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Tricks on Getting Rid of Ants
Ants are a big problem for many homeowners. Not only are they a nuisance, but they can also pose significant health and property risks as they contaminate food and damage wood (carpenter ants). To help keep ants out of your home, make sure you’re taking these necessary steps.
Ant Prevention Tips
Most ants thrive in moist and warm environments. Eliminate standing water and moisture in and around your home.
Don’t Leave Food Out
In addition to moisture, ants will also invade homes in search of food. You can easily help deter them by storing your food in airtight containers and cleaning up spills immediately. One tip to help remove the scent of food that was in the area is to use vinegar or lemon juice as a cleaning agent. This also disrupts ant trails left behind by scouts. Also, avoid leaving pet food and water dishes out all day.
Ants are tiny. They can fit through the smallest of cracks. Walk around your home, looking for vulnerable areas where ants may enter. Then, use caulk to seal off any crevices to help keep them out. Pay particular attention to windows and doors.
Keep Your Home Clean
Crumb-covered floors and counters can attract ants (as well as other insects). Vacuum your carpets, sweep up floors, and wipe down surfaces to remove crumbs and food odors. Also, wipe down your pantry, fridge, and stove. Another tip–avoid throwing food away in your trash bin unless you take it outside the same day. Similarly, don’t leave dirty dishes around the house or sink.
Ants are attracted to aphids for the “honeydew” they produce and will actually protect and farm them. Make sure you don’t have aphids on your indoor plants or landscaping plants near your home.
Work With a Pest Control Company
Sometimes even the best efforts can lead to an ant infestation. If you are dealing with ants in the home, contact your local pest professional. Pest control technicians are knowledgeable about the ant species native to the area. They can identify the species you have and recommend the best course of action.
Professional Ant Control Services
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