Why Are Ants in Your Dishwasher?


You might dreadfully expect to find ants crawling through your kitchen looking for food, but have you ever found ants in your dishwasher? While it seems like an unconventional place for them to search for food, there are a couple reasons it makes sense you would discover them there:

  • There is a steady source of food. Every time you put a dish or a bowl in the dishwasher without a full rinse, the ants get to feast. And you’re not likely going to run your dishwasher every day, so the mess stays for longer.
  • There are also many ways into a dishwasher because it is not sealed completely. It makes an easy target for ants once they get into your home.

How to Get Rid of Ants in Your Dishwasher

You might be hopefully in thinking that a hot rinse would eliminate them, but ants have no problem hiding in the cracks during the wash cycle. And unfortunately, an ant-killing spray won’t get rid of ants in your dishwasher because it would only kill the ants who are there, not the other ants in the colony who are on their way.

Use a Delayed Lure

Just outside of your dishwasher, place an ant lure with a delayed poison product. Ants are social creatures and share everything with their colony. So, the ant will bring some of the “food” back and poison the entire colony, so ants will no longer be returning to your dishwasher.

Kick Ants out with Help

Your pest professionals at Green Pest Solutions understand the frustration of having pests, like ants, invade your home. Whether you pavement ants, carpenter ants, or any other kind of ant, our experienced technicians have the know-how necessary to identify and control your ant problem. Call us today at 877-636-9469 for a free estimate.


Ant Identification Guide

Ant Identification Guide

ID some of the most prevalent ant species in the region with this full-color guide.