“I love to watch the ants march one-by-one right into my kitchen!” said no one ever. Ants are frustrating little pests that work their way into homes whenever outdoor conditions are not ideal. Even if the weather outside is perfect, these tiny critters seem to have a knack for finding equally tiny food particles in places you had no idea food could go.
Of course, you can handle an infestation once it has happened. There is plenty of information on the internet from Las Vegas exterminators that tell you just how to do it. They even give natural options. For those of you who would like to prevent an infestation before it ever happens, here are some tips.
Prevent the Ant Army Invasion
First and foremost, the ant army won’t come if the scouts can’t find food. If you keep your floors clean and your dishes washed, you are less likely to ever deal with this problem.
If you have small children or pets, it can feel impossible to keep a spotless home. Ants like runaway doggie food bits just as much as they enjoy cheerio crumbs. To keep the ants away, check your home – inside and out – for the cracks and holes they can be entering through. Fill the cracks with caulk and block their paths with salt, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, lemon or vinegar to keep the ants out.
If you do have pets, put their bowls inside of a larger, shallow bowl with soapy water in it. It’ll keep them from feasting on the goods inside.
If there are trees that are so close to the walls of your home that the branches touch, it may be a good idea to prune those branches back. Ants can live in trees and use the branches as a bridge right into your home.
Another very effective way to prevent ants is to find the ant army’s base. The colony won’t always look like a mound of dirt so look carefully for small holes in the ground. If the ants are in your home, there’s a good chance a colony or two is close by. Find them and pour boiling water into the entrance. Take this extra time to win the war.
Oh wait, they’re already in? Okay…
Sometimes, even with all these preventative tips, the ants breach the perimeter. In the event that happens, there are many resources out there about how to get rid of ants. There are natural remedies and options for chemical warfare. Do your research and choose the solution that will be best for you and your family.
If that feels like too much work, just call the Las Vegas exterminators at R and C Pest Control. They know how important it is to attack an ant infestation at the root of the problem to keep them from coming back. For more information about a great exterminator in Las Vegas, contact 702.257.2847.