Over the next few months, the common black ant will become much more active in the search for a steady supply of water and food.  Once you see one ant, expect to see more. When black ants find food, they leave a scent trail for their colony to follow.

According to the National Pest Management Association, ants are the number one nuisance pests for homeowners. Preventing them from taking up residence in your home is key. This means paying careful attention to what is going on in your home’s kitchen and bathroom.

1. Take Out the Trash: Get in the habit of regularly removing trash from both of these rooms, even if the bin is not full. It is best to keep trash in bins with tight closing lids until it can be removed from your home.

2. Keep it Clean: Immediately wipe up all spills and crumbs, which are a major food source for ants.

3. Store it Properly: Store all food in either airtight containers or in the refrigerator. This includes fruit bowls.

4. Check the Lids: Ants are attracted to sweetness. Check to make sure all food, shampoo, and lotion lids are secure.

5. Keep it Dry: Wipe down your sinks, tubs and tiles after you have used them. Many ants prefer to create their nests in damp areas.

In addition to these preventative measures, you should also inspect your home for things that need to be repaired. This includes checking your home’s weather-stripping, window screens, and foundation. Trimming back trees and bushes that are close to your home will also help deter black ants.

When it comes to dealing with an aggressive ant infestation, integrated pest management is a great way to stop and prevent another ant infestation. If you are interested in implementing an integrated pest management plan to control your home or business pest problem, call us at 1-800-524-8544.