How to get rid of ants in the kitchen
If you didn’t know the ant’s favorite place in the house then here it is: the kitchen. The kitchen has everything the ant needs to thrive and feel at home. They can quickly go from an annoying nuisance to a persistent pest problem. Ants are not carriers of diseases but they can carry bacteria as they walk through different surfaces enroute to your house. The good news is that ants can be completely eliminated from your space.
Begin by identifying the ants in question to enable you to come up with the apt solution in eradicating them. Since there are different species of ants all with different habits, misidentification will mean you are throwing the wrong solution to your ant problem. Even when you are shopping for ant bait the vendor selling you the solution will ask you which type of ants you are exterminating. Look at the color, size, and whether they are biters.
Next identify their entry point. You can do this by following the ants’ trail to find the spot where they are gaining entry from. Focus on these areas for treatment. Also follow this trail to the actual ants’ nest. The colony and nest are typically located outdoors and what you get to see are the scouts as they look for food. The nest may not be easy to locate but with due diligence you will find it. This is the spot to bring in the heavy artillery. Use ant poison and spray the area liberally. This will ensure the entire colony is eradicated.
How do ants enter your home?
There are several entry points for ants into your space. They gain access through gaps in the windows and door as well as through areas where the utility pipes enter your space. They will enter the house usually during the warmer months of the year as they find food for their growing colony. The queen has by this time laid her eggs and they are hatching into larvae which need a lot of food for their growth development into the pupal stage.
In order to attract each other when they find a source of food, ants will leave behind a scent that attracts others. In order to ensure you don’t get an ant infestation it is crucial to undertake annual treatment of your house and the outdoor nesting areas. This means having some granular bait in the environs of your house as the warm months begin to roll in.
Ants are admirable because of their diligence and discipline but they are pests nonetheless and must be treated as such. For effective results in eradicating ants get the help of a professional pest exterminator.