Within the pest control world, ants are some of the biggest issues. They’re small but strong, and multiply and expand their territory at incredible rates. They may start out as small annoyances, but they can grow into huge household issues if left unchecked.
At Greenside, our pest removal strategies are designed to hit any infestations you may have at their core. In the case of ants, there are several things you can do around the home to help prevent an ant infestation from forming – let’s take a look at a few.
For ants and most other pests, keeping things clean is the first line of defense against an infestation. Things like food crumbs, excess garbage and dirty dishes all contain exactly the types of food and sugar particles that attract ants, and you’re asking for trouble if you frequently leave these around.
Wipe up any spills as soon as you can, and remove their food sources. For pets who need food and water in bowls on the ground, spray vinegar mixed with water – it won’t harm your pets at all, but it will keep ants away.
If you do notice the early signs of ants getting into the home, you can be proactive about it. In particular, you can eliminate the trail they leave. This is a scent that ants leave for their fellow ants to follow, and it’s a big part of the way they invade your home once they’ve found a way in. If you notice a trail, sweep or mop it up and then spray vinegar mixed with water in the area. This should stop more ants from following the same trail.
If there’s nowhere for ants to get in, they won’t be a problem. Look for any holes or cracks which might be functioning as their entry point, and use insecticide to keep them away. There are times this can be a difficult process because it only takes a very small entryway for ants, but this is where an exterminator like Greenside comes in.
Ants often colonize outside before eventually finding an entry point and invading your home. Using traps and insecticides outside is both a proactive way to keep them from infesting your home and a great way to make sure they don’t interfere with any outdoor leisure activities.
Want to learn more about this or any of our other pest control solutions? Contact the experts at Greenside today.