Ants can be one of the biggest nuisances for you and your family. In fact, a survey conducted by OnePoll for Zevo indicated that ants are the third most hated pest, trailing behind cockroaches and spiders. Even though ants don’t directly harm humans, people clearly do not want them invading their homes. They travel in large packs, spread bacteria, and can even cause damage to structures. Just like any pest problem, it’s best to be proactive by keeping the critters out of your house. Because once they enter, it can be tough to get rid of them on your own. So, here are 5 helpful tips to keep ants out of your house.
If you try these tips and they still aren’t working, then don’t hesitate to call the experts at Urban Desert Pest Control. Handling ant infestations is one of our specialties. We’ll even provide you with a free quote depending on your situation.
Seal off Food and Throw Away Scraps
The biggest reason why ants enter a home is because of food and water. This especially happens in the summer once the weather is hotter, because water sources dry up and get scarce. So, ants will seek refuge in your home.
They’ll try to enter if they can smell sweet food, which means putting food in storage containers will play a part in stopping them from wanting to enter. Of course, they’re also attracted to the scraps left behind, so wiping surfaces frequently, vacuuming as needed, and throwing trash in a sealed bag is a great preventative measure as well.
Seal off Cracks around Your Home
Ants can enter through tiny openings around the perimeter of your house. You can keep them out by putting caulk in any crevices or holes around your house where they may be entering. This can especially be helpful in dark, humid areas, like your basement or attic. Door frames and window sills are also common places for ants to sneak in.
Thorough Cleaning Against Pheromones
Ants are largely driven by smell, and they can be attracted to the scent of scout ants, which you may first encounter invading your home. Just killing those initial ants is not enough. You will need to clean any infested areas effectively to remove the scent trail, specifically with strong cleaning products or a vinegar solution to repel the initial scent.
Speaking of ants and smell, there are some natural deterrents, which you probably already have, that will keep ants away, including:
- Baby Powder
- Mint or peppermint oil
- Bay leaves
You can sprinkle these substances at any suspected entry points, on your counter, or even floors. Leave them there overnight, and clean in the morning. These strong scents deter ants from entering in the first place or even staying near the protected areas.
If the above tips aren’t working well, the next solution would be to purchase ant bait from your hardware or grocery store. These come in spray, gel, or strips. Like the prior tip, just leave or spray at suspected entry points. You’ll see the results shortly.
Arizona especially can be a problem for ant infestations. That’s why it’s important to be smart by proactively preventing them from entering your home. If the problem persists, it’s best to contact the experts. They know how to quickly, discreetly, and effectively get rid of your ant or any other pest problems. Urban Desert Pest Control can also regularly visit your home and spray the perimeter with our state-of-the-art chemicals.
About Urban Desert Pest Control
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