Prevent Ants

How to Prevent Ants from Harvesting Your Food Storage

Ants and other pests are determined to ravage your food storage. As a homeowner, you need to be a step ahead of these unwanted guests. Purchasing food in bulk comes with a lot of benefits and some risks. Anyone in a warehouse knows that pest control is a never-ending problem. Thankfully, Green Pest Services can help you approach your ant problem proactively and keep these insects out of your kitchen and pantry. 

How to Protect Your Food Storage from Ants

Prevent Ants

Worker ants are always scrounging for food that they can bring back to their colonies. Once they discover a food source, they communicate with other workers to help them harvest the stock. Given the size of ants, they can easily slip into your area without being noticed. 

Although you may have made your food storage rodent-proof, you must ensure it is also ant-proof. In general, pest control is about being proactive. Thus, you need to make sure you do not have an issue from the get-go. To protect your food storage against tiny invaders, below are steps you can take:

  • Seal cracks. No matter how temperature-controlled your food storage room may be, it may still have cracks. The majority of homeowners only use a pantry or kitchen area to keep their surplus. Ants can enter your food storage room through cracks around the ceiling, in the room’s seams, and around the door. 
  • Clean dirty dishes right away. Leaving dirty dishes untouched in the sink motivates ants to find their way inside your house. Rinse and place dishes in your dishwasher. Ants will feast on food debris left behind from your meal.
  • Get rid of crumbs. Even tiny crumbs left behind on the floor or countertop can be dinner for an ant colony. Unfortunately, ants can smell food even if they are ten meters away from your house. Although some pests like cockroaches may also show up in your kitchen or pantry, ants may be the first ones to do so and will bring many uninvited guests. To fight this problem, ensure everything is tightly sealed. 
  • Store food in airtight containers. Airtight containers protect food from moisture and keep insects such as ants away. Once you open sealed packages, you must protect the food. Do not assume that those re-closable bags are truly pest-proof. 

Reaching Out to Experts

Sometimes, your ant issues may persist, despite your efforts. For one, there are various species of ants and some of them may survive a treatment solution while others don’t. If you cannot eliminate an ant infestation in your home with over-the-counter products, it is best to have a pest control expert take care of the problem for you. This expert knows the specific treatment method to use depending on the species of ants you have and the extent of the infestation.