10 Places You May Find Ants

In Your Recycling

So, you've sealed cracks around your windows, you keep the trash nice and tidy and you never leave food or dirty dishes sitting on the kitchen counter. That means you've licked your ant problem right? Not so fast.

Your recycling bin is a tremendous playground for ants. Almost your entire kitchen recycling is going to have some kind of food or beverage residue on it. And even if you wash out your bottles and cans, all the little drips from those sweet sodas, beers, wine bottles and juice cartons are going to end up at the bottom of your bin. That means even an empty bin can attract ants. To keep ants at bay, do your best to thoroughly rinse containers, and wash out the bin between emptying.

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