Why is it there are ants in the kitchen? What caused the ant invasion? What’s being done to stop the invasion, and why are they now within the kitchen?
The reasons for an ant invasion in the home can be a simple thing such as a broken garbage bag or food spilling on the countertop or floor. Still, such incursions can happen when food is improperly stored or is contaminated by rodent droppings. This kind of infestation is most commonly seen in places with high human traffic, such as in hospitals and schools, but the ant population can occur in any place in a home where food is prepared and eaten.
Ants are social insects. They live in cooperative colonies called nests, which can number from one to ten thousand ants. Colonies build a solid but flexible body called a skewer structure and use it as a funnel to transport food from the nest to the colony’s other parts. When food is gathered and stored in the colony’s stores, ants use this storage system to climb up a ladder to the food and return to the hive base, where they use the same funnel to bring the food back down. Thus, ants are capable of returning several times to collect food from different areas of the hive.
They use their strong jaws and sharp claws for gathering food. They also utilize these to pull weeds, leaf litter, tree leaves, and other garden debris off plants. These insects will even rip off stem flowers to remove nectar from them. By removing excess plant debris, ants encourage plant growth by reducing competition for nutrients. However, ants can be a nuisance to homeowners when they invade plants that humans eat. For example, when using raisins, peanuts, or walnuts on your table, you should not leave the seeds in the raisins or peanuts (they will mould) for ants to find and ingest.
Ants are a persistent nuisance. Because they are so unrelenting, anyone interested in learning how to control ants in a garden or lawn must understand the many methods that can be used to control ants from a distance.
While a standard pesticide may not be effective against an invasion of ants, numerous organic methods will effectively deter ants from infesting your home—preferably your kitchen.