Ants are not as dangerous as some insects, but you still don't want them in your home. They can contaminate your food, and some species even bite people, leaving you with itchy, red bumps on your skin. All homeowners should take some steps to keep ants away. But when you have kids, these steps may require a little modification, and you may have to be a little careful with them too. With those points in mind, take a look at these ant control tips for homes with kids.
Don't let the kids eat over the carpet.
Kids can be messy eaters. If they drop a few crumbs on a hard floor, you will see those crumbs and be able to pick them up before they become ant food. But if the crumbs fall on the carpet, you may not see them before the ants. So, try to minimize messes by making it a rule that you only eat over hard floors in your home. You could even restrict eating to the dining room and kitchen, although that might be tough to stick to with little kids.
Use enclosed baits.
If you do see ants in your home, you must take action quickly before they have a chance to breed and increase in number. With kids around, you really don't want to use sprays or open ant traps. Look instead for enclosed baits. You want a brand that has openings just big enough for the ants, but not large enough for tiny fingers. Try to place the baits under the refrigerator, in the doorways, or in other places where the kids aren't likely to be playing.
Transfer all food to easily sealed containers.
Ants can easily get into cardboard boxes and bags of food. You might seal these containers up well enough to exclude the ants, but kids are not always so thorough. So, it's a good idea to transfer all of your food snacks into easily sealed containers when you bring them home. This is especially important for snacks that your kids may help themselves to. Make sure your kids know that they need to put lids back on snacks after they enjoy them. Show your kids how to close the containers, and make sure they know to ask you for help, if needed.
Having kids in your home does not have to get in the way of your ant control efforts. Follow the tips above for the best results.
For more information on ant control, contact a company near you.