Keeping Kitchens Ant-Free
Mmmmm! Who doesn’t love the aromas of all those scrumptious foods that come from our kitchens? Often times, it’s these scents that attract both us — and ants– to the the kitchen. (Fun fact: Ants, in particular, are attracted to sweet scents. #jointheclub) While it’s perfectly acceptable for us to be found eating & drinking our way around the kitchen, no one necessarily wants ants hanging out belly up to their bar or countertop. Here are some tips to keep in mind to discourage ants from hanging around YOUR kitchen:
MAKE MEALTIMES MORE THAN EATING
Dirty dishes sitting either on the countertop or in the sink for extended periods of time act as an ant buffet. Wash them or load them in your dishwasher every single day.
STICK IT TO YA
Wipe off sticky bottles, jars and containers. (Yep, I’m looking at you, you cute little bear-shaped container of honey!)
IT’S COFFEE O’CLOCK
Mornings without coffee are scary. #amirightoramiright Who else needs a caffeine fix each morning? If you add sugar, milk or creamer to your coffee, be sure you take the time to wipe up any spills afterwards.
Pick up any uneaten pet food. (Clearly you don’t have a labrador retriever if your dog leaves food in his bowl!) While we certainly don’t find dog food appealing as a meal, ants do!
Eliminate excess water. Periodically, check underneath your sink for any small leaks in the pipes. Overwatered house plants also provide plenty of water to keep ants hydrated and happy.
Kimberly Phillips is the Communications Director at Blue Chip Pest Control. She has been in the pest control industry for over 20 years.