Noticing some unwelcome six-legged visitors in your home? Ants are a year-round problem in South Florida and dealing with an infestation can be a challenging hassle. Before you start treating an ant problem in your home, you need to determine where they’re actually coming from. Read on to learn some of the common spots ants hide inside a home, and how you can treat an ant problem once and for all.
Most ant infestations center around the kitchen in a home since ants thrive by feeding on spare food and drinking up stagnant water. There’s no better place in a home to find food and water than the kitchen–it’s a favorite hangout for ants of all species.
You can keep ants out of the kitchen by making sure spills and crumbs are cleaned up quickly. You should also carefully store sweet items like syrup and honey since they’re magnets for ants. Remove any leftover sticky mess from the exterior of containers, and even be sure to keep your trash bins emptied and clean.
Ants don’t just move inside homes in search of food–they’re also on the hunt for a stable water source. Bathrooms, naturally, are the spaces in a house where excess water and moisture build up.
Ants race to bathrooms to drink up any pooled water; accidental leaks; and even spilled body wash or shampoo, so you should clean up any standing water after taking a shower or a bath. It’s also smart to mop the floor regularly with a disinfectant, and the ants should stay away.
Near Pet Bowls
Ant colonies also see pet food and water bowls as an open invitation to eat and drink. Whenever your cat or dog leaves food in their bowl, any ants nearby will be attracted to it like a magnet. Some proactive pet owners invest in ant-proof cat or dog food bowls. Applying petroleum jelly to the base of each bowl is also another helpful deterrent. Thanks to the slippery nature of petroleum jelly, ants won’t be able to climb into the bowl.
Ants often live inside the walls, so if you’re dealing with an ant infestation, inspecting the inside of your walls should be one of your top priorities. Damaged or cracked walls provide easy entry into your home and a convenient place for colonies to populate and nest. Seal cracks in walls–especially exterior ones–to prevent ants from moving in.
Relying on the Ant Control Experts at Service Choice
Dealing with an ant infestation is a challenging endeavor. Once ants have moved into your home, they’re very hard to get rid of. Instead of relying on ineffective–often unsafe–DIY treatment methods, rely on the pest control experts at Service Choice of Ft. Lauderdale to take care of the infestation for good. Using safe, proven-effective treatments, we’ll have your home ant free in no time–guaranteed! Call us today at (954) 568-9955 to schedule your free consultation.