How to Prevent Ant Infestations

Ants in the home can be a massive problem. Ants forage for food by smell, which may lead them right into your kitchen. Once ants have established a food source they will continue to come back time after time, contaminating your food, and even stealing some of it! Some species of ants will even make their nest inside your home! To keep your home ant free be sure to implement these rules.

Minimize moisture

Ants require moisture to survive, so be sure to keep all water sources tightly shut inside and outside your home. This includes ensuring water pipes are not leaking and gutters and downspouts direct water away from the house.

Keep things clean

Don’t invite ants in by leaving food crumbs and particles strewn about your kitchen or the rest of your house. Keep counters and floors clean and be sure all dirty dishes are taken care of before heading to bed. Take the trash out regularly and keep appliances, including the dishwasher, fridge and stove, clean.

Remove outdoor nests near the home

If you’re aware of an ant nest near your home it’s a good idea to reach out to an exterminator to take care of it. Chances are they will soon be marching for your pantry!

Don’t store trash or other debris near the home

Trash, rock and wood piles and other types of debris left next to a home can allow for moisture to collect, providing a nice stomping ground for ants. Since they are already so close to your home they may try and get inside if they catch a whiff of something that spikes their interest.

Identifying ant species

There are many different types of ants and all of them require specialized treatments. If your home is suffering an ant infestation it is best to allow a professional exterminator to identify the species of ant to determine the best way to rid them of your home. Some of the more common types of ants are pavement ants, carpenter ants, odorous house ants, thief ants, acrobat ants and pharaoh ants.

If you need an ant exterminator in Phoenix, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale or the surrounding area you will want to talk to Arizona Organic Pest & Termite Control. Our team is highly experienced at ant control, as well as many other forms of commercial and residential pest control, such as bed bugs, spiders, cockroaches and more. Give us a call to schedule pest control in Phoenix, Arizona.