This is a beautiful time of the year. The days are getting shorter, the air is getting crisper, and we’ve escaped the oppressive summer heat. This can only mean one thing here in New York: fall is right around the corner. And if you like to cook, you’re probably getting your recipes together for some delicious late-summer/early-autumn dishes. You have a lot on your plate, and the last thing you need is ants annoying you in the kitchen. So we prepared some tips for keeping them out:
- Make sure your home is sealed. Ants will enter through the tiniest of cracks, so look around for any obvious access points from the outside. If you can see them, you can bet your bottom dollar that the ants will, too!
- Try to eliminate moist, damp areas. Ants like moisture. So if you’ve got leaky pipes or faucets, you may want to fix them. Also consider installing a dehumidifier in dank areas, and try to make sure that most of your home is well-ventilated.
- Don’t leave food lying around. Never leave food on kitchen countertops, and be sure food in your cabinets is sealed. Also, try to regularly take out the trash—leaving an overflowing trash can sitting for days is one of the most sure-fire ways to get ants.
- Trim your foliage so it’s not touching your house. Bushes, shrubs, and branches surrounding your home can be like ant-bridges—it’s one of the most common ways for ants enter from the outside.
These tips should help prevent an ant problem before it starts. But if you currently have ants, you may want to contact a pest control professional. As the weather gets colder, your problem will only get worse as more Nassau ants seek a nice, warm shelter. Give us a call so you can rest easy.