Ants are resilient pests. They’re active year-round, often seen in overwhelming numbers, and resistant to a lot of pest control methods. While getting rid of ants may seem like an impossible feat, we’re here to tell you that it is possible. Here’s what you can do to get rid of ants in your home this summer.
1. Eliminate Sources of Moisture
Just like us, ants need water to survive. This time of year especially, they’re in search of a steady water source. Repair leaky plumbing, use dehumidifiers in damp basements, attics and/or crawlspaces to keep the spaces dry, keep gutters clean, and remove any sources of moisture around your home’s perimeter.
2. Keep a Clean House
Just like water, ants are looking for food. Even the smallest amount can satisfy ants and keep them coming back for more so be sure to clean up spills immediately, wipe away crumbs, clean behind appliances, and take out the trash daily. Keep food sealed in storage containers and consider storing fruit in the refrigerator.
3. Don’t Leave Pet Food Out
Remove your pet’s bowls every day after they’ve eaten and store their food in sealed containers. If left our or in dog food bag, you’ll attract ants and other pests.
4. Create a Pest-Proof Barrier
Even if you have food and water sources in your home for ants, they won’t be able to access them if they can’t get inside. Do a thorough check of you home, looking for any cracks & crevices, holes around doors & windows, gaps around plumbing pipes, and seal up any of these areas with a silicone-based caulk. Not sure where to look? Contact a pest control company. Your exterminator will do an inspection of your home as part of a pest control program, and recommend areas to be corrected or offer repair solutions.
5. Quarterly Pest Control Treatments
To get rid of ants and other pests, and to prevent them from coming back, consider hiring a professional pest control company. Most treatment plans consist of quarterly treatments and cover a wide range of pests – ants, roaches, spiders, mice, and more. Get started by requesting a free pest control quote.