Ant Control & Prevention Tips

Ants inside the home near crack in the door

Ant Control & Prevention Tips

1. Stay Clean & Tidy

Any food crumbs, especially anything sweet or sticky, are attractive to ants. That’s why one of the simplest and best ways to prevent ants is to keep a clean and tidy home. Any time there is a spill, it’s important to clean it up immediately and thoroughly. Be sure to wipe the counters and stove clean after cooking, and the table after eating.

If you have dogs, be sure to clean up pieces of dog food that go astray, and keep your bag of dog food tightly sealed and off of the floor. If you have kids, be sure to thoroughly clean their commonly used spaces, like the high chair area and playroom.

2. Seal Entry Points

Holes are the easiest way for ants and other pests to enter, especially at entryways like doors and windows. If you’ve noticed ants or other pests coming into your home, you should first check to see if you have any worn weatherstripping or noticeable cracks and holes. These types of issues can be fixed yourself with new weatherstripping that you can buy at any home improvement store.

If cracks and holes go beyond what some caulk or weatherstripping can fix, it may be necessary to bring in a handyman or home repair professional to patch those to prevent further invasion.

3. Remove Attractants

Similar to keeping a tidy home, removing attractants is a simple and easy way to prevent ants from invading your home. We already mentioned dog food and how that should be kept sealed and off of the floor, but that goes for other attractants like sugar, sweets and garbage.

Sugar should be kept in an airtight container rather than in an open bag that’s just been rolled up and placed in the pantry. Sweets like cookies and cakes should be covered if left out on the counter. Most importantly, garbage should be taken out regularly because the smell can be a huge attractant once the garbage starts to break down.

4. Set Out Bait/Traps

Ant bait is designed to attract ants only to slowly kill them once they consume the poison. Bait can be purchased from your local home improvement store and placed around your house, especially in places where you’ve spotted ants before. Be aware that using bait often increases the number of ants before reducing it.

Call On the Experts for Ant Control

When your ant problem is too much to control on your own, it’s time to call in the professionals who have extensive knowledge and experience with ants. That’s us at General Pest Control! Contact us today to schedule service.