Sure, it may be commonplace for you to find foraging ants the kitchen as the weather warms up each spring. But the Midwest pest control professionals are here to tell you that this does not have to be the case. Our theory is that no pest is a good pest. So even those few ants you are finding here and there can and should be eliminated. And as always, prevention is the best way to avoid the threat of a pest infestation. Did you know that we offer treatments to get rid of ants before they enter the home? That’s right, we can pre-treat for ants now so that you don’t have to deal with them later. Call one of our pest control professionals today to learn more about how to avoid ants this spring. But if you are looking for a few ant proofing strategies of your own, here are Plunkett’s top ant proofing tips: Seal off all possible entry points. This means inspecting along the foundation, windows and doors for any holes, cracks or other openings. Replace window screens if they are worn or broken, apply caulking to cracks in the foundation, and make sure that you have a tight seal around the door. Eliminate potential food sources. Ants will eat just about anything in the kitchen which means that you need to be proactive and make sure there is nothing for them to find. Store open food in airtight containers, wipe up crumbs and spills right away, and even do a deeper clean to remove built up grease from the stove and kitchen cabinets. Keep a good distance. Ok so you can’t move away from every ant you see but what we mean here is that you should trim back any bushes, shrubs or tree limbs that are touching the side of the home. With a good space between, ants will not have that bridge to gain access into the home. Clear the yard of wood sources. Some ants, we are talking carpenter ants here, will be searching for moist, decaying wood in order to make their nests. This means that you should remove sticks, twigs and other wood sources that have fallen to the ground. Also, make sure the firewood is stored up off the ground and away from the exterior of the home. Now that wasn’t so bad was it? Remember, even with your best attempts to keep ants away, sometimes they do find their way inside of the home. But if you are living in Minnesota including Minneapolis or Alexandria, MN; Lincoln or Omaha, NE; throughout the Quad City region or elsewhere in our service area, please contact Plunkett’s Pest Control today! We offer ant and pest control for homes as well as businesses throughout the Midwest.