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How to keep ants away

No one wants ants in their home and ants are one of the most difficult pests to prevent from entering your property.

Whether you're experiencing an infestation of argentine ants or carpenter ants, the best way to stop an ant problem is to take action before it starts.

When the small and persistent pests enter your property, they leave ant pheromone trails to communicate with their colony members that your home is a place where they can find food and shelter.

Before you call in a trained and licensed exterminator, like Western Exterminator, to treat your home, there are steps you can take to help keep ants away from your property. However, if you are dealing with an ant infestation and just want to get rid of them, contact Western Exterminator.

Keeping ants away from your home

Maintaining a high level of sanitation in your home is key to preventing pests in general but this is especially true with ants. Ants love to eat all things sticky and sweet so spills and messes that go uncleaned are very welcoming to ants.

With that in mind it's important to not leave temptation in their path. To get rid of ants you must remember to:

  • Make it a daily habit of cleaning up spills off counters and floors
  • Sweep up daily to make sure crumbs do not provide a readily available food source for ants
  • Don't forget about the cleaning of pet bowls or any feeding areas for pets as this is common source of ant problems
  • Double check that you have properly stored your food items in your shelves, desks and cupboards

Above all, cover any food in storage areas - you don't know where ants have been walking before they march across your food.

How to get rid of ants in the kitchen

One of the places people first see ants in the home is in the kitchen. This is because ants are on a constant search for food. Ant colonies will send out scouts to find food sources,that will lay down a chemical trail when they find food. This then allows all of the other scavenger ants, charged with finding food for the nest, to come out and start carrying food back to the rest of the anthill.

The place where we have the highest concentration of food that ants like to eat is in the kitchen and the pantries in close proximity to the kitchen. Ants will seek out food on counters, in cabinets and cupboards and other areas.

Once again, cleanliness is key. Keeping the food crumbs off of kitchen counters is crucial to keep ants away from your home. Sweep up crumbs and food scraps and be careful about leaving any food out and never leave food out uncovered. Seal up food in containers so ants cannot get inside or store them in the fridge or other areas with seals that prevent them from coming in.

Get food particles and crumbs off the floors, too, as crumbs are the easiest and first particles of food ants will find.

How to get rid of ants in the house

Although many homeowners struggle with do it yourself ant control remedies the results are often less than satisfactory. Small problems can develop into large ones and this is when many people seek out the services of a pest control professional. If you really want to get rid of ants in your house, you have to know how ants operate, what type of ants you have, and find just the right, targeted treatment to get rid of them.

Once they’ve identified your ants, they can use a range of powerful insecticides to deal with them efficiently. This gives you the reassurance that the problem has been fully dealt with.

Treatments are targeted to your specific ant species in order to solve the problem quickly, while ensuring the safety of your family and pets.

Once the ants have been dealt with, you can take precautions to stop them coming back. One particularly important precaution is covering any food in storage areas - you don’t know where ants have been walking before they march across your food.

Call Western Exterminator at 800-937-8398 to talk to an expert about getting rid of ants.

Keep ants away with Western Exterminator

Western Exterminator are experts in ant control for the home and for businesses. We can find where ants are getting into the building and what is attracting them there. We use the right methods of ant treatment that will wipe out the current infestation, get rid of ant trails and prevent ants from returning.

Western Exterminator ant specialists will do a complete property inspection and identify  the species of ant that is infesting the property. We will also discuss where we think they are getting in and if there are things you can do to help get rid of ants and prevent ants from returning.

To learn about our ant control treatments or our residential maintenance plan pestfree365, fill out our contact form online

Steps to take for ant control in your business

  • Identify the correct ant species with professional help.

  • Proof access points into your property against ants.

  • Set up regular ant control inspection visits by qualified technicians.

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