How do I get rid of ants in my kitchen?

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The kitchen, closely followed by the bathroom, is one of the most typical rooms in your home where ants can be found. The odorous house ants, commonly known as nuisance ants, are the most frequent ants found indoors. 

While these ants can not cause structural damage or threaten humans or pets, they can contaminate your food and become a nuisance. Carpenter ants, which are larger black ants, can also infiltrate your home. By drilling into the wood components of your house, these ants inflict structural harm.

It is tough to eliminate these ants because they can number in the thousands and be found all over your property. Call Rove Pest Control to assess your situation.

What attracts ants to your home?

The ants that you see in your home don’t live there. They build colonies outside and come inside to collect food and water to return to their colonies. Both ingredients are necessary for the colony to survive and grow. Pheromones are left by the scouts who discover these sources, so the ants often travel in a straight line. As they can scale walls and migrate between stories in your home, they can spread quickly and are particularly difficult to eradicate.

Your home contains a variety of items that attract ants. It is in crumbs, spills, open packages of food, and even unwashed dishes that they look for food.

What can you do to keep ants away from your kitchen?

  • Sweeping and mopping the floors regularly is a must.
  • Crumbs and spills should be cleaned up right away.
  • Cleaning the counters and stovetops daily.
  • Dishes should not be left out overnight.
  • Regularly removing trash from the house.
  • Using lidded garbage cans.
  • Put uneaten pet food in a covered container overnight or throw it away.
  • Pet food should be stored in sealed containers rather than non-sealing bags.
  • Frequently clean the area surrounding your pet’s food and water bowls.
  • Changing the water in your pet’s dishes regularly.
  • When feasible, store pantry items in sealed containers rather than boxes and sacks (e.g., cereal, grains, sweets). This also helps to keep other pantry pests at bay.
  • Overripe foods that have been sitting on counters should be thrown out.
  • Pipes that are leaking need to be repaired.
  • Water should be removed from standing areas.
  • Repair foundation cracks and gaps.
  • Keeping firewood close to your house is not a good idea.

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