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How to Get Rid of Ants in the Kitchen Counters

Heigh ho, Heigh ho - It’s Off To Work We Go! That is what I think I hear when I see that line of ants making its way through the kitchen counter to whatever food is lying around. While ants don’t leave any dirt trails, they can make stepping foot in your kitchen a big problem. You won’t be able to turn around and reach for anything without disturbing them and inviting them on your body.

Kitchen ants can be ruthless. They get into everything and anything that is left open. They swarm the surface like bees on honey and then leave a pheromone trail behind, so that they can come back later. What’s annoying is that they always come in a group and since a colony has around 500,000 ants, you never know what to expect.

About Ants

Here’s a fun fact – an ant can lift 20 times more load than its actual body. If a second grader had that kind of strength, they would be able to lift a car - talk about power! More than 12,000 species of ants have been identified up till now and it is estimated that there are at least 10,000 more. Ants like to live in colonies and cannot survive if their queen dies. Since there are so many species of ants, it’s impossible to find out which ones are currently raiding your kitchen cabinets and counters. These tiny creatures with immense strength have 6 legs, which they use to feel the vibrations of an upcoming danger. Just as they don’t have any hearing power, they also don’t have lungs and breathe through several holes all over their body.

5 Steps to Get Rid of Ants in the Kitchen

Step #1: Clean Up

Easier said than done, right? However, if you want to find out where that trail of ants is coming from, then you need to make your kitchen spick and span. Tightly lock all jars, cover food items with polythene wrap and make sure there are no crumbs on the counter. Vacuum all crevices and corner, and wipe down everything with a cloth.  Do not spray a cleaning solution or chemicals on the trails, this will cause more harm than good.

Tip: Since some ants are mostly attracted to sugar, make sure that all the jars are tightly closed. A great way to stop ants from getting in the cookie jar is to wrap an adhesive tape, sticky side up, around the jar. This will stop the ants from getting inside.

Step #2: Find the Colony

Once you have cleaned up, finding the colony is easy. Since you haven’t yet used any ant repellent sprays, they will make an appearance again. The single trail in your clean kitchen will take you straight to the colony and then, you can decide how to exterminate them.  

Tip: A small crack is enough for a colony to make a home. Look for cracks on your countertops or at the bottom. There are several other places in the kitchen from where the ants might be coming from, such as a hole in the wall, behind the oven, seals, weather stripping, inside your cabinetry, etc. Since most of the food is kept on the countertops, they will make their way to whatever is visible and make it impossible for you to get them out and dust them off the food, which you can’t probably eat anymore.

Step #3: Do Not Use Windex

You can always use Raid or big box store brands to kill these ants and get rid of them but they will most likely just show back up somewhere else. Do not use windex, this may kill them, but cause them to search for another trail and even cause the colony to get bigger.  

Step #4: Do Not Use Lemon Scented Furniture Polish

I have read they it is recommended to use a lemon scented wood cleaner, stay away from these types of recommendations, you will end up with the same response from the ants, they will just avoid the area.  You may kill a few but there are 1,000’s more where they came from.  You only want to use a non repellent insecticide spray.  OR use bait stations to feed them with the deadly mixture, Advance Dual Choice will offer them 2 food sources to make sure you have it all covered.

Step #5: Wipe Off Excess of Water

Ants can survive on very little water but a surface that has water spilled on it is an oasis to them. They are always on the lookout for fresh water. Therefore, if you are thinking about killing them with water, then think again. Do not keep dirty dishes in the sink, under water for more than a few hours. Wherever you see water spillage, wipe it immediately and make sure that the surface is not moist.

As mentioned earlier, ants are of different kinds but kitchen ants are mostly attracted to sugar and protein.

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