Of all the different household pests that homeowners have to deal with, ants can be particularly frustrating. No matter how hard that you work to keep your kitchen clean, you can encounter a long line of ants at the drop of a hat.The good news is that most household ants don’t bite or carry diseases, but they are definitely a nuisance.

The Bug Man has been providing household and lawn pest control in Arkansas for 40 years and counting, and we’re here to help you with all of your pest control needs. Whether you need to get rid of ants, mosquitoes, bed bugs, termites, or cockroaches, we’re always a phone call away. We also offer humane wildlife removal services if you have something larger and furrier in your attic or crawlspace. The best defense against ants is a good offense, and we offer the following tips to keep the ants away:

Clean your kitchen thoroughly-Even the smallest amount of food can attract ants (and cockroaches), and one mistake that we often make is assuming that our kitchen is clean enough once we sweep, do the dishes, and wipe down our counters. It’s also important to clean behind and underneath appliances, and take out the garbage daily. If you’re storing any food on your countertops, make sure that it’s in sealed containers. It’s also a good idea to avoid leaving out pet food and water dishes.

Eliminate water sources-Sometimes we like to pre-soak our dishes before loading the dishwasher, but it’s important to avoid letting them sit in standing water for more than a couple of hours. Be sure to also dry your countertops, and look under your sink for any leaks in the water supply line or drain trap.

Search for access points-Window screens are usually sufficient to keep ants out, but make sure that there are no tears in the screen, and that the screen fits snugly. Make sure to also trim any tree branches that are in contact with your home, and caulk up any gaps that you find around your pipes.

If you have any questions about ant control, or would like to schedule service, contact us online, or give us a call at (501) 663-9464.