No one wants to invite ants into their home, but the pesky critters can be persistent. If there is a way in, ants will find it and exploit it. Once they’re in your home, it can be difficult to get rid of ants, so you should take precautions to keep ants away before they become a problem.
Try these tips to prevent ants from sneaking into your home.
1) Seal all foods in airtight containers.
This is far and away the best thing you can do to keep ants away. Ants are foragers. They seek out food, especially food with high sugar or protein content. Depending on the type of ants, their preferences change. Pavement and carpenter ants are attracted to sugary food such as sweets or fruit. Pharaoh ants prefer greasy, protein heavy foods such as meats. To be safe, don’t leave any food out at all.
2) Don’t leave out pet food.
Ants have been known to linger around pet bowls, too. If you have a pet, check their bowl occasionally and try not to leave food out when your pet isn’t eating. If you already have ants in your home, dabbing a thin layer of Vaseline in a ring in circle around the bowl may prevent ants from reaching it. Ants dislike Vaseline and will not cross it.
3) Always clean up spilled water.
Ants are always seeking out a water source. Even if all your food is carefully sealed away, a puddle of water may be enough to attract thirsty ants.
4) Occasionally check for cracks or other entry points.
There’s no such thing as an ant proof home, however it doesn’t hurt to seal off obvious points of entry. Cracks in the foundation or gaps around windows and doors make for easy access for ants. Sealing up access points will prevent ants from entering, at least until they find another way in.
5) Wash your dishes.
Leftover crumbs may not seem like much to you, but they’re enough to keep an ant colony well fed. Doing dishes immediately after every meal is best, if you can swing it.
6) Try homemade deterrents.
You may already have some of these common household items on hand. Sprinkle or dab windowsills, door thresholds, and other areas where ants may access your home with black pepper, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, lemon juice, mint extract, chalk or petroleum jelly. Ants are known to dislike these items and tend to avoid them, though what works best may vary. Trial and error may be required to find something that works for you.
Having trouble getting rid of ants? Magical Pest Control’s specialized ant control division is well versed in handling stubborn ant infestations. We specialize in getting rid of ants of all types, including pavement, pharaoh and carpenter ants. Call us at (905) 738-6676 or use our contact form to schedule your ant inspection.