If you have ever enjoyed a picnic outside, then you may have noticed an army of ants marching across your picnic blanket stealing crumbs. You may have also discovered them in your cabinets foraging for any crumbs or gathering around a sticky spilled drink on the kitchen floor. Unfortunately, these pests can easily enter your home. Keep reading to learn about what attracts ants.
Crumbs and Spills
Ants are constantly looking for food to bring back to their colony. There are plenty of sources of food that they can find in your home such as crumbs on the floor, pantry or cabinets. Sugar and sweet smells attract ants as well. They will be sure to find any spilled honey, sugar or juice. The best practice in keeping ants away from your kitchen is to keep it as clean as possible. Make sure countertops, cabinets and floors are free of food crumbs or spills. Keep food securely stored.
Ants are not only looking for a food source, they are also looking for water as well. This is why any stagnant water in your home will attract them. Damp areas are also a source of attraction. In an effort to keep ants away from your home, make sure that any standing water is removed. In damp rooms of the house, such as the bathroom or kitchen, make sure that there is proper ventilation to keep moisture to a minimum.
Food Left Out
Leaving any leftover food out uncovered is an open invitation for ants to enter your home. After finishing a meal or snack, put all food in airtight containers or sealed bags. Make sure that any pet food is properly stored as well. Do not let dirty pet bowls of food or water sit out too long either, as ants will gather around them.
If you have an infestation of ants in your home, do not hesitate to contact pest control professionals. They can help you discover the source of the problem and determine the best course of treatment. Contact Superior Pest Solutions for an inspection today!