Ants. You probably saw them occasionally throughout the year swarming on every stray scrap of food that your kids left behind. As winter was approaching, you probably thought you could wait them out and that the cold would do them in. So you are sitting in your kitchen now and can’t help but notice a trail of ants, perfectly healthy, invading your home. Why? How were they able to survive and what should you do about them now?
Sugar ants are one of the most difficult pests that we treat here in the Portland area. They are one of the few pests that can actually be made worse if you go about it the wrong way. That is what one of our customers found out when she tried to spray the ants with a store bought ant spray. Thinking she was doing a good job, all that was accomplished was creating panic in the nest. This was because all ant sprays that you buy at the store are repellent based and sugar ants do not react well to repellents. Click here to find out more about that.
So you see, they are kind of tough to get rid of. On top of this, they are not affected to much by the cold winter weather because it is about 70 degrees inside your house and that is where they are living right now! The good news about the cold is that it does kill off any new colonies from entering most of the time, but it just won’t help you with the ones you already have. These bad boys are here to stay unless you do something about them.
Since we know that you have them in your home and they are probably not going anywhere, here are a few words of advice:
#1) Keep Them At Bay
If you are not willing to spend the money on a pest control company just yet, you can at least divert their trails. Ants follow phermone trails and these trails can be erased by spraying them with Windex. This is not really helping your problem, but it can assist in keeping them from using your counters for example.
#2) Use Ant Bait
Again, assuming you are not ready to call in the professionals, try putting out ant bait. I mentioned ant spray can be counterproductive, but I didn’t say anything about ant bait. Now, keep in mind that store bought products are only going to take you so far, but they are better than nothing.
#3) Clean, Clean and Clean
If you can effectively remove any and all food sources, the ants are going to be forced to move on. Do a deep cleaning of your kitchen. Pull out the fridge and the oven and clean thoroughly behind them. Make sure to clean any grease spots on and around the stove as well. Lastly, make sure they have no water either. You probably have noticed them around your sink and in your bathroom and this is because they need water to survive just like we do. When you are done using your sink, be sure to wipe up the excess water with a towel.
If you are in the Portland or Vancouver area, I have a really good recommendation for a pest control company….US! We would be happy to help you get rid of your ant problem and have some online coupons to keep the price down for you. Give us a call at 971.219.6681 to see how we can help you!