Teeny Tiny but Timely: How to Get Rid of Ants in My Kitchen
As the weather heats up and the world wakes up from a long winter slumber, there is a flurry of activity that you probably won’t notice right away. You may not see the birds building nests and tending their young, or the honeybees happily buzzing from flower to flower or the cute, fluffy baby animals everywhere.
No, you probably won’t notice those things, not even the little ants marching on, one behind the other, in search of food.
Well, not until they are marching right into your kitchen.
Then all bets are off. The newness of spring isn’t quite so fluffy and cute anymore. This is war.
If you are plagued with nuisance ants, take consolation in the fact that you aren’t alone. At McDuffie Pest Control, we get calls every day from frustrated homeowners looking for ways to control ants in their kitchen. Rest assured, you are in excellent company.
And fortunately, we have some solutions for you any problem.
How Do I Get Rid of Ants in My Kitchen?
Ants can fit in the tiniest of cracks too, so if your doors or windows aren’t sealed, they’ll walk right in. If you want to get rid of kitchen ants, deny them access. Seal all doors and windows very well.
We once had a call from a customer, “I have sugar ants in my kitchen!” She exclaimed. “No matter how many times I kill them, they just keep coming back!”
This is so common!
One of our technicians went to her home and traced the trail back to the point of entry. He showed her, and they promptly sealed it. Next, he used a solution of bleach and water to wipe down the entire area from entry to where the ants stopped. This removed the pheromone trail so that they couldn’t communicate a food source any longer. This also killed the ants that remained in the home.
Next, he went outside, located the trail, and found the nest. He was able to treat the nest, which killed the colony, and the customer’s ant problem was solved!
Tiny Ants in My Kitchen
However, before you ask how to get rid of ants, you should be asking, “Why are there ants in my kitchen?”
Insects will enter a home looking for three things: Food, water, and harborage. It may be one of these, two, or all three, but that, simple as it may be, is the draw. Knowing what causes ants in kitchen spaces will go a long way in helping you get rid of them.
Even the tiniest crumbs on your kitchen counter or floor are like a neon buffet sign for ants. All it takes is one little ant to “discover” a crumb on your counter. He immediately releases pheromones as he returns to the colony. This trail tells other ants that there’s food at the end of his pheromone rainbow, and they rally to begin the trek to sustenance. They grab little bits and carry them back to their queen and the young.
When you see ants in your kitchen, your first response is probably, “There are sugar ants in my kitchen! Get them OUT!” Or whatever kitchen ants types happen to be in your home.
The good news is, we can help.
Contact McDuffie Pest Control
If ants have moved into your home, we’ll help you give them their marching orders right away. Contact McDuffie Pest Control at the first sign of an ant invasion, and we’ll take care of the rest. Don’t let ants or any pests take over your home and property. Call us first!