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When the ants come marching in, they’re not about to back down. And when you’re not prepared, you could be swatting and squishing the critters without any hope of getting rid of all them. Instead of joining the ants in your kitchen, it’s important to take preventative measures to ensure they’re not going to invade. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Check out these tips for keeping ants out of the kitchen:

Block entry points

Ants are sneaky little creatures, and their small stature means they can fit through very tight and small spaces. That small crack in your window? It’s practically an open door for an ant. The space under your front door? It might as well be wide open. The first step in ant prevention is to block the entry points around your home. It’s tough to spot all of them, but be sure to take care of the obvious ones, and call the professionals to take care of the rest. Besides, you could even have better temperature control in your home and lower your energy bills.

Keep it clean

Ah, cleanliness. You might think you’re doing a good job of sweeping the floor and wiping the countertops, but you can do better. Even the smallest spill is attractive to an ant, whether it’s on the floor or counter. Be sure to regularly and thoroughly clean your countertops and floors in order to clear any spills. When you vow to take care of the mess later, you’ll likely have a few ants joining you in the kitchen. Clear the bread crumbs under the toaster — you might be surprised to discover what’s hiding in there! Keep your space clean on a regular basis in order to keep ants

Keep an eye on the source

In accordance with keeping a clean home, it’s important to eliminate sources that can be attractive to pests. Open food containers are particularly appealing, and specks of sugar that slip out of the bag should be purged immediately. In fact, instead of leaving baking goods such as sugar and flour in bags, opt to store them in sealed containers that block any attempts for ants to jump in. Be sure to take out the trash, too. It may be sealed, but the area around it can be occupied by remnants of yesterday’s dinner. Taking it out daily would be ideal, but if that’s not reasonable, at least be consistent. Finally, some water sources are known to attract ants, so it’s important to fix those leaky pipes or dripping faucets. If the ants have taken over your home, it’s time to take care of the problem right away. Plunkett’s Pest Control has been in the business for over 100 years and has the experience and tools to get rid of your ant problem for good. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a service.

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