What’s the best way to get rid of ants?
The best way to get rid of ants in the house is to learn how to prevent them. Having an ongoing service plan with a pest management professional is the key to managing pest problems in your home. Your service technician will work with your specific scenario and profile to create the best approach for getting rid of ants and keeping them out of your house in the future. This can include interior and exterior treatments, sealing up entry points around the home and placing insect growth regulators around the property.
For your part, it’s important to practice proper sanitation techniques if you want to keep ants at bay. Most species of ants are simply in your home looking for food, so the harder you make it for them, the less time they are going to spend looking.
Unfortunately, always having a spotless home can be difficult. What looks like a clean kitchen at first glance might include a few granules of sugar on the countertop, or a couple of crumbs that fell behind the stove, upon closer inspection. This seemingly insignificant portion of food is a feast fit for a king – or an ant queen once the workers bring it back. To avoid this, don’t just wipe down surfaces. Vacuum every day, paying close attention to the baseboards, behind furniture and appliances as well as other areas you might typically miss.
What are some quick ways to starve ants out?
In addition to wiping down surfaces and vacuuming the floors, proper food storage is important. An ant can easily climb inside an open box of cookies, even if you’ve rolled the inside bag tightly and used the tabbed closing function on the box top. When in doubt, always remember that the average manufacturer’s packaging is rarely made to withstand ant invasions.
Instead, take it upon yourself to purchase airtight containers in order to store your food. The lids should lock tightly, providing no means for an ant or any other scavenger to gain entry. Wipe down the outside of storage bins and other containers after every use. Ants can feed on the “invisible” residue you leave behind, such as the outside of a sticky jelly jar or excess film from a spill you thought you had cleaned up.
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