If you don't like pests setting up shop in your home, you might be interested in hiring a professional exterminator to help you with your problems. However, unless you understand the tools that they are working with, you might find yourself wondering what else you can do to curb issues. For example, if you don't mention that mosquito problem, your exterminator might not know to treat that water feature with a pesticide that targets larvae. My site explains different ways you can prepare for your professional pest control treatment, so that you aren't left with issues later down the road.
Ants like to travel in colonies--meaning tens of thousands of ants could be traveling with that one ant you just found in your pantry. If you aren't sure where the rest of the colony is located, you'll need to do some work. Preventing those ants from invading your home is key. Read on for tips to prevent ants from taking up residence inside your home.
Wipe Down Your Kitchen Counters
Keep your kitchen counters clean and free of debris or food particles. To clean up these areas use bleach wipes or a vinegar and water solution. Soap and water will also work, but make sure to rinse your counters to remove any leftover soap residue. Wipe up your counters after every meal, every evening, and after cooking or meal prepping. Even the smallest of crumbs can entice ants, so keep these areas clean.
Keep A Lid On Indoor Compost Bins
Make sure you have a tight lid on your indoor compost bin or take it outside to prevent ants from being lured in. These bins can make for great soil for your garden, but they can also be just the right mix of ingredients that pests such as ants will enjoy. Compost bins outside of your home can also be enticing to pests so don't place these bins too close to your home.
Clean Garbage Cans
Your indoor garbage cans can get awfully filthy over time. Holes in the garbage bag, spills, and other debris can all cause your garbage can to get dirty, and this buildup can be a great feeding area for ants. Clean your garbage can with bleach or soap and water at least once per month.
Clear Drains And Clean Drain Stops
The drain stop in your kitchen can accumulate with food particles, which can be a nice place for ants to eat. Empty this drain stop after each time you wash the dishes and also make sure you clean the drain if it is clogged. Clear the drain using vinegar and baking soda. A clogged drain may be a good place for ants and can also be a breeding ground for fruit flies as well.
Spray The Exterior
Spray the exterior of your home around the perimeter--especially around exterior door frames and windows where ants may come in. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the pesticide and spray these areas in the early spring and throughout the warm weather months when ants may be more prevalent.
Control ants and prevent them from bringing their entire colony into your home by using the tips above. Call a professional pest control company like Paffy's Pest Control for help if you find that you have an ant problem (or other pest problem) in your home.Share
26 June 2018