As a Seattle Pest Control Company, we find that the highest volume of our sugar ant treatments take place in the fall when the weather starts to cool and the rain comes pouring down. This is because sugar ants start to move with changes in barometric pressure. We have had plenty of that lately in the Puget Sound area, haven't we? The driving rain and bitter cold start to move many pests inside, but especially the sugar ants.
If you are looking to avoid having your kitchen taken over by ants, there are a few things that you can try.
1) Weatherize your homeIf you were planning on doing this anyway, why not do it now? Ants can fit in through the tiniest of openings, but lets not make it easy on them. Gaps under the door or around windows can provide a quick access point for ants to come in. By making it a little more difficult on them, you can stop them from establishing a nest and having to deal with it later.
2) Do a preventative exterior treatmentUsually we do not recommend using store bought products for pest control because they rarely work, but when using it as a preventative measure, you greatly increase your odds of getting the job done. Of course, the ultimate answer would be to call a pest control company, but if you want to try the do-it-yourself route, go pick up some Ortho Home Defense and spray the foundation of your home. This will work as a good protective barrier and might help you avoid an infestation.
3) Start up a preventative maintenance program with a pest control companyThis might not be as expensive as you think. Our pest control company charges about $60 to $70 to do a quarterly preventative pest service and it will cover just about any pest. Take a look at your budget and decide if this is worth it to you. Obviously, this would be the best way to keep ants out of your kitchen.
Lastly, if you have any questions about ant treatments or just need a little advice, we would welcome your call!