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How to Prevent Ants in the Home

No homeowner who has had to confront the problem of ants in the home needs to be reminded of how big of a nuisance these little pests can be, and winter is often a prime time for ants to try and make their move indoors.

But as this short video demonstrates, there are a number of simple steps you can take to not only prevent ants in the home, but also stop a potential ant infestation.


Places to Check to Prevent Ants in the Home

The key is to focus on the main areas where ants are likely to try and make themselves at home.

The kitchen is a prime target for ants, thanks to the presence of both food and moisture. To help keep them out, be sure to:

  • Stay on top of crumbs and spills, including on floors and countertops, behind small appliances and inside the microwave
  • Store sweet staples (sugar, honey, syrup) in re-sealable containers, and wipe them down frequently
  • Take trash out regularly, and rinse out all soda and juice containers before disposal
  • Keep an eye out for leaks and excess moisture around the sink

The kitchen isn’t the only hotspot for ants – excess moisture in the bathroom can attract them as well. Be vigilant for leaks and drips around all sinks, tubs and toilets.

The closer ants get to your home, the more likely they are to move on in. Excess moisture is again likely to be the big draw here, so it’s important to repair leaks from areas like hose bibs, downspouts, drain lines and air conditioning lines. Some ants also like to nest in wood, so be sure to keep any stacked firewood at least 20 feet from the house.

Following these basic guidelines should keep things clean and dry, and help you avoid ants in the home. But if you think they might already have found their way in, don’t wait until you have a big problem to take action. Contact Erdye’s Pest Control today for a FREE inspection!

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