What to Do When the Ants Come Marching

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • April 05, 2017

Tips To Getting Rid Of Your Ant Invasion

There is power in numbers. This is best demonstrated by that line of tiny ants wreaking havoc on your kitchen, grossing guests out, and spreading disease.

How do you guard your house against these tiny troopers as they start marching in? We have a few tips here:

1. Clean the Kitchen

The first, and probably most well-known solution for an ant problem is to keep your house clean. Most ants are in your home looking for food, so the harder you make it for them to find, the less time they stick around.

Start by paying attention to your trash. Remove garbage from the premises as soon as possible. Double check crevices and cabinets for crumbs or open containers, and make a habit of wiping down the countertops. It’s important to vacuum often, paying close attention to the baseboards, behind furniture and appliances, as well as other areas you might typically miss.

2. Eliminate Standing Water

Ants are attracted to moisture, so it’s important to spot check for water pools or leaky faucets. Carpenter ants, especially, are attracted to damp wood, which is often the result of a water leak. If you have spotted a water leak, or any wet wood, replace it as soon as possible.

3. Check Walls for Cracks

Ants can’t get in your house without a passageway. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house where ants could potentially creep in. Also, check around windowsills and doorways for ant trails.

4. Keep Wood Away From House

Like we said above, carpenter ants love wet wood, or really any wood. Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored right next to your home. These wood stacks are used for ants to build nests, and you do not want these pests for neighbors.

5. Watch Out for Branches

Just like wood stacks, keep tree branches and other plants cut back from your house. These wood branches are like natural bridges for ants to get in your home. If you do have a lot of trees and plants, make sure they are trimmed and clean to make it less appealing of a nest.

These five tips will give you a great start to eliminating your ant infestation, but depending on your situation, you might have to call in backup. If you need any extra help, contact Killingsworth’s pest control team. We’ll be there to solve your pest problems. We will also prevent any future ant infestations and your other pest control needs.

For more information on the pests that could be lurking around your house, as well as tips on treating and preventing them, check out our Pest Encyclopedia!

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