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How to Get Rid of House Ants

Seeing ants outside might not really bother us, but as soon as we see one or a couple of them trailing along the kitchen counters, panic strikes us with full force. Ants are some of the most common insects you can find on this Earth, so almost everyone has encountered an ant in his/her life.

What Are Ants?

Ants are tiny insects that belong to the Formicidae family. There are over 20,000 species of ants on this planet and they vary in size and color according to each region. House ants are one of the most common types of ants that you might see if they invade your home. They are eusocial creatures—insects that have hierarchies such as the queen and its workers, similar to bees and wasps. If you ever find a trail of ants in your kitchen then you should realize that those are worker ants that are gathering food for the colony and to feed the Queen ant.

Ants might come into your house if they have a colony somewhere near outside and the Queen Ant sends the worker ants to get food. It is an intricate system of a Queendom that has come into effect and they do anything to survive. They come looking for food and your kitchen is the best place where they can easily have access to it.

It is also important to note that poor sanitary conditions also play a role in attracting ants as they smell of rotting or decaying things. But their favorite type of food is sweet and sugary things which is why they will invade your cookie jars or sugar pots first. They have a heightened sense of smell, so they can detect these things from far away and come looking for them. They can also smell a dead ant from afar and alert others for any potential dangers that might befall them.

How To Get Rid Of House Ants

As daunting as it sounds, you can easily get rid an ant infestation using these methods:

Don’t kill them at first

Ever noticed that you just killed an ant or two but they keep coming back and pester you by nibbling away at the food in the kitchen? It is because ants release chemical pheromones that leave a scent which can be detected by other ants from afar. This scent leads them to the trail and they are back for more food. Due to this reason you need to trick them by putting poison in the food as bait or if you have already killed an ant, just wash or wipe that place with soapy water to remove the trail scent.

Ant bait

This is really easy to make and it will get rid of ants in no time. Just get some borax powder and mix it with powdered sugar. The concoction needs to be three parts sugar and one part borax powder so that the sugary scent is more dominant. Either dust this powder mix on counter tops or take small containers or pots and put some of it in there. Place them where you think the ants usually come by and before you know it, the sugar’s scent will lure them in and they will be eliminated in no time. They will head to this bait first because this will be easily accessible to them and will also be distracted from accessing your food. Some ants will also carry the powder back to the colony and this will also kill more ants in the process.

Alternately you can turn this powder bait into a water solution by adding 1 cup of water to it. Dab in some cotton balls and wipe the counters with this solution. This is to ensure the safety of kids and pets from consuming the powder form.


Spray some vinegar on counter tops or anywhere you see them travelling. This will also remove their trail scent and deter them from coming inside your home.

Follow the trail

If you just directly want to get rid of the entire source then you have to do some detective work and follow their trail. Notice where the ants are coming out of or going to and it will eventually lead you to their nest or colony.

Diatomaceous Earth powder

This is one of the most effective and useful solutions to get rid of any bugs or insects that might have invaded your home. It is an organic and safe powder that you can dust everywhere you see ants coming. This is actually a powder made out of the remains of algae and if ingested by ants, will kill them off instantly.

How To Prevent House Ants

  • The best way to prevent ants from invading your home is to ensure that all entry points in your homes are sealed including cracks, crevices and gaps.

  • You need to also maintain good hygiene standards in your home by cleaning your kitchen regularly and vacuuming any crumbs or food particles dropped anywhere in the house.

  • Avoid eating food in bedrooms because they are usually carpeted and you can’t see fallen crumbs on them. The ants will then find their way to your room as well.

  • Seal your garbage bags tightly and shut your trashcan properly so that they don’t find a permanent food source for themselves there.

Once you apply these tips and tricks, your house will be free from ants in no time.


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.


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