Ants are everywhere. You find them around your home or trailing along the sidewalk in search of the nearest dropped crumb. And unfortunately, these small but mighty pests will follow you to work, too. With plenty of protected hiding spots, commercial properties can become a home for ants to settle down.
While ants may be small in size, their colonies can grow to more than 500,000 individuals. With this many soldiers marching around your property, it’s no surprise they can be notoriously difficult to control. That’s why prevention is key to keeping an ant introduction from turning into a full-scale invasion.
Inspecting your facility is the first step to controlling ant populations. When walking around your property, look for potential entry points and check the exterior for foraging ants, loose piles of soil, debris and cracks that can let ants inside. Make sure to seal cracks, gaps and holes in doors, windows and walls, and install or replace door sweeps or weather stripping that wears down with time.
A comprehensive, daily sanitation routine can also help defeat an ant army. Tell your staff to keep food in sealed containers, and make sure all food preparation and dining areas are cleaned properly. Emptying wash bins and trash cans can also help discourage ants from finding food sources around your business.
To prepare for potential ant invasions, download our “Ants Small but Mighty” guide as your go-to ant defense.
Reviewed by Alice Sinia, Ph.D., MSc on July 25, 2021 .
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