Housekeeping Help – Ants!

I’ve heard that ant problems are seasonal, primarily in the summer and also during heavy rain.  Well, here at my house, those theories are out of the window!  Ants are my peskiest pest and they seem to pop up in the strangest places – sometimes without an obvious trail and at the oddest times.  I really don’t understand it.

Anyway, these tips popped up in my email this morning from The Termite Guy.  Just thought I’d share in case any of you understand my pain…

Ants are making their way into homes this time of year. They follow the moisture trail and the sugar path, especially in hot dry weather. Below are helpful tips for preventing ants from entering your home.

  • Don’t leave out any dirty dishes. Wipe down all of your cupboard and countertop surfaces with vinegar; this cleans, disinfects and leaves a nasty smell as far as ants are concerned. Sweep and vacuum the kitchen area daily.
  • Rinse off any jar, container or bottle that has a sticky or leftover residue. In particular, check jam/jelly jars, sauce bottles, pickle bottles, cordial bottles and honey and syrup containers. Place your honey jar and any other very ant-attractive foods inside a bowl of water.
  • Seal every food item in containers. The containers need to be of the sort that ants cannot get into. Be relentless about this for 3-7 days. The ants, having nothing to eat, will go elsewhere. This works because the ants are following the chemical trails left by other ants, who did find food.
  • You may also need to seal fragrant items such as cleaning powders, deodorants, and the like in case these attract the ants’ initial attention. Just be alert to any congregations around non-food sources.
  • Load the soapy water. Soapy water will both kill the ants it hits and it will destroy their chemical trail, preventing more ants from following in their tracks. This cheap and easy method consists simply of putting one teaspoon of liquid dish soap into a spray bottle and filling it with water. When you see ants, spritz them and that will be it!

 

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