Finding a few ants in your home every now and again isn’t really that big of a deal. However, if you are seeing a steady stream of ants constantly, you have a problem that you need to get rid of. The first thing you need to do is figure out why you are attracting the ants to begin with. Read on below for some reasons you might be inviting the ants to come into your home and have dinner with you.
Spills and Crumbs
One very common statement when people spill something is “I’ll clean that up later.” That is inviting the ants to come in and take over the home. Whether you are watching your favorite program on TV or on your way to bed, so sleepy you can’t keep your eyes open, you should take the time to clean up that spilled Pepsi on the counter. Failing to do so, can result in ants swarming to that spot in minutes and then you will have a hard time getting rid of them, when you get around to cleaning up that spill after the show is over.
Dirty Dishes in the Sink
Leaving those dirty dishes in the sink until the next morning may be tempting; however, it’s not a good idea. Making sure that you get all of the food off of the plates, and rinse them of any remaining food will help, but it is still best just to wash dishes as they are dirtied, if you want the ants to stay outside where they belong.
Leaving open food on the counter or on the kitchen table can quickly lead to an ant invasion that you will have to call in professional pest control to even begin to get rid of. Leaving food uncovered, even if it is in a dish, is a big no-no if you have had an ant problem in the past. It’s best to place all food in the fridge and make sure that it is covered even then.
Wood that is Lying Around
Carpenter ants like to feast on wood, so you can be sure that any wood you have lying around will attract them. Once you invite one pest in by having wet or damp wood lying around your home, you are opening up your home to a ton of other pests and before you know it, there will be no room in your home for you.
What can You do?
While there are a ton of options on the market today for ant control, prevention is the key to cutting down on your ant population. If you still end up with ants in your home, your best bet is to call in the professionals to take care of the problem for you right away.
These are just a few of the reasons that you might have an ant problem in and around your home. From spills and crumbs to leaving food uncovered on the counters, ants will come if the food is offered.