When people think of home infestations to fear, they usually think of termites or roaches first. However, there are plenty of reasons why an ant infestation is also something to worry about. They might not damage your home or prevent as much of a health risk but spotting a line of ants as they make their way through your home to the outside is still enough to creep out just about anyone! And if those ants bite, then you have a bigger problem.
Because they’re so small, many people think that it’s impossible to prevent ants from getting in their home. It’s not always easy, that’s for sure, but there are things you can do to make it harder for ants to set up shop in your house.
Clean Your Surfaces
Just like any other bug, ants are attracted to your home, mainly through hunger. If a scout ant finds a dirty surface in your kitchen that has food particles on it, then you can bet there will be many more to follow. This is why it’s vital to keep your surfaces clean. Clean up any spills immediately, and also take the time to wipe down all of your surfaces regularly. Don’t forget the corners of the floor, as well, as that is usually where most food particles hang out. Failing to keep your surfaces clean is by far the main way to attract ants into your home.
Store Food Properly
Because food is the main reason ants come into your house, it only makes sense to seal off any and all access before they can find it. Cleaning surfaces is one thing, but you also need to think about the food you have lying around. If you’re doing a poor job of sealing your food, you can bet ants will find it. This means you need to make sure all boxes of food are closed properly.
Check all of your containers to make sure there is a tight seal around the lid, and if you can’t seal it properly, get rid of it, as it will do you no good from now on. Don’t skimp on the baggies, either. A cheap zip-loc bag can easily be infiltrated by a determined bug, and the next thing you know, the entire bag is crawling. Ugh.
Control the Area
In addition to dealing with your food, be proactive by dealing with the ants outside your home as well. If you’ve noticed a lot of colonies forming, get rid of them before they notice your ready-made supply of food. You have to be vigilant, though, as new ant colonies always seem to be popping up!
Of course, one final solution is to call in professional help. If you would like to talk to someone about how to make your home as ant-proof as possible, don’t hesitate to contact us at Gibson Pest Control today.