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How To Keep Ants Out Of Your Florida Home

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Have you noticed ants in your kitchen? Crawling all over your property? Here are a few tips on how to keep ants out of your Florida home.

  • Caulk cracks and crevices around foundations that provide entry from outside.

  • Trim branches and limbs of trees and shrubs that touch the building to keep ants from gaining access via these routes.

  • Eliminate food sources inside the building or prevent access to suitable food by keeping it in ant-proof containers.

  • Clean up sugary spills.

  • Provide a dry, vegetation-free border, such as gravel or stones, around the perimeter of house foundations to discourage nest building; wood chip mulches and landscape plants provide a good nesting environment.

  • Manage honeydew-producing insects such as aphids, whiteflies, psyllids, and soft scales on plants near the house. These honeydew producers often support large colonies of ants that subsequently invade homes.

  • Remove trees that consistently host ants and are adjacent to houses .

Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California

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