Sign-in to Account
Call Us

(855) 948-5816

aptive-registered-logo-white

Find Service Area

How to Get Rid of Ants in the Kitchen

Written by Aptive Environmental January 8, 2019

In the animal kingdom, it is hard to find an animal that is quite as tenacious as the ant. Even after conducting a deep clean of your kitchen, it is possible for ants to return in search of food and water. In order to get rid of ants, you need to adopt a comprehensive pest control approach, focusing not only on your home, but on surrounding ant colonies that my been your yard as well.

Why You Have Ants in the Kitchen

Unlike family members, friends or neighbors, ants do not visit your kitchen in order to check out your new countertops or stainless steel fridge. When it comes to the kitchen, ants are there for two reasons: food and water. Because ants have powerful odor receptors, they are highly adept at detecting food sources. Imagine living next to a bakery and being tantalized by freshly baked bread. For ants, even trace amounts of food can be as enticing as a bakery is to you. Additionally, water can be an attractant as well. If you have a leaky faucet, dripping pipes, or poor drainage, your kitchen could be susceptible to ants or other insects.

What do Ants Eat?

Do you have a sweet tooth, or maybe you prefer something carb-y or cheesy? If the answer is “yes” to any of these, then you’ve got something in common with ants. Sweets (granulated sugar and fruit), protein (meat and dairy), and carbohydrates (baked goods) are all big hits with ants. If you are a big cook or baker, it is important that you wipe down your surfaces and don’t leave any ingredient lying around. Furthermore, because it is possible for ants to contaminate food with E. coli or Salmonella, it is important that you keep food put away and sealed tightly. By practicing proper food storage and kitchen cleanliness, not only are you reducing the chances of ants visiting your kitchen, but you are also reducing your chances of getting a foodborne illness.

How to Get Rid of Kitchen Ants

If you discover ants in your kitchen, you are likely dealing with Argentine antspharaoh ants, or odorous house ants. Each of these species is tiny In order to make your kitchen less attractive to ants, you should follow these tips:

  • Make sure opening or cracks around windows and doors are sealed.

  • Clean kitchen surfaces regularly, especially after cooking or eating.

  • Don’t kill the worker ants until you see where they are coming from. These ants are getting food and bringing it back to the colony. By killing them, it will be harder to locate the colony.

  • Remove cat and dog food once your pet has finished eating.

  • Sweep or vacuum your floors regularly in order to get rid of any fallen crumbs.

  • Call a pest control expert to treat your property’s ant colony or colonies.

If you discover ants in your kitchen, there is probably a colony nearby. In order to control ants effectively and efficiently, you need to locate and treat the source. Because ant colonies tend to run deep into the ground, it is extremely difficult to eliminate every ant, especially the queen or queens, on your own. Your best bet is to call a pest control expert such as Aptive Environmental.

After inspecting your home and property, an Aptive pest specialist will be able to determine the most effective and safest treatment option based on your needs. Aptive’s dedication to customer service and commitment to the environment distinguish us from our competitors. If you have a pest problem that needs controlling, call Aptive Environmental today.

Curated articles for you, from our pest experts.

Close-Up Of A Black Ant On A Green Leaf With Water Droplets.

Pest Control: The Lifecycle of Pests

Pests are a nuisance to homeowners, and can cause a lot of damage to property, as well as health risks to humans and pets. To effectively control pests, it is important to understand their lifecycle and behavior. In this article, we will explore the lifecycle of...

Feb 17, 2023
A Variety Of Pumpkins And Gourds In Different Shapes, Sizes, And Colors Are Arranged On The Steps Of A Front Porch. The Steps Are Terracotta-Colored, And The Porch Is Flanked By Green Leafy Plants.

How to Keep Pumpkins from Rotting

Nothing says fall like newly-picked pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns. These festive vegetables provide the perfect front door decor and after-school activity for kids. Unfortunately for homeowners, though, carved pumpkins will often last between just one to two weeks...

May 8, 2024
An Aptive Pest Control Specialist Waves To Two Children From Outside A House Window, With An Aptive Van Parked In The Background. The Children Are Sitting At A Table Inside, One Waving Back While The Other Is Drawing.

3 Reasons Why You Should Have Pest Control

It’s easy to recognize the need for pest control when we find a wasp nest next to the front door, or when a roach scuttles across the kitchen floor, but some issues may not be as visible. Sometimes a single ant on a countertop or a tick crawling up a pant leg can...

Feb 20, 2024
A Close-Up Of Two Mating Black And Orange Lovebugs On A Green Plant With Small White Flowers, Set Against A Blurred Green Background.

Lovebugs: Facts, Identification, and How to Treat Them

Lovebugs: these small insects may seem harmless, but they can quickly become a nuisance in the southeastern United States. With their unique mating behavior and rapid reproduction, lovebugs can swarm in large numbers during certain times of the year. But what...

Feb 12, 2024
A Close-Up Of A Norway Rat Eating Food Scraps From A Dirty Plate In A Cluttered Kitchen Sink.

The Rodent Riddle: A Guide to Rat Control and Identification

In the corners of homes and urban landscapes, rats lurk as stealthy intruders, capable of causing damage and spreading disease. Recognizing the signs of a rat infestation and understanding effective control measures are crucial for maintaining a more pest protected...

Feb 5, 2024
A Close-Up Of A Deer Mouse Sitting On Green Moss With A Blurred Leafy Background.

How to Treat Mice in the Home

Mice, those elusive yet troublesome creatures, have a knack for infiltrating our living spaces and turning a minor annoyance into a full-blown infestation. Understanding their characteristics and behavior is pivotal in effectively controlling these invaders....

Jan 29, 2024
Close-Up Of A Yellow Jacket Wasp With A Black Body And Yellow Markings, Perched On A Small, Gray, Hexagonal Paper Nest.

Understanding and Controlling Paper Wasps

In the intricate tapestry of nature, paper wasps play a crucial role, contributing to the balance of ecosystems by preying on various pests. However, when these buzzing architects decide to build their intricate nests in and around our homes, they can quickly turn from fascinating insects to potential pests.

Jan 8, 2024
A Cozy Living Room Interior With A Light Beige Sofa Adorned With Various Pillows, A Wooden Coffee Table With Decorative Vases, And Large Windows Showcasing A Snowy Outdoor Scene With Trees Covered In Snow.

Why You Need Pest Control in the Winter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRp9paEHIWs As the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop, many people tend to believe that pests die off during winter. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. In fact, winter can be a time of heightened pest movement as...

Dec 4, 2023
A Heat Map Of The United States Showing Pest Activity Levels Across Various Regions From March 10, 2021, To April 28, 2021, With Higher Activity Indicated By Brighter Colors.

Data, Patterns, and Pest Control

As a leading pest control provider, Aptive service professionals encounter all kinds of pest activity across the country. Our ability to monitor this pest activity has provided valuable insights into understanding the prevalence of specific pest types at different...

Aug 1, 2023
How To Pest-Proof Your Garbage Cans

How to Pest-Proof Your Garbage Cans

Depending on where you live, you may be familiar with managing pest-ridden garbage cans. What many city-dwellers and suburbians don’t realize though, is how easy it is for their own trash cans to become home to opportunistic pests. Allowing bugs to live in your...

Oct 20, 2022

Take back your home with pest control today.