It is common to find ants in kitchens. Ants are small and have the ability to squeeze into your home through some pretty small openings. The fact that it is common to find ants in kitchens does not mean that you should be okay with ants hanging around. If ants have invaded your kitchen, it will help you in your eradication efforts to figure out why they are coming in. The broad answer for why ants are invading your kitchen is that they are searching for food. Specifically, ants are often drawn in by open packaging in pantries, crumbs and spills around the kitchen, overflowing trashcans, and food in the sink.
Poorly closed packaging in pantry
Ants may be invading your kitchen to get to the food in your pantry. If there are packages inside your pantry that are not properly closed or sealed, they could be the cause of an ant infestation. Ants do not need a big opening in order to get into a package. They can also be drawn in by what seems like small amounts of food. If you notice that the line of ants in your kitchen is leading to your pantry, you may want to clear out your pantry to clean up any spills and properly seal any packaging.
Crumbs and spills
Crumbs and spills around your kitchen can cause ants to invade. It is easy to forget about a spill or go without noticing crumbs on the floor. Unfortunately, ants will notice the spills and crumbs that you fail to promptly clean up. Make it a habit to clean up spills and crumbs immediately if you see them happen. It is also a good idea to regularly look at the floor under your barstools and kitchen table to check for crumbs and spills.
Ants will also invade your kitchen for the food that is in your trashcan. If you have a trashcan without a lid in your kitchen, it is an invitation for ants to come in. If you have a lid but the trashcan is routinely overflowing or full to the brim, ants will take notice. Ants are not picky when it comes to getting to your leftover food – they are happy to eat the food you throw away. In order to avoid this situation, take out the trash regularly and never let it get to the point of overflowing.
Food in sink
It is easy to get in the habit of setting your plate or bowl in the sink after a meal. If there is leftover food on the dishes – even a small amount – it can be a potential cause for ants to invade. It is important to throw away any food waste and rinse off your dishes before putting them in the sink. This routine will help you in your efforts to keep ants out.
If ants are invading your kitchen, look for any obvious reasons why. You can get help from a pest control professional to identify the cause of the ant invasion and eradicate them from your home. Addressing the element that brought ants inside along with getting professional pest control services will help you in your efforts to keep ants out of your kitchen. Get in touch with Nixtermite to get started.