What to Do if You Have Ants in Your Dishwasher

And Why They Are There

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When you imagine ants invading your kitchen, you probably think about them following a crumb trail along the kitchen floor and making their way up your countertops. But those aren’t the only places in your kitchen they like to hang out. You might even have ants in your dishwasher. Yikes! Read on to find out why they are there and how you can get rid of them.

Why Ants Are in Your Dishwasher

Your dishwasher might seem like a complicated place to go find food, but it’s actually a great location for ants. Here’s why:

  • When you put a dish in that still has food on it, you are providing a free snack for them. The longer you wait to wash, the more food they can find. Plus, larger food particles get stuck in the filter.
  • There are many access points to this food source, so it’s easy for them to get in.
  • It provides safety from predators, like you.
  • They can hide from the water spray by heading into the cracks once your dishwasher turns on. That means you can’t simply get rid of them by running a hot cycle.

How to Get Rid of Ants

Unfortunately, a simple ant spray won’t take care of your ant invasion. You’ll need to reach the ant colony to prevent them from coming inside.

So, your best DIY option is to use an ant lure. Lures work by attracting ants to come grab a snack to share with their colony. That snack is actually poisonous, so when the colony enjoys the meal, they die. All you have to do is place the lure right outside of your dishwasher with a delayed poison product. Just keep it away from where kids and pests can reach it.

Are Ants Invading Your Home? Call ExtermPRO.

Whether they’re following a trail of crumbs on your kitchen counter or finding their way into your dishwasher, the experts at ExtermPRO know how to take care of your ant problem. We value your safety, your kids’ safety, and your pets’ safety, so we only use green products indoors—the same ones we would feel comfortable using in our home. Call us today at 571-620-1168 to schedule an ant control service.

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