As the weather in Phoenix starts to warm up, many of us start spending more time outdoors. While that is great for allowing you to participate in your favorite outdoor activities, it also means that you may encounter problems with ant infestations. When the weather is warm, ants often make their way inside homes in the area to look for water and food, as well as to escape the heat.
Here’s a look at some of the most common areas you might find ant infestations and what you can do to prevent them.
Common Sites for Ant Infestations
There are a number of areas in your home that can be prone to ant infestations, including:
- Kitchen and Pantry – Because you cook and store food in these areas, they are prime targets for ant infestations. Ants will look for any open food containers, as well as spills left uncleaned. You may also find them in and around your kitchen sink, as there is likely to be moisture in this area. The sink is especially susceptible if you use your garbage disposal frequently without cleaning it thoroughly.
- Dining Room – This is another area where spills and crumbs are common, making it an attractive destination for ants. If you have a rug or carpet under your dining table, there may be more leftover food on the floor than you realize. This can provide a steady food source for ants if you aren’t careful.
- Garage – You’ll often find ants in your garage, thanks to its easy access to the outdoors through its vents. Some homeowners store your trash cans in the garage as well. Food remnants, drink container spills and other debris in your garbage cans often attract ants.
Preventing Ant Infestations
Keeping ants out of your Phoenix home is often easier said than done, but there are steps you can take to minimize your risk of ant infestations. For starters, do your best to keep your home as clean as possible. This means mopping or vacuuming your floors regularly to ensure there are no crumbs or spills left for extended periods. Be sure to wipe up any spills on tables or counters promptly as well.
In your pantry, try not to leave food in open containers. For just a few dollars, you can buy airtight food storage containers. Once you open a package of food, place any leftovers in one of these containers. This will minimize any food odors, making it more difficult for ants to find the food in the first place. As an added bonus, your food will stay fresher for longer periods as well.
For your garage, the best way to keep ants at bay is to clean your trash cans regularly. In most cases, a simple spray with a hose will do the trick, eliminating any food residue that has accumulated. You can also hire a service to clean your garbage cans if you would prefer not to do it yourself.
Finally, if you notice ants in your home, try to figure out where they are coming from. Ants leave a trail for others to follow, and following the trail backward can help you identify the source. Be sure to clean the area after the ants have been eradicated to protect your children or pets from the harsh chemicals.
Get Help from the Professionals
Ant infestations can be tricky to get rid of, but the Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination team is here to help. We’ll visit your home regularly to treat the outside, which can prevent ants from ever getting inside in the first place. Call today to schedule an appointment.