What Causes Ants in the Kitchen and What Can You Do About It in Kitchener?

Imagine going to the kitchen for a snack and being welcomed by a long line of ants. You’d be annoyed. Where did they come from? And, what should you do to get rid of them?

Ants are common everywhere. You can find them in almost every area of your house. But, their favourite places are the kitchen and the bathroom, and there’s a good reason for that. The simple answer is food and water. Similar to most living organisms, they would also require food and water for survival and reproduction.

You might be wondering how you can keep them away. Well, there could be someone in your family that would end up dropping some tiny bits of food on the floor or anywhere. These could be the primary reason the ants get attracted to your house and then develop a colony. Even if you clean your kitchen floors regularly, they can still find their way because the ants are attracted to various food sources.

This article will discuss all the details about the ants in the kitchen and what you can do about it.

What Causes Ants in the Kitchen? 

The leading cause of ants getting attracted to the kitchen is the abundance of open food sources. If you have pets, you must also have food bowls on the floor. That alone is reason enough for ants to enter your kitchen and stay there. So, you have to make sure to throw away any leftover food from the pets’ bowls and clean it. Also, clean the nearby area as a crumb could be left behind and undo all your hard work. If you want to keep the food, make sure that you use sealed containers.

What should you do about it? 

You see an ant in the kitchen, and you kill it right away. Do you think that was the only one in your kitchen? If yes, you are wrong. Because there is always a colony of the ant, that’s why it’s always a good option to contact a pest control company for the ant control treatment. However, there are few things which you may consider doing at home, and that includes:

  • Identify the entry points and seal them
  • Find the nest
  • Destroy the nest with the help of non-repellent insecticide
  • Use traps to clear out the colony


Ant control should not be taken lightly. Ants can enter the house from the tiniest of openings. Food crumbs are the primary source of why the ants get attracted to your home and your kitchen. You can use the tips and tricks described above to get rid of them. However, you might consider contacting a professional pest control company to get rid of the ants once and for all.

Waheed Ahmed, CEO of Pesticon Pest Control

Written by: Waheed Ahmed Founder & CEO, Pesticon Pest Control

For over 18 years, Waheed has provided customers with the best pest control services in the Greater Toronto Area. The longevity of Pesticon is due to his philosophy of genuinely caring for his customers and putting them first. It's this kind of passion that has won him the HomeStars Award over 9 years in a row. 

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