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The only thing more frustrating than one ant invasion are multiple ant invasions that just keep coming back. To solve a recurring ant problem, you’ll first need to determine what is attracting ants to your home in the first place.
Ants are attracted to the two things essential to their survival: water and food. This is why you’ll typically find ants near a home’s wet or damp places (like houseplants or a dripping bathroom sink) or areas where you eat or prepare food (like the kitchen counter).
When it comes to food, these pests have a “sweet tooth,” so sweet substances and anything that contains sugar can be an ant magnet. Along with candy, fruits, and soda, carbohydrates like bread and crackers also contain enticing nutrients for ants. With their keen sense of smell, these pests can even sniff out the crumbs or sugary residue left on unrinsed recyclables from long distances away, leading to trash bin infestations.
Many types of plants can also attract ants. The leaves and damp soil provide moisture and protection from predators. In some cases, a plant’s sweet fragrance can bring ants to your home. Roses and peonies are some of the biggest offenders in this category.
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There are multiple steps you can take to prevent ants from becoming a recurring problem in your home:
If you have an ongoing ant problem, placing poisoned bait around your home may work temporarily, but it’s not likely to work as a long-term solution. Plus, there’s the danger of a child or pet coming into contact with the poison. Working with an experienced ant control professional can help eliminate the colonies around your property and prevent new ones from forming.
At Horizon Pest Control, we know ants. Our New Jersey and New York ant exterminators have the training and experience to control and prevent infestations on your property, both safely and effectively. Give us a call today at (201) 447-2530 or contact us online.
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