There are many ways an ant problem can rear its ugly head. You may be out in the yard, enjoying a hamburger, straight off the grill, when you suddenly notice that fire ants are enjoying your toes. You may wake up and put your feet down on the carpet next to the bed and have dozens of Pharaoh ants start scaling your legs. You may walk into your kitchen and find a trail of odorous house ants going from a small gap under your faucet to a dirty plate sitting next to your sink. There are many ways ants can start to become pests. The worsts is when they get into your kitchen because ants can contaminate your food. That is where we're going to focus our efforts today. Here are some steps you can take to keep those ants out of your kitchen.
Inside Ant Control
One reason most ants come in is that they find a food source and tell the other ants in their colony about it. If you prevent them from finding food sources, you can prevent large invasions from occurring. Use the following strategies:
- Keep your kitchen clean. Good sanitation is a strong deterrent for ants and other pests.
- Make sure your trash is in a sealed container.
- Put dirty dishes in a sink full of water, rather than next to the sink in a dry stack.
- Only put pet food down during meal times.
- Put fruit and other produce in the refrigerator.
Another reason ants may come into your home is because of moisture. Most ants love moisture. Here are a few ways you can make your home less vulnerable.
- Fix any plumbing leaks, especially leaky faucets.
- Add fans or dehumidifiers to humid locations such as a damp basement, an attic, or a crawlspace.
Outside Ant Control
There are many ways ants can get inside your Texas home. Do a detailed inspection all the way around the outside of your home and look for any gaps, cracks, or holes ants can use as an entry point. Look closely around windows and doors because these are common locations for entry. Ants can squeeze in through a broken seal around the outside of a window or door frame. They can get passed a damaged screen. They can slip under a door that has a damaged door sweep. And a gap in weather stripping is more than enough of an opening for ants to exploit.
Once you've sealed things up, the next step is to make your perimeter as dry as possible. Just as moisture is an attractant inside, it can be an attractant outside.
- Fix broken or obstructed gutters to prevent excessive dampness near your foundation walls.
- Trim bushes to allow better airflow around your perimeter and to keep ants from using branches as a bridge to easily get to higher entry points on your home.
- Fix leaky spigots, hoses, and pipes.
- Loosen compacted ground that allows rainwater to create puddles.
If you take these steps, your kitchen will be much more resistant to an ant invasion. Your home will also be more protected from water damage. It is a win-win.
"What if I'm already dealing with an ant infestation?"
Ants can be tricky to get rid of. Some ants eat sweets; some ants eat meats. You have to find out what food your ants will go for so you can properly bait them and destroy their colony. You also need to place your bait in the right location to make them effective. This process is best accomplished by a pest control professional. If you need assistance with ant control in East Texas, we have your back. The team at Innovative Pest Control has the training, technologies, and teamwork to solve a wide range of Texas pest problems, including ant problems of all shapes and sizes. Whether you're dealing with frustrating leafcutting ants and pavements ants, home-damaging carpenter ants, or yard pests like the red imported fire ant, we can help you get the relief you need. Get started by scheduling a free, no-obligation inspection. We'll figure out what you're up against and give you real solutions for your ant problems.