If you have never encountered ants in your home or office, count yourself among the lucky few. But if you’re like most people, you’ve fought off your share of battles against these annoying pest, whether it’s a nest of pavement ants in your garage or a parade of odorous house ants marching across your kitchen counter. There are simple steps you can take to reduce chances of unintentionally inviting ants into your home.
- Know the popular hangouts. It’s probably not surprising to hear that ants most frequently infest kitchens. After all, kitchens are full of food and water, everything ants need to survive. Bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, and in/around air conditioning are also known to attract ants.
- Eliminate water sources. Reducing moisture and standing water around your home can go a long way to help prevent ants. Repair leaky pipes, and routinely check under sinks for areas of moisture. Outside, ensure downspouts and gutters are functioning properly so that water flows away from the home’s foundation.
- Eliminate Food Sources. Keeping your kitchen tidy will help discourage ants from coming indoors. Wipe down counters and sweep floors regularly to eliminate crumbs and residue from spills. Store food in sealed pest-proof containers, and keep ripe fruit in the refrigerator. Wipe down sticky jars, especially any containing honey, syrup, soda or other sweets. Also dispose of garbage regularly.
- Don’t discount your pets. Cats, dogs and other pets can inadvertently invite ants into your home. Their food and water bowls are an attractant for pests, so be sure to keep pet bowls clean and clean up any spoiled food or water promptly. Opt to store dry pet food in a sealed plastic container rather than paper bags. Remember that ants can fit thru even the tiniest openings.
- Block off or eliminate access points. Take time to inspect the outside of your home for easy access points. Trees and bushes should be trimmed away from the home, as branches can provide highways indoors for ants. Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home with silicone caulk, paying special attention to areas where utility pipes enter.
- Don’t go it alone. Without the proper training and tools, battling ants can be an uphill battle. What’s worse, an infestation can continue to grow if it not properly treated. Some species of ants can cause serious property damage (like carpenter ants or fire ants) and can pose health issues to your family.
For more information, call our office at Lifecycle Pest Control at 954-385-2888 or visit our website at www.lifecyclepest.com. Thank you for your business!
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Life Cycle Pest Control