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Should You Worry About Ants in Your kitchen?

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Controlling ant infestations in the summer can be challenging, but there are several effective strategies you can use to manage and prevent these pests:

1. Identify the Type of Ants

Different types of ants require different treatment methods. Common types include:

2. Maintain Cleanliness

Ants are attracted to food and water sources. To minimize their attraction:

  • Clean up food spills immediately.
  • Store food in airtight containers.
  • Dispose of garbage regularly.
  • Keep pet food dishes clean and store pet food securely.

3. Seal Entry Points

Ants can enter your home through the tiniest cracks. Inspect and seal:

  • Windows and doors
  • Cracks in the foundation
  • Utility entry points (e.g., pipes and wires)

4. Apply Ant Baits and Traps

Ant baits are effective because they attract ants to carry poison back to their colony. Make sure to:

  • Place baits near ant trails.
  • Avoid killing the ants you see, as they need to transport the bait back to the colony.

5. Use Insecticides

For severe infestations, insecticides might be necessary:

  • Spray insecticides: Apply around the perimeter of your home and in areas where ants are entering.
  • Granular insecticides: Spread around the foundation and garden areas.

6. Hire Professional Pest Control

If the infestation is too large or persistent, consider hiring a professional exterminator. They can provide targeted treatments and long-term solutions.

7. Prevent Future Infestations

  • Maintain Yard Hygiene: Keep your yard free of debris and standing water.
  • Trim Vegetation: Ensure plants and trees are not touching your house, as they can serve as bridges for ants.

Additional Tips to Control Ants and Other Unwanted Pests

  • Regularly Inspect and Monitor: Keep an eye out for new ant activity, especially after heavy rains or changes in weather.
  • Be Proactive: Implement preventive measures before summer begins to reduce the chances of an infestation.

Ant Pest Control in:

Ant Hotline: 757-502-0200

By following these steps, you can effectively manage and control ant populations during the summer months. Universal Pest & Termite offer exterior pest control programs for ants and well as all natural solutions upon request.

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