Summer is the optimal time for ants to make their way into your home looking for food. Being vigilant is key. As soon as you see one ant, assume there are more coming. If you’re not paying attention, you could wind up with an ant infestation. Preventing ant infestations might be tough but it is possible. Here are some ways you can prevent an ant infestation in your home.
1. Watch for scout ants – Scout ants are ants that leave the colony in search of food resources and then return to report when they’ve found food. If you see a few random scout ants, the time to act is now because there will soon be many more ants coming.
2. Keep it clean – While even the cleanest house can end up with an ant infestation, they’re most likely to infest homes where they readily find food from crumbs, open packages and dirty dishes. So, clean up dishes, vacuum and sweep floors often, wipe down surfaces and clean up crumbs.
3. Destroy ant scent trails – Ants leave scent trails for other ants to follow to reach desired food sources. Destroy these trails to prevent more ants from following them right into your home using a vinegar and water solution. Make sure you destroy all the trails you can find as there might be several.
4. Keep food in sealed containers – Ants can’t eat what they can’t get to. Keep your food and pet food in sealed containers. Avoid having open packages in your cupboards. Air-tight sealed containers keep your foods fresher but also keep ants and other bugs out.
5. Control ant colonies on your property – If you have an ant colony (or a few) in your yard, be sure to have them professionally treated by The Pest Force. We can help eliminate ant colonies on your property, making it less likely for ants to invade and infest your home.
If you have ants, the best time to treat them is before they make their way into your home. Preventing ant infestations is far easier than treating them after they happen. If you do happen to have ants making their way into your home, call The Pest Force and call your ant problem gone!