The kitchen area is one of an ant’s favorite spots in your home and an infestation is something all homeowners will likely experience at some point. Wondering why ants are inviting themselves into your kitchen? Here are 5 questions you should ask yourself:
1. Is it clean?
Ants are easy to please — all they ask for is food and water, making your kitchen their ideal place to call home! Take extra cleaning measures to remove the temptation for ants to enter your kitchen:
- Properly store and cover food (especially sugary sweets, honey, syrup, etc.)
- Remove any free standing water in or around your sink
- Wipe up food residue, clean spills, and sweep up crumbs (even in those hard to reach places like inside cabinets)
2. Are you missing the bigger picture?
If you’re only trying to kill the ants you see in your kitchen, you might need to think bigger. A few ants likely means there is an entire colony to eliminate. Worker ants roam your kitchen on the hunt for food or water to bring back to their colony. Use these worker ants to your advantage by letting them bring back bait to target the larger ant community!
3. Are there entryways?
That broken window seal, slight crack beneath your door, or opening around your piping is an open invitation telling ants “enter here!”. Ants can fit in the smallest crevices, many of which you don’t even see or realize. Visually inspect around doors and windows, making sure trim is not bent, screens have no holes, and there is no visible damage. Also check cable, pipe, wire and other openings as best you can.
4. Have you repeated treatment?
When it comes to ant control treatment, one does not mean done. These insects, extremely stubborn and highly intelligent, live with upwards of a thousand others. Understand that repetition is key. It takes time to completely eliminate the root of an ant infestation and prevent them from returning in the near future.
5. Have you sought professional help?
Ants are considered one of the most difficult pests to control. If you feel frustrated and overpowered by an ant army, it is time to call in the professionals. Your friends at Natural State Pest Control are ready to provide you and your home with the most affordable and effective relief so you can say goodbye to ants once and for all.