Ants are one of the most common causes of complaints in US households and the most frequent reason people call pest control. These insects are found to be most active during the summer and spring months when they look for food, water, and shelter. While one ant crawling across the kitchen counter may not seem dangerous, it could mean many others in the house are hidden somewhere.
It is vital to take action as soon as you start noticing ants in your house, or before you know it, you might end up with an infestation in your house. An infestation is even more difficult to manage and can cause cosmetic as well as structural damage to your home. If you suspect there is an infestation, call Boston Pest Control today.
Reasons you keep having ants in your home
You are leaving food items outside.
When you are not eating it, you should leave unattended food items packed in airtight containers or in the refrigerator. Like any other living thing, ants need food and water to survive, and they will be attracted to food sources when you leave them out in the open. This also includes cleaning your dishes before going to bed.
It is essential to clean your kitchen every day to avoid ants from entering.
You are providing them with moisture or a water source.
As already said, all living things need water for survival, and ants are no different. Ants do not drink water on the spot when they find it, but they carry it to their colonies and store it for future uses. Therefore, when they find a good water source, they leave a scent trail for other ants to know that they have found a water source. As a result, more and more ants will start frequenting that place in no time.
You have greasy surfaces.
Food items, especially ones with oil, butter, or other similar components, tend to have a greasy surface behind in the kitchen and other places where you eat food in the house. You may often find ants hiding behind your kitchen stove top or beside food containers. Small leftover food particles easily attract ants. Remember to wipe the bottle jars of honey, jams, ketchup, etc.
You have houseplants.
While most ants do not feed on plants, they are attracted to them for a number of reasons. Ants are often attracted to the sweet fragrances that certain plants give off. Moreover, potted plants tend to have moist surfaces that ants find attractive.