scented trail that other ants follow, so it is important to remove those trails if you have seen ants in your kitchen. This tip can be easily followed if you mix one part vinegar with three parts water in a spray bottle and spray it wherever you have spotted ants. Another method for destroying scent trails is spraying lemon juice around the places you think ants are using for entryways.
Clear things away.
After you have finished your meal, do not leave dirty dishes in the sink, or thoroughly rinse any leftover food off plates. Ants also love crumbs so make sure to clean your toaster regularly. Vacuuming out your pantry and cupboards from time to time is also helpful.
Preventing ants in the kitchen is important because ant infestations can be really troublesome. These are just methods to prevent ants from entering your kitchen or destroying a couple of ants you have spotted. If ants are already nesting indoors and you have noticed them in large numbers, you should contact a pest control professional to address the ant problem.
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