Preventing Ant InfestationsWhile a pest control technician can apply treatments to kill the colony, it's up to you to deprive the colony of food. This is true of any type of ant infestation.
First of all, keep your kitchen clean. Don't leave dishes in the sink, and sweep up any crumbs. Secondly, put all of the food in your cupboards in glass, plastic, or metal containers. Take cereal out of the boxes and put it in a plastic container. Sticky bottles of honey and syrup should be placed in the refrigerator. The goal is to keep the ants out of your food. If you have a pet, don't leave bowls of dry food out.
You'll also need to take out the trash every day, and also keep your outdoor trash tightly sealed.
Ants also do not like certain odors, such as cloves, cinnamon, and bay leaves. Leaving a few cloves, bay leaves, or cinnamon sticks in your cabinets can help to deter ants.
You'll also need to find any entry points into your home. Your pest control company will likely include this in their treatment. Entry points can be a small crack around a window, under a door, or up through wires and pipes. Some of these entry points can be blocked with caulk or spray foam.
Another possible entry point is tree branches touching the building. Trim branches away from the building to prevent ants from climbing up branches and into the building. Finally, do not store firewood, scrap wood, or boxes around the outside walls of your home.
Contact the Best Ant ExterminatorMost serious ant infestations need the services of a professional pest control company. Professional ant exterminators have the know-how and the latest treatments to get rid of ants permanently. For example, a professional has the expertise to find nests inside and outside of the home. Your ants could be sneaking in from a nest outside in a tree, under a fence, and under the ground.
If you find ants swarming over the food in your cabinets and crawling all over your countertops, call a professional. In the meantime, clean your kitchen and store all of your food in air-tight containers. Once the exterminator arrives, they'll use chemicals or gel that are harmless to you, your family, and your pets.They may also spray around the outside of your home, and look for any entry points the ants are using. They'll also look for ant nests outside, and treat those too.
Be aware, it will probably take more than one treatment to completely eliminate an ant colony. This is especially true of pavement and Pharaoh ants that have more than one queen and breed quickly. It's always possible that a few ants survive the first treatment, and will continue to breed.
Hopefully, you now can identify the type of ant in your home, and you understand how to prevent and get rid of ants. Ants can be persistent, so if you haven't done so already, contact us to schedule a treatment to get rid of your ant problem.
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