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5 Great Tips to Prevent Ants

Warm weather means pests come out to play!

Just as we eagerly anticipate the arrival of warmer days, pests are also on the lookout for favorable conditions. In particular, ants can become a prevalent and troublesome issue during this time. As we spend more time outdoors, it's not uncommon to spot ant hills cropping up on our sidewalks, front yard, or even in the backyard. To tackle this challenge, it's essential to arm ourselves with effective tips to prevent ants. By taking proactive measures, we can ward off these unwanted guests and enjoy a pest-free outdoor experience.

No matter what type of ant we see out there we are going to want them out of our yards and homes as soon as possible. In this article, we’ll be explaining five good ways to exterminate ants out of your living spaces throughout the entire summer.

Ants are climbing the branch

1. Find & Eliminate Any Entry Points for Ants

You might be wondering… How are ants even entering my home?! Simple- the cause of that is due to mostly small cracks and crevices from the outside of your home that are leading them inside. These small entrances for ants can be very common in older buildings and homes. This is the reason why most homeowners of aged property have a hard time preventing ants.

However, luckily for you, it is possible to find and get rid of these cracks and crevices that may be leading all those ants into your home. Though it may be hard to find them and take a good amount of time, what I am about to share with you is one of the first and most important steps you can take in ant prevention.

checking the outside of the wall  pests are there or not

It’s not like they magically just pop in in your home, start by checking out the exterior. With that being said, to keep these pests from making themselves at home inside your house then you must make sure you check out the exterior of your home.

While you are out there checking out the exterior, it is key to take note of any windows or doors that may lead into a basement area. Over time, they can be poorly sealed which allows for ants to make an easy entrance into your home.

Other great areas to check around are pipes and cables that may enter your home, as well as the doors and windows of the main part of your house. You can use tools such as caulk to fill in these gaps and prevent ants from using that entrance.

Ceiling the gaps of windows and doors

Sealing up those gaps and cracks can also help with many other pest problems that may arise in the future. If you question any of the cracks or crevices you find during your search, we recommend getting them repaired by a professional.


2. Cleaning your Kitchen

Yep, you already know those ants are drawn to open food sources so here are some quick tips to keep those pests away!

  • Cleaning out these food sources in places, particularly the kitchen, helps dissuade ants from coming inside.

  • Clean up immediately once you are done.

  • Keep food stored properly in the fridge or pantry. Sealed plastic containers are a great way to keep ants away from food.

  • Clean spills and dropped crumbs off countertops and floors. Wash dishes as soon as you can.

  • Regularly take out the trash.

  • These simple tasks will keep those ants away and create awesome habits to maintain a clean kitchen!

It's not like they magically just pop in in your home, start by checking out the exterior. With that being said, to keep these pests from making themselves at home inside your house then you must make sure you check out the exterior of your home.

While you are out there checking out the exterior, it is key to take note of any windows or doors that may lead into a basement area. Over time, they can be poorly sealed which allows for ants to make an easy entrance into your home.

Other great areas to check around are pipes and cables that may enter your home, as well as the doors and windows of the main part of your house. You can use tools such as caulk to fill in these gaps and prevent ants from using that entrance.

Sealing up those gaps and cracks can also help with many other pest problems that may arise in the future. If you question any of the cracks or crevices you find during your search, we recommend getting them repaired by a professional.

cleaning stain on the floor

3. Pet Food

Not only does your pet look forward to their feeding time, but these ants look forward to their food too! Pet food is just as appealing to ants as is human food. If you have pets, it is best to store away their food just as how we would put away our food! This is an easy and effective way to prevent ant infestations.

Here are some tips that we want to share on how you should store your pet food:

  • Store the pet food in plastic containers since leaving bags of pet food open allow ants to get into it and feed.

  • Clean pet bowls and dishes regularly.

  • Pick up the crumbs of food left in a pet bowl since any little bit can easily attract ants.

  • Don’t forget about the outdoor pet bowls! Those particularly need to be washed every day. Speaking of outdoor pets, the doggie doors also provide an easy entrance for ants. If you notice that ants are a constant problem in your home we suggest looking into getting a sealed door that is tight enough to stop pests from entering.

pedigree on the bowl

4. Water Sources and Keeping Them Dry

Places with moisture are where ants will thrive the most. Start looking out around your yard for any standing water within or outside of your home because that can be a reason for ant infestations.

Some ideas of places to check for:

  • Plant pots

  • Pet bowls

  • Baby swimming pools

  • Storage containers

You get the idea so maybe this is giving you an urge to take a break from reading this and go see what could have standing water in your yard!

Other prominent places to check for leaks are places like under your sink and any pipes. Repair these leaks as soon as you can. Items on your porch or in your backyard can collect water and become a place for an infestation to grow. The more moisture that you have around your home, the more likely you will have an ant problem.


5. Clean Gutters Regularly

It can be a pain to do this and is not a task that most look forwards to, but this is another simple duty that you can do that can help with preventing ants in your home. I agree that it can be laborious, time-consuming, and tedious, but is a necessary step.

Gutters are a part of the home we tend to forget about which over a long period, can lead it to become clogged up with leaves, twigs, and other outside debris. Along with it leads to creating a plethora of stagnant water which is an optimal breeding ground for ants. With that being said- Clean these gutters regularly!


removing dead leaves from the roof

Conclusion

If you want ants to walk over to your neighbor’s yard instead of yours then take advantage of the advice from this article! After this, you have learned that if your yard and home are unmanaged and uncontrolled then it can easily and quickly become infested with ants. Even though some ants may be inconspicuous and mostly unharmful, some other species of ants can be a real threat. You have to admit it, it is a real pain (literally and figuratively) when we encounter fire ants! Let’s do what we can to stop those pests to enjoy our yard and home this summer.

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