Ants are one of the most common household pests, and they can be very difficult to get rid of once they've taken up residence in your kitchen. If you're dealing with an ant infestation, or if you want to prevent one from happening in the first place, here are 6 ways to keep them out of your kitchen:
Ants are attracted to food residues and are notorious for raiding pantries and kitchens in search of a meal. To prevent them from taking over your kitchen, make sure to keep your counters and floors clean. Wipe up spills immediately, sweep or vacuum regularly, and wash dishes as soon as you’re done with them. Clean away crumbs and other food debris with a damp cloth or mop.
Another way to keep ants from taking over your kitchen is to ensure all food is sealed up tight, including pet food. Store dry goods in airtight containers, and keep fruit and vegetables in the refrigerator. If you see ants near food that’s not sealed up properly, transfer it to a container with a lid or seal it up with tape until you can. Sealed containers keep ants from being able to sense food nearby, thus keeping them from raiding your kitchen.
Leaving food out is the fastest way to attract ants into your home. If you're not going to eat something right away, put it in away in the fridge or cupboard. If ants can't find any food sources, they'll move on. So storing food in the fridge and airtight containers (where they can't get to it) is a good way to deter them.
Just like food, ants are attracted to garbage. Take your trash out regularly, and don't let it build up inside your home. If possible, keep your garbage cans outside. If you have to keep them inside, ensure they're clean and sealed so ants can't get in.
Moisture is another thing that attracts ants, so it's important to eliminate any sources of moisture in your kitchen. This includes fixing any leaks, emptying the sink after you use it, and keeping things like dish towels and sponges clean and dry.
Again, ants are attracted to food residues and moisture, so if you leave dirty dishes in the sink, they'll be more likely to come into your kitchen. Wash dishes as soon as you're done using them.
Getting rid of ants is no easy feat. Even if you have done everything you could to deter them, sometimes they still find their way into your home and kitchen. If you're dealing with an ant infestation, Insight Pest Solutions Canada can get rid of them. We have a variety of effective ant control solutions that will eliminate your problem and help keep them from coming back. Despite the kind of ants that are taking over your home and kitchen, Insight has the solution for you! For questions or to get started, contact us today!
For more information about ants, check out this blog, “All You Need To Know About Ants”.