Seal all of your food in the pantry. If you leave a little bit of it exposed, the ants will find it. Sometimes simply crumpling up a bag of goodies isn't enough. You need a clip or some kind of sealer. Try getting some plastic, seal-able containers for easy access to foods like cereal and cookies.
2.Clean Surfaces and Dishes:
Many people leave dirty dishes from dinner out or don't wipe the counters down after meal preparation. When spaghetti sauce gets splashed on the counter or a few drips of ice cream dropped there, the ants will be able to pick up that scent if they are in the borders of your house. Depending on how close they are traveling to your kitchen, it may only take them a short amount of time to have a scout check out the area and lead hundreds or thousands to the spot, where they will inevitably search for more.
We get it. It's been a hard day at work in McAllen. You get the family fed and you are tired. The cleaning can wait. That's exactly what the ants are waiting for. Clean all surfaces and your dishes before bedtime to avoid attracting the ants into your kitchen.
3. Set out Bait Traps:
You may have already tried to bait the ants yourself. If you haven't, that is the first step in getting rid of those that have made regular visits to your kitchen or pantry. It won't eliminate them completely, but it will help keep them away from your food storage for a while until you can call the pros at Pest Control in McAllen.
Get the traps that have liquid in them. Simply cut off the front end and leave it in the path of the ants and near their entry holes. Sometimes you need to wait over night, but if they are currently traveling in the path of the sweet liquid, it will literally take seconds for the nearby ants to find it and when they bring all their buddies to get some of that sweet water, it poisons them.
Then you need to call in our professionals to treat your home further and totally eliminate the colony so you don't have return visits.