Benjamin Franklin’s words, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” could apply perfectly well to ant infestations. As many people know, once an ant problem starts, it’s hard to eliminate it without professional assistance. Ant colonies are extensive, and once these insects discover a food source, they’ll send out a trail of hormones to guide other ants from the colony to where they found it.
Rather than tackling ant issues summer after summer, use these tips to make your home a less attractive target for an ant invasion.
HOW TO PREVENT AN ANT INFESTATION
1. Keep your food sealed up tight.
Ants have four to five times the odor receptors of other insects, giving them an incredibly strong sense of smell. For this reason, it’s essential that you store your food in airtight containers as soon as you get back from the grocery store. Many types of ants are attracted to foods with high sugar content, so If possible, keep fruit in your refrigerator to minimize the time it spends out on the counter.
2. Don’t wait to wash dishes.
Food remnants on plates can be an enticing source of nutrients for invading ants. Wash your dishes or load them into the dishwasher immediately after mealtime. If cookware needs to soak, 30 minutes should be long enough.
3. Wipe down the areas where you eat and prep food.
Even tiny crumbs can attract ants into your kitchen and other areas of your home. After preparing a meal and eating, wipe down the counters and the stove (if you used it), and sweep the floors. Once a week, remember to clean underneath your kitchen appliances, as crumbs and other items often end up there.
4. Dispose of trash and recyclables properly.
Ants can be just as likely to invade your trash cans as your pantry. Rinse food and beverage containers thoroughly to get rid of residue, and take out the garbage daily. If fruit gets overripe, don’t just throw it in your kitchen garbage bin. Instead, wrap it up in some foil and keep it in your freezer until it’s ready to be disposed of on garbage day.
5. Repair plumbing leaks.
Have you noticed that ant invasions often happen in the kitchen or bathroom? This is because ants hunt for water and these areas tend to contain a lot of moisture. If you have problems like a dripping faucet or, worse, a leak underneath the sink, that excess water could end up attracting ants.
6. Make sure your property has adequate drainage.
Along with making sure your home is free of plumbing issues, you also need to check for drainage problems outside. Areas with standing water will be particularly enticing for ants—and other pests, like mosquitoes, roaches, and rodents. You may need to install additional drains, ground cover, or grade your property’s slope to fix the issue.
7. Inspect what you bring home from the store, especially if it’s from a nursery.
At a nursery, plants, mulch, and soil are typically left in outdoor or semi-outdoor areas where ants have easy access to them. When picking out which plant or bags of material to buy, do a quick check for ants and other pests so that you can avoid bringing them home.
If you discover ants on a houseplant, you can kill them with a pesticidal plant soap or make your own:
- You’ll need water, peppermint soap, and a clean spray bottle.
- Combine 2 cups of water with 1 tablespoon of peppermint soap.
- Spray the mixture directly onto the ants.
- Remove the ants by carefully rinsing with water.
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