It happens when you’re least expecting it: you walk into your kitchen and see ants swarming on your food or dishes. You may even find them on top of that banana you were about to eat or crawling across your kitchen table. Pesky ants or an ant trail is an unwelcome sight for everyone. In situations like these, you’ll need a qualified ant exterminator such as Patton Exterminating to help you get rid of them.
They may seem small and not as troublesome because they don’t bite, but they can still cause quite a bit of damage if left alone. During the summer, it is so very important to keep ants away from the home, as where there is one, there are many more. At Patton Termite & Pest, we offer a complete range of tools to keep ants from entering your home. However, the first step always goes back to your own lifestyle. Are you participating in habits that make your home a five star resort for these little pests? Let’s take a look at some of those habits:
Food Sources of those Pesky Ants
Ants, like all other animals (including humans!) are drawn to food. They need it in order to survive. Any little morsel of food that you let out is like a prime buffet to them. To keep most ants away from your home, it is important to remove or hinder their access to any food items. Depending on the type of ant that you have in your home, you may need to cover and seal all of the sugary items in your pantry.
Make sure you don’t leave crumbs laying around. Triple check under the chairs of children and babies, as these areas typically have a lot of food lurking about them. Ants will eat just about anything, and you might even see them carrying the food away. That’s nothing but a rallying call to bring their friends back to get even more.
Unsealed Entry Points
Ants will typically enter your home through any tiny holes and cracks around the foundation, doors, windows, or even through your clothes and pets. However, to keep ants out of your house that don’t get carried in, locate and seal the points of entry to your home. You can identify an ant entry point by following an ant trail to its source. You may also notice tiny piles of debris around each ant hole. By sealing these cracks and hole, you will be able to keep ants away.
Contact Patton Exterminating
If you are dealing with a serious ant problem in your home that is debilitating your lifestyle, it is important to contact a professional pest control company right away. A skilled ant exterminator can help remove your ant problem efficiently, and can also provide you with tips for getting rid of ants for good. Be especially prudent if you aren’t sure if your older house has even be inspected or if you have a newer home. Contact Patton Exterminating today for a safer, greener alternative to other pest removal services.
Figure 1 Photo from Sanco McCann on Flickr!