Summertime is quickly approaching. Picnics, football games and outdoor time. One thing you don’t want on that list is ants. Today, we’re going to give you some more quick tips on keeping undesirable little critters from ruining your summer fun.
WAnts and their burdensome anthills can be very menacing to a homeowner. They are unsightly and dangerous especially for children who may be outside, but an ant infestation inside the home is very difficult to deal with. Between trying to eliminate them altogether, to tracking down their points of origin, to protecting your edibles- ants in numbers can wreak havoc on your home.
Follow these easy tips to avoid an ant infestation
Cut them off: the very first step is to figure out where ants can come into your home. This calls for a thorough inspection of the outside of your home. Pipes need special attention. Look for cracks and crevices in bricks, cement or any other means of entry for trails of ants into the house. When you find them, seal them off with silicone. Look for gaps in windows and doors as well and take precaution to seal or repair those gaps.
Maintain a clean kitchen: It’s certainly the time of year for spring cleaning in the kitchen and beyond. Keep in mind, ants love to sit at your table! Take time to go through the kitchen with a fine tooth comb. Tightly seal any containers. Place open cereal bags that are inside the box in plastic containers designed for them. Wipe down the inside and outside of all cabinets with a bleach and water solution or vinegar and water solution. Clean out the refrigerator and freezer of old food and wipe it down well. Lastly, make sure to dispose of garbage regularly.
Other rooms: It is pretty easy to forget about other rooms of the house that might draw ants. Check bedrooms for food items that may be in the garbage or tucked away (think teenagers!). Scope out old backpacks for last semester’s candy wrappers or old lunch boxes. If there’s a freezer or refrigerator in use in the garage or nearby shed, clean them out as well and wipe down thoroughly.
Pet areas: Don’t keep dog and cat food out in the bowl around the clock. Give Spot his portion at the right times per day then keep the food in a sealed container. It’s just too easy for ants to be drawn to pet food areas where the food sits out all day either in the bowls or in an easily accessible bag. Keep the pet area clean as well. Wipe around the pet bowls regularly.
Cut off their water supply: Ants are drawn to water. Send them on their way by cutting off any excess water supply. Check functionality of gutters to ensure water is not pooling but is diverted away from the house. Check for leaky pipes. If you have particularly humid spaces like attics or basements, invest in dehumidifiers.
If you still find yourself the victim of an ant infestation, call the professionals @ Safety First: 251-990-0047. No matter what your pest control needs may be, Safety First Pest Control can get it taken care of. Contact us today if you’re experiencing pesky pest problems. We are a family-owned and operated business that has been servicing Mobile and Baldwin Counties since 1999! It is our goal to provide you excellent service. You can reach us at (251) 990-0047.
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