Prevent Ants: Common Sense Steps

A number of steps can be taken by homeowners to reduce the potential for future ant problems, such as:

  • Store food items that attract ants, such as sugar, syrup, honey, and pet food in closed containers. Wash them to remove residues from outer surfaces.

  • Rinse out empty soft drink containers or remove them from the building.

  • Thoroughly clean up grease and spills.

  • Remove garbage from buildings daily and change liners frequently.

  • Correct roof and plumbing leaks and other moisture problems that will attract ants.

  • Eliminate wood-to-ground contact, such as where landscaping has pushed soil or mulch up against the wood siding of a home.

  • Clip back tree limbs and vegetation touching the roof or siding of the house. Limbs and branches serve as bridges between tree limb nests and the structure.

  • Seal cracks and openings in the foundation, especially where utility pipes and wires enter from the outside.

  • Stack firewood away from the foundation, and elevate it off the ground. Never store firewood in the garage or other areas of the home, as firewood is a major ant nesting area.



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