The Stay-At-Home order is forcing most of us to spend much more time at home. Right now you may be noticing ants crawling in you kitchen or bathroom. Because you are at home, you may be paying closer attention to certain problems in your home like pests. Right now, the fact that you are cooking more and that everybody seems to be snacking all the time could contribute to your ant problem.
Ants Are Heading Inside
Ants usually build their nests outdoors, but these pesky little bugs can become a nuisance when they start searching for food inside your home. The problem gets worse once they find food. When they find a good food source, they will continue to come inside your house. They collect the food and then leave to take it back to their colony. Since there might be more crumbs on your floors and possibly dirty dishes sitting in your sinks, ants could be on their way. Did you know that water can also attract ants to your home? Bathrooms can turn into an area for ants to nest since they have access to plenty of water there.
What To Do When You Find Ants
If you do not clean spills or other messes in your kitchen or any other parts of your house, you are attracting ants. Clean your kitchen thoroughly on a regular basis. Maybe have other members of your household help you. “Ants are particularly attracted to the scent of sugar and grease,” says Joe Martin, Entomologist at Terminix. If you happen to find ants in your bathroom, check near sinks, toilets and tubs for dripping water. Keep in mind, a leaking kitchen sink could also attract ants. Try to keep the area around the kitchen sink free of standing water. Scrubbing floors as well as inside drawers with a disinfectant cleaner can help keep ants away. In order to prevent an ant infestation, you need to stop them from initially entering your home. Ants can slip in through small cracks or holes in the walls. Use silicon caulk to seal cracks and holes in walls and floors and seal windows and doors with weather stripping to prevent ants from entering your home. If you cannot get rid of the ants in your home, call the experts at Terminix!