When ants move into a new area, they look for the same three things that any living creature does: food, water, and shelter. With that in mind, the best way to keep ants out of your home is to deny them of these vital elements.

When it comes to long-term, dependable ant control, there is no substitute for help from seasoned pest control professionals and exterminators. However, there are a few things you can do around the house to help keep ants outside. If you want to minimize the chances of finding ants in your home and having them damage your property, read on.

Keep Your House Neat and Dry

Ants love kitchens, as there are often plenty of crumbs, spills, and other food sources for them to snack on. Wiping countertops and cleaning up after meals and snacks can prove extremely beneficial for ant prevention. Additionally, sealing dry food items in plastic or glass containers can keep ants out of your pantry.

It is essential to check your home regularly for leaky pipes and damp spots where water might gather, particularly in dark places like basements, closets, or near baseboards. While these issues on their own will not necessarily attract ants, having access to water will make it much more likely that ants who find their way inside will stay put (and bring the rest of their colony with them).

Seal Cracks and Holes

Even newly built, modern houses have places where insects can squeeze inside, such as cracks and holes. While it is nearly impossible to seal up every possible place an ant could fit through, being proactive about plugging small gaps in your siding, baseboards, doors, and windows can help with ant prevention. Maintaining trees and bushes that are close to your house’s exterior can also help lessen the risk of ants using them as a route inside.

Clean Up After Pets

Surprisingly, your cats and dogs can play a role in attracting ants inside your home. Just like you should clean up after yourself when eating and drinking, you should also make sure to clean up after your pets by washing their bowls regularly, cleaning up water spills, and storing their food in sealed containers. Ensuring there are no treats or kibbles on the ground can significantly help with ant prevention efforts.

Get Help from the Ant Prevention Professionals at Ready Pest Control

Regardless of the species you are dealing with, ants can be tough to remove from your house once they get inside and build their nests. To avoid the hassle caused by ants, it is crucial to follow these prevention tips.

When your ant infestation has become too large for you to handle alone, Ready Pest Control is here to assist. We will take swift action to remove ants that have found their way inside the home and utilize preventative measures to keep them out.

Whether you want to prevent future ant problems or have an active infestation, Ready Pest Control is the call to make when you need affordable, custom-tailored pest control solutions. Call our team today to discuss your ant prevention options.

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