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The Ants Go Marching One by One

Ants are amazing little creatures. Their determination has inspired folk tales and video games. Their complex societies fascinate scientists and children. But their trailing mini-highways do not gladden the hearts of homeowners.

Basically ants will go wherever they can find consistent sources of food and water. First they usually send out a scout. It’s that lone ant you see scurrying across your kitchen counter. He’s the Kit Carson of the ant world. Head him off at the pass and you may avoid the problem. Clean the surface immediately, and hopefully more ants won’t follow.

But to ants your kitchen is a veritable pirate’s cave full of hidden treasure. Spilled juice that dribbled it’s way under the fridge, bread crumbs, and even spattered oil on the stove. Or teenagers’ rooms with nearly empty soda cans, candy wrappers and perhaps a sticky spoon or plate hidden somewhere – all these call loud and clear to ants from miles away.

To avoid an ant attack, clean up after preparing food and spills. Regularly clean cabinets, counter, stovetop and floors to prevent food buildup. Use vinegar or soapy water to eliminate the scent of food that will attract ants. Be sure to take out the garbage every day and keep it bagged. Ants will inevitably find their way to garbage so keep your bins as far from the house as you can.

Pet food is another ant attractant. Try putting out your pet’s food only for short times during the day. Wipe up spills immediately.

If you have a serious ant infestation, it may be best to call a professional NY, NYC pest control firm.