Are You Avoiding Ant Attractants?
Ants can be frustrating to deal with when they are invading your living space, especially when they are marching through food areas. Eliminating ant attractants in and outside of your home can reduce the chance for an infestation to ever begin.
It’s true that kitchens and bathrooms tend to be the most vulnerable locations for ants, but ants can also be found in bedrooms (think kid’s and teenager’s rooms), inside walls, in living rooms and basements and even in air conditioning and heating units.
Ant Attractants in the Kitchen
In the kitchen ants are attracted to a wide range of temptations, such as garbage, left over crumbs and spills, grease spills on the counter-tops and floors, sweet items such as open soda and juice containers, syrup and honey (especially sticky bottles) and even fruit bowls left out on counter-tops attract ants. There are also much needed water sources in the kitchen, so the kitchen really has it all if you’re an ant.
Ant Attractants in the Bathroom
Ants, especially carpenter ants, are drawn to areas with excess moisture; this makes bathrooms an attractive place for roaming. Leaking sinks, tubs, toilets and plumbing are a stable source of water supply. You may also be surprised to find out that ants are also attracted to open shampoo, lotion and soap containers (and it isn’t even to make THEM more attractive!).
Ways to Reduce the Chance of an Ant Infestation in Your Home:
Keep food spills cleaned up. Keep food in air tight containers.
Take the trash out daily.
Check and repair the sinks, tubs, toilets, plumbing for water buildup and plumbing leaks.
Seal cracks and crevices, repair screens on doors and windows and replace weather-stripping to prevent ants from entering your home.
Keep tree branches trimmed away from your home.