Summer Sends Ants Marching into Homes

The National Pest Management Association shares advice on keeping ants out of the kitchen

 

FAIRFAX Va. (July 8, 2016) –The summer season is the perfect time to whip up refreshing recipes in the kitchen, from homemade popsicles to freshly cut fruit platters and squeezed juices— but slice, dice and juice with caution. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), these sweet treats and the messes they leave behind often attract unwanted pests. And, perhaps the most common offenders are ants. Yes, ants will come marching inside to areas with moisture and a steady food source, so it’s no surprise they tend to gravitate to kitchens to self-indulge in summer snacks.

“The kitchen is a common place for ant infestations because it has easy access to food and water sources. Most ants seek crumbs, sticky residue from liquid spills, overripe fruit, and even last night’s leftovers,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “In addition to contaminating food, some ant species can also become serious property threats, so it’s best to resolve the problem quickly.”

For a whole army or just a few ants, the NPMA encourages homeowners to take preventative measures against them with these tips (they’ll have a sparkling kitchen in the process, too.):

  • Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water; repair leaky pipes or faucets.
  • Quickly clean up crumbs and spills as soon as possible.
  • Do the dishes, wipe down countertops, sweep up floors and remove trash regularly.
  • Don’t leave full dog and cat food dishes sitting out all day; pick up dishes once the animals are done eating.
  • Check under appliances and behind garbage cans where crumbs and residue can accumulate.
  • Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house.
  • Seal any cracks or small openings around the foundation of the home and repair ripped screens as these can serve as entry points.

For more ant advice, or to find a licensed pest control professional, visit PestWorld.org.

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The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of public health, food and property. For more information, visit PestWorld.org or Like @PestWorld on Facebook.