A garage is not exactly a living space, but nonetheless, it is not a space in your home where you want to experience an ant infestation. Fortunately, more often than not, ants infest a garage because something in the area has attracted them there. Professional infestation treatment and some practical changes can help you eradicate the problem.
1. Pet Food
Try to avoid storing your pet's food in the garage. To ants, food is food, so it does not matter whether it is for your dog or cat; the ants will also see it as a food source. Couple this with the fact that ants can pick up on the scent of the food from a considerable distance away, and it will only be a matter of time before you have an ant problem.
It is best to keep a garage as clutter-free as possible. Ants are not necessarily attracted to clutter, but instead, all the trash and other items that are typically included with clutter. Even after you have had the infestation treated by pest control, you need to ensure you clean the garage. If you leave the clutter, the ants will likely return.
With continued use, it is not uncommon for holes or cracks to develop at the base of a garage door. Consider just how small an ant is, and it is easy to see that a small crack in the door is more than enough room for an ant to gain access to the garage. Similar to clutter, you should fix these gaps after the pest control services to avoid a repeat problem.
4. Stored Food
Many people use their garage as a space to store extra food, such as canned goods. Unless the food is stored in an airtight container, this behavior will often attract ants and other rodents. Given their small size, some ants can make their way into these food products, which offers them a long-term food source and, ultimately, a long-term infestation.
5. Lawn Care Items
Be mindful of the lawn care items that you store inside your garage, as well. Take grass seeds, for example. For ants, these seeds are a viable food source, which means they will also serve as an attractant. Follow the same practices as storing food in the garage, and ensure you keep the seeds in an airtight storage container.
Make sure you contact a pest control professional to have the infestation addressed and follow these practical tips to help avoid the problem in the future. For more info on ant control, contact a professional near you.