How You Can Avoid An Ant Infestation This Spring

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With the warmer weather, the grass is turning green and the flowers and trees are blooming. However, insects and other pests are also awakening, including ants. Make sure you aren't inviting them to your home.

Start From The Outside

While it is important to take measures to keep your home clean and prevent an ant infestation outside, your efforts on the outside are equally important. In fact, you should begin your prevention on the outside of your home. First, start by ensuring all the spaces around your doors and windows are sealed.

Even a small opening is enough space for ants to enter inside your home. Second, you should also be mindful of the landscaping design you choose. For instance, if you have a problem with ants, the last thing you should do is install cedar mulch around your home. Ants like to nest and bore into cedar, creating an infestation right outside your doorstep.

Clean The Pantry

If you're anything like the average person, the inside of your pantry can probably get quite cluttered from time to time. The problem with this is that as a part of this clutter, the top often gets left off the sugar container and the box to your kids' favorite sugary cereal gets left open.

With a heightened sense of smell, ants will smell this buffet and settle in your pantry and throughout your kitchen. If you can keep these foods in sealed containers, you can prevent the scent from attracting the ants in the first place, keeping them out of your home. Make sure your pantry is clean and all food is in sealed containers.

Don't Overlook The Floors

Insects like ants are attracted to food sources, no matter where they are located. Don't just focus on your countertops and overlook the floors. Make sure you aren't forgetting to clean your floors in order to prevent an ant infestation.

Especially in areas like the kitchen, food can fall on the floor and get pushed under the cabinets and sugary sodas can spill on the floor undetected. If you don't clean up these messes, ants are likely to smell them and enter your home. Make it a habit to regularly sweep and mop your floors.

If you fall short on your efforts and ants still infest your home, don't worry. A pest control specialist can assist you. At the first sign of an infestation, contact a professional for assistance. Click here to find more information.

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