Missy Henriksen: Hi! I'm Missy Henriksen with the National Pest Management Association. And today we're talking about areas in the home that ants typically infest. It probably won't surprise you, but the kitchen is a favorite haunt of ants. In addition to the food, the sink provides a water source which ants need to survive.
If you're not diligent about cleaning up crumbs and spills, you may be inviting ants in. Keep ants away from your kitchen by storing sweets staples likes sugar, syrup and honey in sealed containers and wiping them down to remove any sticky residue.
Clean up grease, spills and crumbs from countertops and floors as soon as they happen. Any anti juice or soda containers should be rinsed out before recycling or throwing away and make sure to take the trash out regularly. Keep an eye out for leaks around the sink. Without food sources and moisture there won't be anything to attract ants to your kitchen.
Ants seek out water sources, so any areas with excess moisture are susceptible to an infestation. Inside, inspect bathroom sinks, tubs, and toilets for leaks and drips. Outside, check for moisture near structures that may be attractive to ants. Promptly repair any leaks and hose bibs, downspouts, drain lines and air conditioner lines.
Some ants nest in wood. So if you have firewood in your yard, stack it at least 20 feet from your house. If you think your house or yard may be infested, call a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat your home for ants to make sure they won't be back.