Ants: A Kitchen’s Second Worst Enemy

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Ants indoors can be a major nuisance for any household. Despite keeping your house clean, ants can still find their way inside. Most of the time, you have zero control over this. Sometimes entry points can be next-to-impossible to detect, or maybe your house is old enough to comfortably house them. If you’re waiting for your appointment with our company, but are in desperate need of a temporary fix, use some of the following techniques to eliminate the problem:

Firstly, before you begin remedying your problem, you must identify the type of ants you are dealing with. Each species of ant has its own behaviors, food preferences, and treatments, so make sure to take this into account when combating them. House ants as well as carpenter ants are some of the most common threats to your kitchen countertop.

Keeping ants at bay with powerfully scented substances is a great start to your efforts. Spread ground cinnamon, or ground coffee bits at any and all entry points. If you are discouraged by the untidiness your house may be in with spices sprinkled everywhere, you can use cinnamon oil extract as a great alternative. Douse areas that are known ant hotspots, and see how they will be held at bay for a little while. Ants however, are persistent, and will burrow their way through new entry points in your kitchen. Again, these are temporary fixes, and you should call American Pest Control immediately for more effective solutions to your ant issues.

Another solution you can use is spraying vinegar near baseboards, cracks, and on any tracks they may be travelling on. This eliminates the chemical trail that ants leave behind to allow other ants to follow. Don’t forget, ants work for their colony. By disrupting the pheromone trail they rely on to navigate, you deal a huge blow to their work efforts. Other liquids such as citrus juices and peppermint extracts work well to achieve this goal – although these liquids can eventually attract other pests like roaches.

For Carpenter Ants, diynatural.com suggests a different approach to solving your ant issue. These types of ants do not carry bait back to their nests, therefore you must bring the battle to them. These ants are attracted to wooded areas, especially moist wood, such that is found in foundations, decks, and trees. Consider trying Diatomaceous Earth (DE). According to the website, DE is completely natural – made of the tiny skeletal remains of algae-like plants. DE particles are lethal for insects, as their razor-sharp edges have the ability to cut and shred. When using DE, make sure it is food grade DE. Inject directly into a nest, and it will quickly destroy the colony. However, there can be thousands of colonies living in your yard. Therefore, seek professional help to permanently solve your pest issue.

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