Attracted to moisture and food, it’s no wonder that ants may take up residence in your kitchen. With leftover crumbs on counters, partially opened food containers in the pantry, and running water in the sink, ants are easy to attract to your kitchen through everyday bad habits without realizing. One of the last things you want to find when preparing your breakfast in the morning is a trail of ants crawling all over your food. That’s why our expert team of exterminators here at A-Action Pest Control has put together this handy list of tips to make your kitchen as unattractive to ants as possible.
- Keep your food tightly sealed. Put the open food in your pantry into plastic containers with tight-fitting lids. Wipe down the side of bottles of foods like honey to reduce the food remnants that ants are attracted to.
- Wipe your counters with vinegar. Ants are repelled by the scent of vinegar. By using a solution of equal parts water and distilled vinegar to wipe down your kitchen, you can get remove the remnants of ant trails and disinfect your home in an environmentally-friendly way.
- Keep tree limbs and shrubs trimmed away from your home. When trees and shrubs touch your home, they can provide a bridge for ants to enter your home, even bypassing treatments put in place to repel them.
- Tightly seal trash cans. Your average bag of kitchen trash is full of food scraps that ants love. By tightly sealing your trash can, taking food scraps out of the house, and keeping your outdoor trash can far from the house, you can keep ants at bay.
- Seal up cracks and gaps. Using caulk or another type of gap sealant, fill any cracks and gaps around windows, doors, baseboards, and other openings. Ants can find their way through even the tiniest of cracks!
- Tidy up. Especially after eating, make sure to wipe down counters, sweep crumbs off the floor, and on occasion, do a deep clean of your kitchen to get those hard-to-reach spots that accumulate dirt and food crumbs.
Need To Get Rid of Ants in Your Home?
Even if you’re doing everything right, it’s still possible you may find ants in your home. Not only are ants annoying to have around, they can be a pain to get rid of as well. You can easily kill the ants you see, but more will take their place. This is because worker ants take food back to the queen of the colony, leaving behind scent trails for other ants to follow. When you need to get rid of ants in your home once and for all, it’s best to call a professional. With recurring pest control treatments, you can get rid of existing ant problems and prevent them from ever coming back. A-Action Pest Control proudly offers ant control services in Illinois and Wisconsin, so you can get back to enjoying your kitchen—free from ants!