Ants may not be a health hazard to you and your family members; however, these pests have a knack of getting into anything and everything around your home, more so in the kitchen. Leaving an infestation unchecked can lead you to having ants on every surface, in food containers, along your walls and in any other place imaginable in your home. As such, it is recommended to try your best to keep these insects from accessing your home in the first place as getting rid of an ant infestation can often require professional fumigation. So what are some of the tips that you could use to ensure an ant-free kitchen?
Keep cracks and crevices sealed
The reason why ants have the upper hand over other pests is that they can easily pass through the smallest of holes and crevices in your home. As long as there is a crack in a door or window frame, in your foundation or on the wall, ants will be able to march their way right into your home. If any of these cracks or crevices is in the kitchen, you can be assured the aroma of food will eventually lure the ants into your residence.
One of the first measures you can take to prevent an ant infestation would be to ensure they do not have any access points that they can take advantage of. Using some caulk or plaster, fill up all the visible cracks to keep the ants from seeking food and moisture from your home.
Keep pet food stored securely
A common mistake homeowners make is remembering to clean up their food and eliminating waste securely but leaving out pet food for a long time. Keeping your pet's food out all day and night is simply presenting a buffet service to ants. If the water and food are sitting right there waiting for consumption, you can be assured that you will have an infestation in no time. The best thing you should do is bring out the pet food when it is mealtime for your dog or cat.
If they do not finish the food that you have laid out for them, pack the leftovers in a sealable bag until the pet's next mealtime. You should also clean up their crumbs with every meal, as even the smallest particles would be sufficient to feed an army of ants. These measures will ensure that you are not tempting ants into your home nor are you leaving readily available nutrition for them.
Get in touch with services that offer ant control if you're unsure of how to stop an infestation.