Odds are that if you see ants in your home, they are there to get some food. Different ant species will have different diets, but most will be attracted to either protein, sugar or fat. Let’s take a look at the things that you can do to lower the odds of ants entering your home.
Effective prevention methods
The big draw for ants is food, so you have to keep an eye out for any food sources that could attract ants in the home. To start, you have to be careful with crumbs and spills, and make sure that you clean them up regularly. Food comes in all shapes and sizes however, and ants are drawn to all of them. This is why you want to make sure that all the food in the home is kept in pest-proof containers. This includes pet food, and discarded food, such as the food found in your trash. Speaking of pet food, not only must it be stored properly, it needs to be cleaned up almost right away after the pet has eaten, otherwise, the ants will come for it.
Other draws for ants are sources of water. This water can be found in the form of condensation in environments that are very humid, or they can come from a leaky pipe. In either situation, you will have to remove these sources of excess water to lower the odds of an infestation. Make sure that there are no leaky pipes in the home, and that you use dehumidifiers if an area is too high in humidity.
DIY and professional products
When it comes to DIY, you will find plenty of articles online that promote natural products that will keep ants out, and you will find many chemical options in your local store that will be designed to do the same. However, these options are limited in duration and the area that they can protect. The only real products that prevent ants from entering the home long term have to be implemented by professionals. We are talking about residual insecticides, which will shield your home from ants and other pest insects, and these insecticides have to be installed by a pro. If you would like to know more information about professional ant control prevention, or if you have an ant infestation in your home that needs to be removed, contact us today.