Ants in your home kitchen or bathroom can be very frustrating. Warmer weather can bring ants into your home in search of a food. Ants can locate the smallest food particles that may be left behind on a kitchen floor or counter. This is due in fact to having 5 times more odor receptors than many other insects. The first ants you may normally see are the scout ants, in search of food to sustain the colony. You can remove and eliminate the scent trails they leave behind with a regular disinfectant spray or even a solution of vinegar and water.
The best line of pest defense is prevention by the homeowner. A thorough cleaning of the area should be step one in getting house ants under control and out of your home for good. Preventative measures should start with you.
Sometimes forgotten areas to check and clean:
- Clean in and around sink drains
- Fix leaky pipes both inside and outside
- Clean the garbage disposal to remove food particles left behind
- Clean behind or underneath stove for dropped crumbs
- Pick and remove pet food bowls after your pet is done eating
- Clean the bottom of your dishwasher where residual food may be stuck
- Locate and seal up entry points around your home
- Store pantry foods in tightly sealed containers, not in plastic bags or open boxes
These simple steps can help keep ants in your home from thriving. If pests don’t find what they are looking for, they will move on.
Once you determine the ants in your home are more than you can control, your pest care professional can plan a more defensive line of attack for getting the ant situation under control. Ant identification is key to finding the correct method of pest elimination. Also, depending on how long you have had ants in your home, this may not be a one and done situation and could involve multiple visits until the colony can be located and eliminated.
No one likes to see ants marching across your bathroom or kitchen counters. If you are working with your pest provider and baiting your home for ants, resist the urge to use over the counter pest sprays or even sprays with ammonia or vinegar based solutions. This will complicate and may even extend the amount of time to get the ants out of your home. Sprays with strong scents can keep pests away from the baits. Ants are attracted to the material in the baits so they will bring back and share with the colony for pest eradication and elimination of the queen. A soapy cloth or sponge can be used to clean off food prep areas and countertops while you are working with your pest professional to get rid of ants in your home.
Correct identification and treatment of ants in and around your home are important to ensure a pest-free environment for your family. If you think you may have an ant infestation or other pest issues, contact Bio-Tech Pest Control today at 281-296-6022.