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How to Get Rid Of Ants in My House

Ants are communal insects through and through. One ant entering your home means an entire colony landing down on you. So whenever you find yourself face to face with an ant, understand that you are not messing with one, but the whole family.

Once the colony of ants has taken residence in your abode, they are not going to go away. Unless you unroll your welcome mat, and kick them out yourself. If ants are left untamed and uncontrolled, their numbers will increase to outrageous level and then there will be ants in your food, in your bed, in your clothes and on your furniture. Before this nightmare comes true, let’s learn some valuable methods to get rid of ants from your house and out of your life forever.

What We Need To Know About House Ants

Ants do not need any particular reason to enter our homes, but it is most probably the search of food that drives them towards it. First, there comes a scout, and when this scout finds our kitchen floor chock-full of bits of food and other edible things, it goes back, inform others and the queen and bam! You now officially have a house full of ants.

Despite the fact that these ants are mostly harmless and just want to gather some food, feed themselves and their young ones and are not exactly plotting to overthrow your authority, they still need to go. Ants are just in it for the food and maybe a safe place for their colony, but we must get rid of them anyway, or else there’ll be ants up to our eyes. Let’s see what we can do at home, ourselves and get rid of ants once and for all.

Methods to Get Rid Of Ants from Our Homes

  1. Bait

Because ants are such communists, baiting even one or two of them means baiting all of them. Baits for ants are mostly powder like and can either be spread amongst some of the food bits or  can be placed in bait stations.

It can even be purposefully mixed with something that ants will most definitely come for like spilled juice on the floor. If used regularly, this bait can work in two weeks and wipe out the entire ant colony from your home. Just like with food, slave ants will take these baits back to their colony as and unknowingly end up killing their own family.

  1. Vinegar

Don’t stop even after the baiting. Wipe off your kitchen countertops and even floors if possible with a mixture of water and vinegar. This solution will take care of all the remaining ants and prevent more from coming back.

It works effectively too because ants despise the smell of vinegar, and because vinegars also wipes off the scent of trails for them. It becomes impossible for the ants to come back without a trail and force them to look elsewhere to settle.

Be warned though, vinegar can be harmful to some of the stone countertops.

  1. Chalk and baby powder

Ants can be killed with the help of chalk or baby powder. All you need to do is draw a line of powder from where the ants are entering the house. This simple line will act as a barrier for the ants they’ll stop coming. Refresh this line after every few days and pretty soon the ants will turn around. You can also use any powder that has calcium carbonate in it.

  1. Lemon

Like vinegar, lemon too works wonders to deter the ants away. Their smell is not favored by ants and the acidic properties of lemon also mask the scent of their trail and the ants get turnaround. In order for it to work better, spread lemon juice on all the entry points including, windowsills, door thresholds and any cracks or crevices where the ants seem to be entering from. Lemon peels can also be left on entrances or cotton balls dipped in lemon essence can be placed in cabinets and storage areas to deter the ants.

  1. Borax

Mix Borax with anything sugary and place it where you are sure the ants will find it. Be careful to palce it out of the pets’ and children’s way. Borax is poisonous to ants, as it destroys tehri digestive system and their exoskeleton.

  1. Herbs

For non-toxic treatments of the ants, you can also use herbs to get rid of them. Place or sprinkle any of these herbs in places where ants are more frequently seen:

  • Cinnamon

  • Mint

  • Chili pepper

  • Black pepper

  • Clover

  • Garlic

  • Cayenne pepper

  • Bay leaves

Destroy the Entire Ant Colony With DIY Ant Control Products From Solutions

At Solutions Pest & Lawn, we carry high quality professional insecticides that are guaranteed to kill ants. These are pesticides which exterminators have in their arsenal when hired to treat people’s homes.  

When it comes to ants you find inside the home, the best method of control is baiting. There are a number of baits we carry in stock here at Solutions, and the best one depends on what type of ant you have. By properly identifying the ant, you can then be directed to bait products specifically made control said ant. Not sure what type of ant you have. We can help you identify the ant here at Solutions Pest & Lawn. Just send us a photo of the ant at identification@solutionsstores.com and we’ll have our entomologists properly identify the ant and suggest treatment options.

If you want to act now and show those ants you’re serious about getting rid of them, we highly recommend that you order our convenient Guaranteed Ant Control Kit. This kit contains all of the best products to effectively get rid of the entire colony of the ants that are making life miserable.

For more information, please contact us at 800-479-6583 or email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com. We will be happy to address your questions or concerns

Preventing Ants Form Invading Our Homes

The key to getting rid of the ants is not in treating their infestation, but in keeping them away in the first place. Here’s what can be done to prevent ants in the house:

  • Every night before sleeping, clean the kitchen properly and clean the floor too. Make sure every surface is wiped clean with no traces of food.

  • Once every week, clean kitchen appliances thoroughly. Ants can easily find greases and food bits under the appliance and live off of it.

  • Keep the trash cans covered tightly and throw the garbage away every night.

With these valuable tips, you will be able to say your farewells to ants forever.

For more information, please contact us at 800-479-6583 or email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com. We will be happy to address your questions or concerns.

 

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