As winter starts to fade and spring slowly approaches, common household pests like ants emerge from their underground hiding places seeking food, water, and a new place to call home. While their presence might seem harmless at first glance, an infestation can quickly occur, becoming a major nuisance for homeowners. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to prevent ants from invading your home during early spring. Keep reading for some of our best tips.

Seal Entry Points

Ants are experts at finding their way into homes through even the tiniest cracks and crevices. Take the time to inspect the exterior of your home for any potential entry points, such as gaps around windows and doors, cracks in the foundation, or openings around utility lines. Seal these entry points to prevent ants from gaining access to your living spaces.

Keep Your Kitchen Clean

A clean kitchen is less likely to attract ants in search of food. Be sure to wipe down countertops, sweep floors, and promptly clean up any spills or crumbs. Pay special attention to areas where food is stored or prepared, such as the fridge and pantry. Storing food in airtight containers can also prevent ants from getting in.

Trim Vegetation

Ants often use vegetation as a bridge to access homes, so keeping your yard tidy can help prevent them from gaining easy entry. Trim back bushes, trees, and shrubs that are near your home, and be sure to keep grass and weeds neatly trimmed. This not only eliminates potential pathways for ants but also makes your yard less hospitable to other pests that ants might prey upon.

Eliminate Standing Water

Ants are attracted to sources of moisture, so it’s important to eliminate any standing water around your property. Check for and repair leaky faucets, clogged gutters, and areas where water tends to accumulate, such as flower pots or birdbaths. By removing sources of moisture, you can make your home less appealing to ants and other pests.

Maintain Outdoor Trash

Ants are attracted to the scent of food, so it’s important to properly manage outdoor trash to avoid drawing them near your home. Make sure trash cans have tight-fitting lids and are emptied regularly. Rinse out recycling bins and trash cans to remove any lingering food residue that might attract ants.

By taking proactive steps to prevent ants in early spring, you can protect your home from unwanted intruders and enjoy a pest-free season ahead.

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