The weather is starting to warm up, plants are beginning to grow, and animals are coming out again. When the weather is gorgeous most people want to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Families and friends frequently plan and attend picnics to enjoy the perfect temperatures. One thing that can ruin a picnic is too many bugs and insects. Ants are one insect that are known for trying to crash picnics that they are not invited to attend. So if you have a picnic coming up how can you keep the ants away?
What Sweet Foods Don’t Ants Eat?
There are lots of different things you can do to help keep ants away. What you include on your menu can be helpful in keeping the ants away. Ants love sweet and sticky foods just as much as you and your guests do. If you stay away from grapes, melons, fruit juices, and soda at your picnic, the ants will not be as likely to try and push their way into your event.
Choose a Picnic Ground with No Ants
Our next tip seems so simple but it can make such a huge difference in your endeavors to keep the ants out of your picnic. When you choose where to set up your picnic you will want to carefully select your spot. First check and make sure there are not ants already in the area that you want to set up your picnic in. If there are ants in the area that you were hoping to have your event you will want to find a different spot. You will also want to stay away from trash cans too. Ants know that trash cans are a good place to find their next meal so they frequently like to check them out. Setting up in a smart location will definitely help you keep the ants away from your event.
What Smells Do Ants Hate?
When you search online you can find some tips on how to repel ants from barging into your picnic area. It is reported that ants do not like certain smells and will avoid coming into areas where they smell them. Vinegar, lemon, mint, rosemary, and cinnamon are all items that ants are known to avoid. People recommend putting these items on or under your tablecloths when you set up your picnic. You can also put them on the legs of the table so that the ants will not climb up the table. Other people recommend using dryer sheets as well. Take some dryer sheets and put them around the exterior of the area that you will be having your picnic in. The ants will avoid the dyer sheets and hopefully your picnic as well.
Cover Food & Drinks to Keep Ants Away
During your picnic you will want to take some precautions as well. Keep lids on all sweet drinks. Cover all of your food as much as possible. You will also want to make sure that everyone puts their trash and leftover food in the garbage. If you do not have a garbage can with a lid you may want to purchase one.
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If you follow all of these tips it should definitely help keep ants away from your picnic. This will make it so that you have time to simply enjoy your family, friends, the food, and the weather. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control can meet all your residential and commercial pest control needs. Call us to schedule an appointment today!