How to Get Rid of Ants in the Kitchen

Ants in the Kitchen?

You’re not alone. Our phones have been ringing non-stop for the last few weeks with one common problem: ANTS IN THE KITCHEN. So you may be asking yourself: 1) Why are they here? 2) How can I get rid of them? 3) How can I keep them from coming back? 4) Should I call a pest control company?

Why are Ants in the Kitchen?

Let’s start with why you’re suddenly seeing ants. Ants are always looking for food. Most likely, your kitchen has food. Simple. But maybe you don’t have any food laying around, easily accessible to the ants. No spills or messes left uncleaned. And still… those pesky ants are trailing around your sink or across the countertops. Why? They’re foraging for food and even the smallest supply (that you can’t even see) will keep them busy for days.

How to Get Rid of Ants?

Next question: How to get rid of ants? Start with the basics. Clean any kitchen spills immediately. Wash dirty dishes after using them. Take the trash out daily. Don’t leave any unsealed food out. Kill any ants you see with a household pest product and clean the areas thoroughly. Try and find where the ants are coming in. Clean these areas too and seal any points of entry. Apply an ant bait product near entry points, preferably on the outside of your home so the ants don’t have to come back inside to eat the bait. The goal here is for the ants to take the bait back to their colony, therefore¬†eliminating the source.

How to Prevent Ants?

So now that you’ve eliminated the ants you’re seeing today, how can you keep them out tomorrow and the next day? The answer isn’t as simple. Ants are everywhere and they are constantly looking for food to feed their colony. You can eliminate one tribe and another will appear within days or weeks. This is why preventative pest control is so important and necessary.

DIY or Professional Pest Control?

If you have the time and patience for DIY pest control, you should repeat the above process regularly, in addition to treating the perimeter of your home with some type of granular pesticide. Or you can save time and your sanity and call a pest control company.

Our comprehensive pest control service covers ant control and so much more. Trained technicians will inspect your home quarterly for current pest infestations or entry points, treat and correct these issues, and implement treatment methods that will prevent future infestations. Our unique pest control program, NorPest Green, utilizes the latest professional products (all of which are completely environmentally, kid and pet friendly) and equipment, and comes with a pest-free guarantee.

For more information or to schedule a free pest inspection, visit our pest control services page or call (888) 466-7849. If you’re seeing a few ants now, most likely there are hundreds more that you can’t see. Our advice: act quickly before the ants takeover and move into other parts of your home.

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830 Kennesaw Ave MariettaGA30060 USA 
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Mouse Control

The house mouse is a small, slender rodent, weighing 0.5 to 1 ounce, with relatively large ears, and a pointed snout. The tail is as long as the head and body together, and coloration varies from light to dark gray. Droppings are rod shaped and inch in size or less. The house mouse can subsist without a free water supply and generally maintains a territory 10 to 30 feet in size.

A difficult mouse problem generally calls for the use of snap traps or glueboards. Use traps in large numbers wherever you find droppings, food sources, and signs of gnawing. Traps should be placed perpendicular and close to the wall, behind furniture, and behind or to the side of large appliances. A line or concentration of droppings is usually an indication of a rodent runway; mice repeatedly travel back and forth across the area, and this runway is an excellent location to place traps. Also, look for openings in the wall behind stoves and under dishwashers or adjacent cabinets, these are frequently entrance points for rodents; traps placed to either side of the opening can give quick results. Drop ceilings are also a very common area for rodent runways. In a drop ceiling, mice will travel along under ducts and near electrical lines as well as the walls.

Exclusion work on the exterior should be done with copper or steel wool, foam, and small wire mesh. A mouse can squeeze through an opening the size of a dime, so a technician will want to seal entrance points thoroughly. Proper weather stripping and exterior doors that close tightly will reduce both insect and rodent problems.

At Northwest Exterminating, our inspectors will do a thorough inspection to determine a plan to control mice in your home. Mouse control is covered under our NorPest Green Pest Control Program. Call us today – 888.466.7849 – or click here to schedule a free inspection.


Bennett, G. W., J. M. Owens, and R. M. Corrigan, Trumans Scientific Guide to Pest Control Operations 5th edition Cleveland, OH: Advanstar Communications, 1997. 329-331 pp


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Northwest Exterminating can help with TAP – Thermal Accoustical Pest Control Insulation. What makes it different from other insulation products?

1. It’s a loose-fill cellulose insulation that is composed of 87% recycled newsprint.

2. It provides permanent pest protection in your attic.

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5. You’ll feel noticeable temperature differences in your home right away. If you live in Georgia, your AC is probably running ALL the time and still not keeping your house as cool as you would like. TAP keeps the hot air out and the cool air in…without your HVAC system having to work overtime. This will also reduce your energy cost by up to 30%!

Call Northwest today – 888.466.7849 – and start saving money!


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Savannah Magazine recently released the results for the 2010 Best of Savannah Homes. Northwest ranked number 2 in Best Green Business and number 2 in Best Pest Control Company…quite an honor!

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Termites in Atlanta…facts and myths

If you live in the Atlanta, GA area, chances are you know what termites are…and that they eat houses.

Here’s some information you may NOT know…

Common Myths:

  • Termites can chew through concrete
  • Termites are like ants
  • Termites colonies have a king and a queen
  • Only the queen can lay eggs (true for most ants)
  • Ants and termites will kill each other
  • Aerial nests can happen
  • Termite colonies contain millions of individuals
  • All termites eat live trees
  • All termites make carton nests
  • Water will drown termites
  • Old exterminating products worked better than current ones
  • Termite baits don’t work
  • Termites must have moisture to survive


  • Termites can fit through a 1/32″ crack
  • Termite colonies consist of males and females
  • Termite colonies have one queen and potentially many kings
  • There are many sources of eggs in a mature termite colony
  • Ants and termites can be found together
  • Most termites colonies come from the ground and go up
  • Native termite colonies contain hundreds of thousands of individuals
  • Formosan termites eat live trees
  • Formosan termites can live away from the ground – carton nests
  • Formosan termites survived the flooding of New Orleans
  • Exterminating products lasted longer in the past…at the expense of our environment. Today’s products are just as effective, but with a lower environmental impact.
  • Termite baits must be ingested to work
  • Dry wood termites do not require water to survive

Occasional Invaders in the Spring

Spring brings with it many insects emerging from their winter hibernation. The multi-colored asian lady bug, or ladybird beetle, the boxelder bug, and the cluster fly are all common invaders in the early spring. The life cycle of each of these pests depends upon overwintering in a sheltered location during the winter. That sheltered location usually ends up being the walls of a residential home.

The life cycle and appearance of these insects is very different from one another. Lady bugs are beetles that undergo complete metamorphosis and are usually beneficial insects, until they invade our homes. Boxelder bugs are true bugs with gradual metamorphosis. Boxelder bugs suck the sap from boxelder trees and related species (maple family among others) during the spring and summer months. Their bright red nymphs can often be seen at the base of trees during the late spring and early summer months. Cluster flies are a particularly annoying pest. Cluster flies are very similar in appearance to house flies, but their life cycle is very different. Cluster flies are parasites of earthworms until they have reached adulthood. Cluster flies tend to cause the greatest distress in homeowners when they appear indoors in large numbers. These disparate insects have one thing in common, each of them will invade the walls of a home in order to overwinter.

These pests will overwinter in a southern exposure (sunny side) inside the walls of a home. They will emerge when the temperatures hover in the 60′s or higher for several days in a row. In a perfect world, these insects would always find their way back outside, but, unfortunately, individuals end up getting lost and find their way to the interior of the home. Window and door frames, baseboard cracks, and vents are common places for these insects to emerge inside.

Control efforts are usually confined to crack and crevice treatments around their emergence points. Dusts, sprays, or aerosols can be used to prevent more insects from entering from those locations. Individuals on the interior are best controlled with a vacuum.

On the exterior, these insects will often congregate in large numbers at the foundation, and around doors and windows. A residual spray applied to these locations will usually take care of the problem, however, more than one treatment may be necessary when large numbers are present.