Despite their small size and seemingly harmless nature, for most people, ants become a big problem when they start foraging in increasing numbers in the home – in the kitchen and any location where someone might have left some food or sugary drink residue behind. Before you know it, you may have an uncontrollable ant infestation on your hands.
Fortunately, there are effective precautions you can take to make sure that your place stays an ant-free zone.
How to get rid of ants in the kitchen
Ants are commonly found in areas that are abundant with food, which means your kitchen is the most likely area where the ants will head towards. Ant scouts leave a scented trail for their comrades to follow towards any food they have discovered. And remember that these are very small creatures so a thin smear of peanut butter or a soft drink ring around the base of a can will provide them with a feast even though it might not be noticeable to the human eye. So the best way to effectively solve an ant problem is clean anywhere that may have food, block their point of entry into your home, and, if you can track the ants back to the colony, to treat the area around it to keep its population in check.
The point of entry for ants tend to be cracks or gaps along the floors, walls or under the doors. You want to create a barrier of protection around your home to prevent these pests from getting in – this is where products such as the Mortein Kill & Protect Easy Reach Surface or the Mortein Professional Outdoor & Indoor Surface Spray will come in handy! Spray all around the identified entry points and other possible entrances such as the perimeter of your home. It is important that you are thorough and spray a continuous barrier around the window or door as any missed section will provide the ants an access into your home. Such a treatment will protect your home for up to 6 months when sprayed on surfaces.
How to get rid of ants permanently
If you have an infestation in your home, you will want to consider permanent ways of eliminating the problem. The key is to locate the nest and then treat the area around it. Mortein Kill & Protect Ant Sand Killer is a highly effective and fast acting product that kills ants on contact, providing you with the means to control the ant populations before they even get close enough to your home to make a nuisance of themselves. Thoroughly spread the sand around the ant nest and areas where ants are most active, apply below the edge of concrete paths and driveways, and sweep it in-between pavers.
Did you know that ants are highly attracted to protein and sugar? If you see an ant infestation, it may be the food that you have on offer in your kitchen. To prevent an infestation from occurring, ensure that your kitchen is regularly cleaned – keeping the indoor and outdoor areas free of food particles and make sure to wipe down any sugary spills. Store left-over food in tightly closed containers, clean eating utensils and dishes soon after use, and seal garbage bins. Additionally, wipe down bench surfaces, tables, shelves and drawers thoroughly and clean floors and rubbish storage areas regularly. Remember, prevention is key!