Winter is finally winding down, which means isn't far behind. Once the warm weather arrives, you'll want to get outside and enjoy yourself. However, before you start planning your spring activities, there's one important thing you should do, and that's get started on the ant control. You might not have thought about this, but as soon as the warm weather arrives, the ants are going to come out of the woodwork. The last thing you want is to have your springtime enjoyment marred by an infestation of ants. Luckily, with the right steps, you won't need to. Here are three simple methods you can use to stop ants in their tracks this spring.
Start with a Winter Pest Control Service
During the winter, ants tend to stay hidden. Unfortunately, that might make you think that you don't have anything to worry about. However, that couldn't be farther from the truth. The fact is that the ants are still there. They're just hiding where you can't see them, which makes winter the perfect time to get a jumpstart on the ant control. While the weather is still cool, schedule an appointment with your exterminator. Have them come out and give your home an initial ant control treatment. Applying pesticide while the ants are still in their nests will help ensure a more precise treatment.
Pay Attention to Your Kitchen Counters
Once spring arrives, you'll need to pay attention to what you have on your counters. That's the first place that ants will target when they start making treks into your home. To help keep ants out of your home, be sure to keep spills cleaned up off your counter, especially the kind that involve sugary, sweet substances. Ants are attracted to sweet scents, and any spills that are left on your counter will invite ants by the hundreds. You'll also want to avoid leaving fruit out on your counters, even if they're in decorative bowls. The sweet scent of fruit will also attract ants into your home.
Inspect Your Yard for Early Ant Activity
During the spring, ants can multiply rapidly, and so can ant hills. If you're not careful, you could end up with dozens of ant hills all over your yard. Unfortunately, once an anthill is fully operational, it can be difficult to get rid of it. That's why it's important that you irradicate ant hills while they're still small. The best way to do that by inspecting your yard on a regular basis. Try walking around your yard a few times each week. If you notice fresh ant hills or notice increased ant activity, contact your pest control technician and have them come out for a pesticide treatment.
Contact a local ant pest control service for more information and assistance.