Ants can be a big problem for homeowners. These tiny pests have a sharp sense of smell, and they can find sources of food and water quickly and accurately. You can leave just a few crumbs on your counter, and ants will find them. Leave crumbs out on your counter consistently, or fail to clean up even a few drops of juice or other liquid that has fallen on your floors or countertops, and you’re likely to see ants appear.
Ants can come for your garbage, your kitchen debris, or your garbage disposal. Not only can these ants be a nuisance, but they can also be a health hazard. They can get into your packaged food and they can spread bacteria on your kitchen surfaces. You need to call a pest control company to deal with these pests before they wreak havoc.
You can certainly try DIY pest control measures, but you will quickly find that these are not usually effective. In addition to working with an East Valley pest control technician, you can take these steps to keep ants out of your home (both to prevent them from coming in and to bolster the pest services you are getting):
Ants can definitely just walk right into your home if you are leaving the door open. But usually, they come in through small cracks around your windows, your door frame, and your home’s foundation. You can help keep them out by having these cracks and gaps sealed up tight. You can try to do this work yourself, but you are likely to miss some gaps, giving you the false sense that your home is protected when it is not. Hire a professional to do the work so you can be sure that your home is a fortress against ants and other pests.
Ants are tiny. A single crumb of food can be a meal for them. You are going to have to tighten your standards for cleanliness if you are going to keep ants out of your kitchen. Leaving behind even a crumb or a drop can make your kitchen welcoming to ants. You will need to get in the habit of cleaning up every scrap as soon as you are done cooking or eating.
Most boxes that food comes in are pretty easy for ants to enter. You need to get in the habit of transferring foods that come in loose boxes or bags to airtight containers that will keep ants out. You should also get in the habit of putting fruits or produce in the refrigerator or in airtight containers. Ditto for pet food.
Ants don’t discriminate on food. The food your pets eat is just as good as the food you eat to an ant. Make sure you are only feeding your pets what they will eat when they will eat it so that the food does not stay in the bowls. When your pets are done eating, make sure you clean the bowls. Even those crumbs and smears will be enough to give an ant a meal.
Yard debris can also make for cozy homes for ants, drawing them closer to your house. You should clean up yard debris to keep ants as far away from your home as possible. Trim back trees and bushes, and pick up any piles of debris.
Having ants in your home can be much more than a nuisance. They can pose a health hazard, and their constant presence can be embarrassing when you have guests in your home. You can take these steps to minimize the risk of having ants in your home, but if the ants have already gotten inside, it’s best to call a reputable Gilbert pest control company to remove them quickly and efficiently.
Varsity Termite and Pest Control offers reliable pest services in Phoenix and the surrounding area. We can get rid of an ant infestation quickly, and we can put measures in places to prevent the ants from coming back. We offer pest control solutions for a variety of pests common to Phoenix area homes, including roaches, termites, scorpions, roof rats, pigeons, and more. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and inspection with an experienced pest control technician to learn more about our effective pest control solutions.