Why Are Ants in My Dishwasher?


You might dreadfully expect to find ants crawling through your kitchen looking for food, but have you ever found ants in your dishwasher? Eek! It’s not fun to think about your dishes being cleaned with ants around, but there’s a good reason why.

Why Ants Are in Your Dishwasher

It might seem like a silly place to go for food, but it’s actually a great source! Here’s why:

  • Every time you put a dish or a bowl in without a full rinse first, ants have free access to food. And the longer you wait to wash, the more food they can find.
  • Your dishwasher isn’t sealed completely, so there are plenty of access points. Plus, it provides safety from you.

How to Get Rid of Ants

Before you start that hot rinse cycle, we have some bad news: it won’t solve your ant problem. They are good hiders and will make their way to the cracks in your dishwasher once it turns on. And don’t reach for the ant spray because, unfortunately, it won’t solve the bigger problem at hand: the ant colony.

An ant lure is always the best way to get rid of these pesky pests, next to calling a pro, of course. Place the lure right outside of your dishwasher with a delayed poison product. The ants near your dishwasher will bring back this “snack” to their colony to share, and the entire colony will be poisoned. And voila! You have your kitchen back.

Kick Ants out with Help

Your local pest pros at ExtermPRO know the ins and outs of ant behavior and just how to get them out of your home. Call us today at 571-620-1168 for a free estimate.

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