How To Prevent Ants

Ants

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How to Prevent Ants

Have you’ve spotted ants in your home or business and you're worried you might be at risk of an infestation? You can put in place some simple ant repellent and ant deterrent measures. The checklist below will help you keep your home or business free from ants.

Most ants only come into your home to look for food. They are attracted to anything that’s sweet and sticky, which is why you find ants in kitchen cupboards or areas where food is kept. Once ants find a food source, they lay down an invisible trail that other ants can sense and follow to keep coming back to get more food for the rest of the ant colony. Before too long, you have a trail of ants running across the floor and they are hard to remove.

With that in mind it’s important to not leave temptation in their path. To get rid of ants you must remember to remove the things that attract ants.  The checklist below will help you keep your home or business free from ants:

  • Clean up - food and liquid spillages immediately.

  • Sweep up - any food crumbs from under your kitchen appliances and units.

  • Store your food - in airtight containers wherever possible.

  • If you have a pet - clear away any food that isn’t eaten right away.

  • Block off - the entry points for ants by sealing all cracks and crevices around your doors and window frames.

  • In the garden - keep your compost enclosed and make sure all rubbish bins have tightly sealed lids.

Above all, cover any food in storage areas - you don’t know where ants have been walking before they march across your food.

Did you know once an ant has discovered a food source it leaves a pheromone trail. This chemical helps other ants from the colony to find the food too.

Find out how to get rid of ants or contact us at 1-800-837-5520 to speak with an expert now.

Ant Traps

There are a lot of store-bought or over-the-counter ant prevention and removal devices available. There are some who swear by them, but they are not always an effective or more permanent way to get rid of ants around your home. Ehrlich Pest Control does not endorse any particular brand of ant trap or ant trapping method, whether store-bought or homemade.

Ant traps can be risky, especially if you have pets or small children. They use an attractant to get ants to wander inside of them and then coat themselves with poison that they can take back to the colony. That poison is inside the house and can be accessible to children or pets if proper safety precautions are not taken. Always read the instructions on any ant traps you purchase and closely follow the safety directions.

Sugar Ants, Black Ants, Tiny Ants and Carpenter Ants

There are numerous species of ants located in North America. They all have varied behaviors, and seek out different substances inside homes and around property. That's why trying to use a one-size-fits-all approach to ant control and prevention is nearly impossible and extensive training is needed.

Carpenter ants, for example, look for wooden structures to bore into and create tunnels for their young. Sugar ants look for food and, as you may surmise from their name, prefer sweet things. Black ants and tiny ants are also looking for food, but they may go after fruits, meat, garbage or other substances.

Ants will make use of the tiniest cracks in home’s exterior to get inside. Some ants will hide in cabinets and cupboards. Keeping the kitchen clean is a key step in preventing ants, but professional treatments can help, too.

Effective Ant Repellents

Our pest control specialists know what’s what when it comes to ant deterrents. They understand the habits of different types of ant and can offer the most appropriate and effective solution. Ehrlich experts can also help you remove infestations and activity around your home or business. It goes without saying that all our treatments are safe for people and pets.

You can also help prevent ants entering your home by sealing access points such as cracks and crevices in door and window frames.

You can also help prevent ants entering your home by sealing access points such as cracks and crevices in door and window frames.

Call us today at 1-800-837-5520 or contact us online to learn how our services can help prevent ants.


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