Ants are some of the most persistent, annoying pests in Salt Lake City. They live in colonies, so when you see one, there are usually many more nearby. Fortunately, many ant infestations can be prevented by using these simple tips.
Ants are always on the hunt for food, so eliminating possible indoor food sources plays a major role in preventing them from coming inside. Keep food in sealed, airtight containers in cabinets and pantries.
If you have pets, don’t forget about their food, too. Instead of rolling down the top of the paper or plastic food bag, decant the contents into a sealed, airtight container just as you would your own food. It’s also a good idea to remove uneaten food that your pet leaves on the plate so it doesn’t become an attractant to ants.
A few crumbs may seem inconsequential to us, but they can quickly become a buffet for ants. Sweep up crumbs and spills promptly, paying special attention to kitchen corners and underneath cabinet toe kicks.
While kitchens are the most likely place to be on the lookout for accidental ant attractants, don’t forget about other rooms, too. Crumbs can easily be tracked into other rooms, get lodged within couch cushions, and go unnoticed until there’s a trail of ants calling attention to it.
If you do find a stream of ants leading to a food source, remove the item(s) they’re eating and eliminate the pheromone trail they’re using so more ants don’t immediately come marching back.
Ants are also attracted to water sources, and moist areas can be particularly appealing. Eliminate standing water in potted plants, the bottom of trash cans, and on doormats to deter ants. Less obvious water sources include puddling from slow leaks or condensation from older appliances.
Ants are tiny insects that only need a small opening to get inside. That’s why it’s important to seal cracks and gaps in your home’s exterior. This will not only keep ants out, but also many other pests as well. Pay particular attention to spaces between pipes, cracks along the foundation, and openings near windows and door frames. These entry points can often be sealed using caulk or insulation foam purchased at your local home improvement store.
Excess shrubbery, weeds, and grass can all create harborage areas for ants. And when doing yard maintenance, don’t forget to look up; tree limbs and bushes that touch the sides of your house or overhang the roof can provide easy access for ants and other pests looking to come inside. Trim limbs back regularly and keep shrubs at least 18″ away from the sides of your home. It’s also a good idea to move woodpiles, construction waste, and other debris that may be close to the house.
Garbage cans—both indoors and out—can provide a host of ant attractants: food, water, and shelter. You can discourage ants from finding all three by simply keeping a lid on your garbage cans. This will help eliminate smells that are enticing ants as well as stop other pests (especially wildlife) from invading.
One of the best ways to prevent ants is through year-round pest control. A pest control professional can help you identify possible entry points and eliminate the conducive conditions that can cause ants to infest.
Ants are found worldwide, and Salt Lake City is no exception. These insects have plenty of access to the moisture they need to survive in the valley. Additionally, the vegetation here provides harborage areas for ants to nest and thrive.
Ants are particularly active in the spring and summer months, though some species, such as pavement ants, can swarm even in winter.
Ant infestations can be tough to eradicate on your own. If an influx of ants has taken over your Salt Lake City home or office, your neighbors at Moxie Pest Control can help. Our field experts are trained to identify the ant species endemic to Utah so they can quickly determine which type is invading your space and recommend an effective, reliable solution.
Our pet- and family-friendly treatments will help you reclaim your home—and your peace of mind. Contact the experts at Moxie Pest Control today for a free quote.