Ants are back! But did they ever really go away? Ants are a year-round pest nuisance but appear in homes more often certain times of the year. In the south, early spring is one of those times. Why? They’re in search of food and water, which they’ll likely find inside your house. Common infestation occurs in kitchens, bathrooms, and garages.
5 Easy Steps to Prevent Ants & Get Rid of Ants this Spring Season:
1. Eliminate Pest Entry Points
Ant entry points include any cracks, crevices, gaps and holes around your home’s exterior. Around pipes are common ant access areas. Seal all of these spots with a silicone-based caulk. Also keep tree branches and shrubbery trimmed so they’re not touching the house.
2. Remove Water Sources
You’ll most likely find ant infestations around leaky sinks or pipes, or anywhere there’s excess moisture. Consider using a dehumidifier in damp basements, crawl spaces or attics. Outside, ensure that downspouts and gutters are functioning properly so that water flows away from the home’s foundation.
3. Clean Your Kitchen
Wipe down counter tops and sweep floors to remove crumbs and residue from spills. Store food in sealed containers, and keep ripe fruit in the refrigerator. Also, make sure to dispose of garbage regularly.
4. Don’t Leave Pet Food Out
After mealtime, keep pet bowls clean and wipe up any spilled food or water around them promptly. Store dry pet food in a sealed plastic container rather than the paper bags they often come in, which can be easily accessed by ants, rodents and other pests.
5. Call a Pest Professional
Eliminating ants can be a challenge without the proper treatment. Some species of ants, like carpenter ants, can cause serious property damage while others can pose health threats. If you see ants in your home, contact a licensed pest control company to identify the species and recommend treatment program.
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