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Top Tips for Promoting an Ant-Free Home

Ants are fascinating critters that can lift 10 to 50 times their own weight, have hearing organs located in their knees, and outlasted the extinction of the dinosaurs. But despite these fun facts, the average homeowner doesn’t want them indoors. Pest control specialists can exterminate existing ant problems at the source—the colonies. After your home is treated, taking the following steps will help keep ants away.

Deprive ants of food sources.

The first step in keeping an ant-free home is to stop feeding them. Ants are attracted to particles of food that you might not even see, such as a stray drop of honey on the outside of the bottle or crumbs that have fallen behind the stove. Pest control experts recommend doing a thorough deep clean of your home to encourage ants to look elsewhere for dinner. You’ll also have to prevent ants from getting into food containers like cereal boxes and baking mixes. Place these items in tightly sealed plastic or glass containers.

Fix leaky plumbing fixtures.

Food isn’t the only thing ants are in search of. They also need water. Ants are attracted to the condensation that accumulates on windows and plumbing fixtures. If you have any leaky faucets, get these fixed or replaced as needed.

Caulk around entry points.

It’s virtually impossible to seal every tiny crack and crevice in a home, but caulking around obvious entry points can help discourage these tiny invaders. At least once per year, inspect the caulking around your windows and doors, and add a fresh layer if needed.

Replace kitchen cleaners with diluted vinegar.

Ants are repelled by certain scents, including vinegar. Vinegar can also destroy the scent trails that ants use to navigate to food sources. Fill a clean spray bottle with a half-vinegar, half-water solution, and use this to sanitize your kitchen surfaces.

The most effective way to get rid of ant colonies around your home is to schedule residential pest control services near San Diego. Payne Pest Management is a trusted provider of insect extermination and control services. Call our office today at (877) 365-5629, and start looking forward to having a bug-free home!

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