Ants in the South may not be as active during late fall as they are in the summer, but they still come out when they catch the scent of food. Thanksgiving is the perfect time for ants to make their way indoors where they can find plenty to eat and to carry back to their colonies. If you want to keep ants out of your house this holiday season, it pays to take preventative steps to ant control.
4 Ways to Keep Ants Away This Holiday
Clean up after cooking your meal.
Cooking a Thanksgiving meal takes a lot of work, including a ton of ingredients. As you cook, you may leave behind crumbs and other bits of food on the counter or the floor. Wandering ants will find these food items easily and bring other ants to the area using pheromone trails. Clean up as you cook and after you eat to stop ants before they invade your home.
Seal up the small entryways around your home.
If ants don't have a way inside, you don't have to worry about fighting them off at the dinner table. Be sure to inspect your home for cracks, crevices and other small spaces that ants could use to come indoors. Use sealant and other barriers to block the spaces and to prevent an infestation.
Keep the lids on sugary foods and drinks.
Most ant species enjoy sugary foods, so you'll want to keep your pies and other desserts covered on Thanksgiving. Use a domed food cover to protect your breads, cakes and other foods from an ant invasion. If you don't have food covers, keep everything in plastic wrap while it's sitting on the table or the counter.
Professional Ant Control for the Holidays
It might be November, but ants will still come out and look for food if they pick up on the scent. Whether you're having a meal outdoors or inside, it's important to keep your food covered at all times. Although you can fight pests off while you eat, it's better to think about preventative control. Action Pest and Turf can treat your property for ants and keep them away from your Thanksgiving meal this holiday season.