Ants and the Kitchen: A Love Story

Posted on: May 1, 2019 by in Pest Elimination
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Ants: they are fascinating creatures, at least until they’re overrunning your kitchen or in your food. Ants breed incredibly quickly, and once one figure out your kitchen is the place to be, you’ll have a hard time persuading it, and it’s hundred or so family members to go elsewhere.

So how can you fight back as they swarm inside? Read on to figure out your battleplan or if you need to call in the cavalry (ProChem ProActive).

 

Why Do Ants Come Inside?

The ants found their way into your kitchen for one of three reasons; for food (the most likely), water, or shelter.

Ants are most interested in sources of protein and sugar in your kitchen. They’ll get into food in ill-fitting containers, left-out dirty dishes, trash cans, left out pet food, and anywhere else they can find something sweet or meaty.

A water source for an ant won’t necessarily be obvious to us humans; so if you know they aren’t coming in for food, you’ll have to do some sleuthing. Damp spots or a minor leak may fulfill their need for water.

 

What Ants Are You Dealing With?

No ant is a good ant when it’s walking along your counter or half-buried in the muffin you were about to eat, but there are some that are worse than others. If you can, try to identify what kind of ant you are dealing with. Ghost ants, also known as sugar ants, pavement ants, and a few others are innocuous, but if there are fire ants coming in, you’ve got a serious problem.

If you have Argentine, Fire or Carpenter ants, you’ll need to call in the experts. Argentine ants aren’t dangerous but they breed incredibly quickly, and they’ll likely out-breed your efforts to deter them.

Fire ants are not to be messed with – they aren’t afraid of you or your pets and may even choose to attack if they feel threatened. Their bites are like bee stings and can cause severe allergic reactions, even in people who don’t usually react.

Carpenter ants will literally eat your home from the inside-out, and the outside-in, so get the experts in ASAP.

 

How Can You Stop Them Invading Your Home?

Here are four tips if you want to take preventative measures or try some home remedies:

  1. Yard Waste

Make sure you don’t have piles of yard waste decaying near your home; this is an ideal place for ants to live and breed.

 

  1. Keep Your Kitchen Sparkling

Ants don’t need much food, so while left-out food and dirty dishes can be your culprit, even a splash of food on the countertop could be enough for them to feed on. Ensure you put your dishes straight in the dishwasher or rinse them in the sink, have a trashcan with a lid that closes properly, and take the trash out regularly.

 

  1. Check and Eliminate Damp Areas

Check under your sink and around window and doors for signs of damp or a leak in your pipes that might be enough to invite the ants inside. Fix any cracks in the door jams and fill in the gaps around pipes to try and block their entrance.

 

  1. Call The Experts

If you’ve tried everything short of spraying your kitchen with toxic substances (NOT recommended!), it’s time to contact professionals who will effectively and safely eliminate the infestation. You may want to put it off (they’re just ants, right?) but ants multiply quickly, and it won’t be long before your kitchen belongs to them. Make a call before you have thousands of unwanted guests.

 

ProChem ProActive, will work with you to tailor a pest solution for your needs. We will find the source of the bugs, treat any infestations or issues, and even tell you what caused the infestation so you can avoid it or prevent it from happening again in the future. ProChem ProActive offers year round pest solutions for residential, multi-family and commercial customers. Call us today at 866-674-7779!