Growing up, I lived in a sprawling farmhouse in the country. This beautiful home was constantly filled with the sounds of laughter and the smells of delectable food being prepared in the kitchen. Unfortunately, our home was often invaded by some unwanted guests, ants. Pesky ants would welcome themselves into our living room, kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, and bathrooms. One night, I crawled into my bed only to discover I wasn’t alone. Ants had somehow climbed onto my bed! These destructive ants even ate holes in some of the clothing hanging in my closet. Is your home filled with unwanted, biting ants? On this blog, you will discover the latest methods pest control specialists use to rid homes of pesky ants.
If you have noticed several fruit flies buzzing around in your kitchen, chances are you want to find a way to make them vacate immediately. Fruit flies are nuisances and can become problematic if they become abundant. Here are steps to take to ensure these pesky pests stay out of your kitchen for good.
Tend To Your Sink's Drainage Area
Fruit flies are known to stay in areas where odors from foods are present. Since you likely utilize your sink for the rinsing and washing of dishes, there is bound to be a smell lingering around the drain if you do not take the time to clean it appropriately. Make sure to scrub the interior of your sink regularly with a cleaner safe for plumbing systems. Remove the P-Trap under your sink periodically to remove food remnants that have become trapped inside. Rinse this piece of pipe well before returning it to its proper position.
Lure Fruit Flies To Their Demise
Place a homemade trap on your counter to capture fruit flies. Place some apple cider vinegar inside a glass or jar and cover the container with a piece of plastic wrap. Poke a few holes in the wrap using a pencil. Make sure the holes are wide enough for fruit flies to slip through them. The insects will become wet from the apple cider vinegar and have difficulty flying. When they do get toward the top of the container, they will be unlikely to slip through the holes without difficulty. This will cause them to fall toward the liquid. In time, they will drown. Using this method daily will help to reduce the number of pests in your kitchen.
Keep Fruit Away From Counters
Many people enjoy a display of fresh fruit on their counter or table. This will only attract fruit flies. Keep your fruit inside a brown paper bag to keep it fresh. You can also store some fruits inside your refrigerator.
Make Repairs To Your Window Screens
If fruit flies are slipping through holes in your window screens, it is time to make a few repairs. Check over all screens in your windows for signs of breakage. Use a small piece of screen to place over a hole and adhere it in place using thread and a needle. For screens with multiple rips or tears, replacement is the best option. Avoid opening windows that do not have screens in place.
To learn more about pest removal, contact a local company.