Ants eat a wide variety of foods, so keeping your home free of food debris, crumbs, and dirty dishes is crucial to preventing an infestation. Although ants have an appetite for many foods, there are a few that are more likely to trigger an infestation. At Bug Out, we’ve put together a list of foods that are more likely to attract ants and a few tips on keeping ants at bay.
Foods That Can Attract Ants to Your Home
When ants enter your home, they are looking for a food and water source. In addition to moisture in your home from leaky pipes or other areas where water has gathered, food is also a significant attractant for ants. From pavement ants to carpenter ants, once they find food, they will return to the nest and continue to forage in your home for food.
- Greasy foods– There are types of ants that like protein and will seek out foods that have that nutritional content. Foods with lots of fat and grease are a favorite of theirs, including the wrappers from the meals. Be sure to clean up items such as fast food wrappers after eating to keep ants from discovering them.
- Sweet foods– Most types of ants are attracted to sugary foods. Ants like the smell of fruit, sugar, and syrup and will quickly surround food once it has been discovered by the scout ant. After a cookout or party, it is vital to make sure that the leftover sweets are cleaned up and put away.
- Leftovers/trash– Some ants, such as pavement ants, will eat any food items that fall onto the ground from discarded wrappers and bubble gum to other food-related scraps and trash. To help keep these ants away, be sure to store your waste away from your home and in a garbage container with a sealed lid.
Professional Ant Removal Services
Dealing with an ant infestation on your own can be tricky, and oftentimes can only lead to making the problem worse, so it is essential to enlist the help of the ant experts at Bug Out.
We provide comprehensive indoor and outdoor ant removal services to keep your home ant-free all year round. Inside the home, we apply baits and dusts to all entry points. We also treat the basement and any water sources within the home for general pests. With expert pest control services, you can rest assured that your home will be ant-free. Our regular service program will maintain a barrier around your home that will not only keep ants out but will also help control other unwanted pests year-round for a pest-free home!
Contact Bug Out today to learn more about our ant removal services.