Preventing Ants | How Should You Tackle Ant Prevention This Winter?
Ants are among the most common pests that homeowners have to deal with. One reason behind that is because most people don’t know how to go about preventing ants from invading their homes and how to get rid of these. On top of that, ants seem to have the uncanny ability to get into almost every part of a home, from the walls and ceilings to the basement and the attic.
Here are some tips shared by a Modesto pest control company that can aid you in preventing ants this winter (and the following seasons).
One of the most common mistakes property owners make when it comes to dealing with ants is being reactive. Instead of simply trying to deal with ants once they have gained entry into your home, you can take a pro-active stance and prevent these from entering the house.
The simplest and most effective way to prevent ants from invading your home is to keep it clean, especially the kitchen where ants hunt for food. As much as possible, cover anything that will attract the ants and keep your furniture clean.
Make it a habit to sweep the floor after each and every meal. The small bits of food that land on the floor can attract ants.
Wash dishes after each meal instead of leaving these in the kitchen sink.
Throw out the trash as soon as you possibly can. Place trash bins as far as possible from your home.
Apart from food, moisture is another factor that attracts ants into your home. Wipe counters and other surfaces to remove moisture and prevent ants from getting into your home.
Locating the Colony’s Nest
If your home is already infested by ants, the first thing that you need to do to get rid of these is to find their nest.
In order to do that, you have to follow the worker ants. First, leave anything sweet outside to lure the worker ants. After that, follow them back to the nest. This may take some time but your patience will be rewarded.
After locating the nest, you can kill the colony by applying boric acid powder on the walls and tiles. Avoid using pesticides as ants can spread these all over your home.
If you cannot locate the colony’s nest, the next best thing that you can do is to sprinkle cayenne pepper in areas where the ants enter your home. Alternatively, you can use a combination of water and citrus peelings, instant grits, water and white vinegar, cinnamon, cream of tartar, tea tree oil, strong perfumes, and pepper.
One of the most efficient ways to tackle ant prevention is to set a pest control service appointment with your local Stockton pest control company. The professionals at AAI Pest Control will help you rid your home of ants this winter.