Ants are a very troublesome pest. Only a handful of these insects can be enough to completely infest your kitchen and getting rid of them is not an easy task. There are thousands of species of ants, and the ones you can most commonly find in your home are 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 together your home.
Despite the fact that you can find ants anywhere in your home, because of the quantities of food there, the kitchen is by far their favorite spot. The best thing to do for your home is to prevent ants from infesting your kitchen area. Here are five tips for doing exactly that – keeping your kitchen ant-free!
1. Hide your sugar.
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.
2. Be proactive.
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.
3. Seal entry holes.
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.
4. Remove 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.
5. Get rid of their food.
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.
Having an ant infestation in your home can be a big hassle. That’s why it’s best to follow these tips and prevent any ants from making your kitchen their pantry. On the other hand, if you already have an ant problem and are unable to handle it, it is always best to get in touch with a pest control specialist who can solve your problem quickly and efficiently.
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