Warm weather is a constant in Florida, which means pests like ants never take an “off” season. Ant infestations are tricky to deal with, and while most species aren’t dangerous to people or pets, they can spread bacteria and can even structurally damage your home. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to prevent an infestation.
Follow these simple tips to keep ants out of the kitchen, all year round.
1. Put Food Away
It’s common knowledge that ants are attracted to food, and even though it can be challenging to keep your kitchen spotlessly clean, it’s the best way to prevent an ant infestation. Make sure there’s no exposed food in your kitchen and put your food back in the refrigerator when you aren’t eating. You should also invest in airtight containers with tight-fitting lids so that ants can’t get inside to snack on your food. Eliminate the food source and eliminate the problem.
2. Keep Floors Clean
Ants are attracted to even the tiniest amount of food—even small crumbs and spills on the floor can be a magnet for ants. Make sure to clean up floors right away when spills occur and sweep and mop regularly. Depending on the severity of your ant problem, create a clean routine to keep ants at bay. Ants often enter homes through cracks around doors or holes around where piping enters the house—the floor is a high-traffic ant highway, so keep it clean.
3. Take Out the Trash
Ants are attracted to garbage, especially if you’ve got empty soda cans or candy wrappers lying around. If you’re dealing with an ant problem, or you’re working to prevent one from occurring, empty the kitchen trash every day. Your garbage bag might have a hole in it, and ants will smell the food, find a way into the opening, and feast on your trash. Make composting, recycling, or taking out the trash part of your daily routine to deter ant activity in your home.
4. Develop a Pest Control Plan
The best way to keep ants away—or deal with an infestation—is to develop a relationship with your local pest control experts. Your pest control pros will visit your property, inspecting the problem and determining the best way to remove ants and keep them away.
Keep Ants Out of Your Home with the Help of Evergreen Lawn and Pest Control
Aside from keeping your kitchen neat and tidy, there are few things you can do on your own to prevent an ant infestation. The best way to keep your home ant-free is to work with the pest control experts at Evergreen Lawn and Pest Control – Orlando. Using eco-friendly, sustainable pest control methods, we’ll keep ants out of your kitchen for good! Call us today at (407) 880-6655 for your free consultation.