Ants are annoying. I mean, seriously, they appear seemingly out of nowhere, take over your yard, the garage, even invade your home in little armies.
And just when you think you’ve got them figured out and exterminated, there they are, in your bathroom, crawling across your countertop!
Ants are relentless. It’s part of the reason why they’ve been around since the dinosaurs. Like many of the pests we deal with here in Arizona, ants might be harmless compared to Bark Scorpions or Black Widow Spiders, but they can be cumbersome.
Look, we’ve had a fairly dry summer, which is typical for the middle of the desert, but it also drives ants and other pests into new areas searching for food and water. Many times, that means invading your home.
What can you do to keep ants from invading your property and home?
Follow these steps:
Clean: No one actually enjoys cleaning, but if you want to keep pests out of your home, particularly ants and cockroaches, which ultimately lead to spider and scorpions invading your home, you need to keep things clean. No crumbs on the floor, no crumbs on the counter, no dirty dishes in the sink. A clean home means a pest free home…most of the time.
Pantries: We often shut the door of the pantry, or close the door of the cabinet, and thing the food is secure. In reality, that is the biggest mistake most homeowners make in terms of pest control. Food is never safe from ants. If your cereal is not in a container, if your chips and crackers are not sealed properly, ants will sniff those things out and will find them.
Sugar: If you have kids, and you send them outside with a tasty treat in the heat of summer, that tasty treat can very easily end up all over the patio…which will absolutely attract ants and all kinds of pests. Sugar is the ultimate calling for ants, so be sure to keep not only the floors and countertops clean inside, but spray off the patio and keep food and sugar and soda spills off the concrete.
Home Sealing: Ants and other pests can come through cracks in your caulking smaller than you probably realize. Sure, you can DIY seal your home, but it’s best to call in the Magic Pest Control experts and have them seal up every nook and cranny of your home.
Ultimately, you do have control over whether pests are going to find their way into your home…