Why are there Ants in my Dishwasher?

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Ants in the Dishwasher

Having ants in your home is an unwelcome surprise for anyone. What can be an even more unwelcome intrusion is finding them in your dishwasher. Part of what makes this such an unexpected home for an ant colony is that you would probably imagine that a place that floods with hot water as undesirable, but this is not always the case. With the guidance of Scott’s Turf and Pest Services, a pest control company in Durham, North Carolina, we are here to help answer the question of why are there ants in my dishwasher?

Why are there Ants in my Dishwasher?

Why Ants?

The main reason ants find their way into your dishwasher is that to them, it is basically a banquet hall. Each time you put a dish in there, it will almost always have some food residue on it. That makes it the ideal place for ants to raid, especially since dishes usually sit in the dishwasher for a couple of days before you run a full load and empty it. 

You may think it would be a dangerous and deadly meal for the ants since the dishwasher is flooded with hot water every time you use it. However, it is easy for ants to hide in cracks while the dishwasher is running, which will in turn keep them safe between meals. The dishwasher is also a pretty easy place for ants to get into. It has lots of cracks and seams that allow the ants easy entry and exit.

How do I get rid of them?

The first thought most homeowners might have when it comes to getting rid of ants in the dishwasher is to simply run the appliance. However, as discussed, this will typically not be enough to take away the problem. They can easily hide, and even if you do kill a few, there will still be more with the rest of the colony. So, this is simply a temporary fix at best. 

One common at home remedy is to use a delayed ant lure. If you place this near the dishwasher, the ants may carry some of the poisoned bait back to their colony and share it. If they successfully poison the entire colony, you will have freed your kitchen from the infestation. At least on a temporary basis, as if you have ants inside, they likely found a way in from the outside. This means that it is very possible there is an entry in that you are simply unaware of.

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