Indoor Ant Control

Indoor ant control tips! It's easy to keep ants out of your kitchen when you know how to combat the problem.

It happens to everyone at one time or another. You walk into your kitchen to make yourself a little snack and then you see them. A trail of ants, on your counter, your table, or along the kitchen floor. How did they get there? Where did they come from? How do you get rid of them and prevent these unwelcome guests from coming back? Though ants are persistently annoying, you can get rid of them for good. With a little consistent effort, you can rid your kitchen of those pesky ants and keep them away.

Despite what you may have heard, ants aren't drawn to a kitchen because it is excessively messy or dirty. Ants are constantly seeking out a food supply. It doesn't take poor housekeeping to attract them, but rather just a few crumbs or a little bit of food that is not properly stored. Once they find this hint of food, they set up house somewhere nearby and start making tracks to the food source. So, even a well-kept kitchen can attract ants.

To eliminate the ants, you must eliminate the availability of the food. Keep all your food stored tightly in containers or well wrapped. Be sure to clean up crumbs and spills as soon as possible. Regularly sweep the floors well. And keep your pet dishes clean also. All of these sources for minor food particles and crumbs in your kitchen are the only encouragement ants need to invade your home.

But what if you are diligently ridding your kitchen of these food sources and the ants still keep showing up? First you need to realize that what you see isn't always what you get when it comes to ants. The cluster of ants around your banana bread crumbs, or near the dog's bowl, is only a portion of what waits back at the ant colony. That's why when you spray the ant killer spray where you see ants, a few die on the spot, but later on you see more ants somewhere else around the kitchen. The spray is effective for getting rid of the ants you see, but not the ones you can't see.

To rid your kitchen of ants completely, you'll have to do more than spray. In order to eliminate the ants back at the colony, wherever it is, you have to use bait as well. The ant baits or traps lure ants to the poison and then the poisoned ants take it back to their home base. Soon the poison spreads throughout the colony to effectively get rid of the entire ant population. The combination of spraying and baiting should get rid of all ants, seen and unseen.

If you clean, store properly, spray and bait and you still have ant problems, it may be time to call a pest control company. But try cleaning, spraying and baiting for a while before you do this. It may take a couple of rounds to completely solve the problem. With a poor food supply and a dying population, remaining ants will move on to an easier target. Just remember that a little persistence can result in a clean, ant-free kitchen.

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