Summer isn’t only about vacations, ice cream and days at the beach, but it also means increased insect activity, such as ants in the kitchen, or more bees and wasps buzzing around outside. Sightings of ants in the kitchen is one of the top reasons people initially contact us. Over recent weeks these calls have increased for homeowners with concerns of ants in their kitchens and homes and what they can do to deter them.
Get rid of ants in the kitchen or your home
Different species of ants include black ants, fire ants, crazy ant, odorous house ants and carpenter ants. All are pretty similar in that they forage for food and water leaving a pheromone trail for others to follow, which can lead to an infestation. If there are pavement ants or carpenter ants then these can get into the structure and cause even more problems.
By following some simple steps you can deter ants in the kitchen and home by;
- Clean up any spills of liquids and stray crumbs immediately. Paying close attention to areas around appliances such as the stove, toasters and refrigerators. Any crumbs or spills are just inviting trouble in and giving them access to a food source.
- Store food in sealed containers. By doing so, you are securing the food source making it undesirable.
- Empty trash daily and ensure it’s kept in a sealed container. Rotting foods will omit odors and ants as well as other insects can detect these.
- Eliminate standing water, checking potential problem areas like under sinks, in and around the bathroom area and crawl spaces.
- Seal cracks and crevices around your home such as around windows, doors and baseboards. These are potential entry points and by sealing them, you are closing out the pests.
- Once your pet has eaten remove any left over food.
All insects need access to food, water and shelter and by eliminating these you are thereby deterring them and making your home appear an unattractive haven to them.
If you do see ants in the kitchen or any other part of your home, we don’t recommend you spray them. Yes it will get rid of the ones you see, but it’s won’t resolve the ant issue. The trail has already been left by the scouting ants and it’s important to get to the source of the ant colony in order to completely get rid of ants in your home. Sometimes an expert is required in such circumstances and finding one who you can trust in getting rid of any ant or pest problem you may have will save you some time, money and effort in the long run, not to mention the safety aspect of any pesticides being used.