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Don’t Let Ants Make Your House Their Home This Summer

The heat outside this summer will have you retreating inside to the safety and comfort of your own home. Typically, you will want a nice cold beverage to cool off or relax with a tasty snack. You might not be the only one heading inside for a snack, as there are many methods to keep out ants in the kitchen.

Like humans, ants need food and water to survive, and that makes the kitchen one of their favorite spots in your house. Crumbs and spills on your kitchen counter create a welcoming meal that invites ants into your home. Besides immediately cleaning up the mess left on the floors or counters, here is how to deal with ants.

Once you finish that carton of milk, or pour the last drop out of the lemonade, thoroughly rinse out the empty container before throwing them out. Not only that, but regularly take out your trash and recycling. Also, throw out any overripe fruit, especially if you leave a fruit bowl out.

The kitchen might be the only place that the ants will find food, but there are other rooms in your house that can attract a thirsty ant. Areas with excessive moisture will attract ants, which makes ants want to find their way into your bathroom. Carpenter ants often build nests in damp areas, such as under the sink or behind bathroom tiles.

You can prevent ants in the bathroom by thoroughly cleaning and scrubbing the floors with disinfectant. Check the sink and the shower faucet for leaks or drips and eliminate any possibility for an invitation for these pests.

A 2012 report from the National Pest Management Association named the ant the No. 1 nuisance pest in America, and for good reason. Besides kitchen and bathrooms, we commonly find ants inside walls, bedrooms, living rooms, and basements. 

Ants can easily find their way into your home by any means necessary, and experts recommend that you seal cracks, repair holes, and replace weather stripping to lower the chances of ants invading your house.

Colonies of ants can contain thousands of members, which makes them one of the most difficult pests to control. If you find an unwanted guest call Van Den Berge Pest Control at 616-392-7367. Trust the locally owned, widely renowned experts at Van Den Berge Pest Control for all of your pest needs. With over 100 years of combined experience throughout the Holland, MI-based pest control team, you know you’re in good hands with our state-certified experts.

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