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How to Get Rid of Ants

Introduction

We are all familiar with these insects. Almost every household has had ants at one time or another. Ants are closely related to wasps and bees. Believe it or not, there more than 20,000 types of ants! While they are fascinating creatures, when they infest your house, they stop seeming so amazing. This article mentions different ways of getting rid of these insects, as well as, steps you can take to avoid an infestation in the future!

Getting Rid of Ants

  • Vinegar

Once you spot a trail of ants on a surface, say the countertops, grab a bottle of vinegar. Make a solution by mixing white vinegar and water in equal proportions. Spray on the ant-ridden surfaces and keep doing so throughout the whole day. Vinegar helps because the ants don’t like its pungent smell. The smell of the liquid also interferes with the scent trails that the insects use to find their way around.

  • Chalk

Another way of ant-proofing your house is by using chalk. First, search for the spot where the ants are entering your home from. Then, take a piece of chalk and draw a line there. It is thought that the ants dislike the calcium carbonate present in the chalk. That is why, they won’t cross the line of chalk and enter your home. Some people also say that the chalk eliminates the scent trails with which they mark the entrance to a food source i.e. your home!

  • Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Also known as DE, food-grade diatomaceous earth can also be used like an ant repellent. This substance isn’t actually soil at all. It is made from the remains of fossilized marine organisms, known as the phytoplankton.

If you observe the DE under a microscope, you will see that its made up of particles with razor sharp edges. These corners can make incisions in the exoskeletons. The contusions in the ant bodies will cause them to dry out. It is easy to use and all you have to do is sprinkle a layer of DE at places where you can see ants gathering. Do this once every day until the ants move out of the house.

  • Borax

Borax is an effective ant repellant because it can damage their digestive systems, as well as their exoskeletons. In order to use it get rid of ants, mix it with a sweet substance, such as sugar, syrup, or jelly, in equal parts. Do this on a plate that you can move to a spot the ants frequent.

  • Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper’s strong nature can work in your favor when you want to get rid of ants. It also interferes with scent trails that these insects use for navigation. Without those scent trails, the ants won’t be able to find their nests, food sources, etc. Therefore, they will leave that area and go somewhere else. You can use the spice by mixing it with turmeric powder in equal amounts. Place the powder mixture across any access points for ants.

  • Strong Smelling Substances

This means, you can use anything from cinnamon to black pepper, from mint to cloves and even garlic. Sprinkle the material of your choice in the areas regularly visited by ants. Then do the same thing with your home's foundation to seal the deal. You can also place bay leaves in those areas to deter ants from visiting the cabinets, cupboards, and drawers. Other effective ant repellants are found in the form of certain essential oils. This includes oils, such as citrus, peppermint, eucalyptus, and cinnamon oils. Drip some of these oils on cottons balls. Place the balls in places where you have seen ants and let them do their work!

  • Coffee Grounds

Another easily available ant solution can be found in your kitchen. Don’t throw your used coffee grounds. Sip the java and then sprinkle the grounds in places, such as the garden and around the house. The strong smell given off by the grounds will repel the ants.

  • Liquid Dish Soap

Dish soap can also be useful when you want to get rid of ants. This is because it can suffocate the insects. In order to use it, mix one tsp of baking soda with as much dish soap. Add one cup of water and then pour the solution in areas that ants use to enter your house. You can also make a spray and fill a spray bottle with the liquid. For the spray, you will need to measure one part soap and add it to twice as much water. Shake before starting to spray the mixture over areas frequented by ants. Let the spray sit on the surfaces untouched. Then wipe the surfaces and the dead ants away with a wet cloth after several hours.

  • Cucumber/Citrus Peels

Ants feed on certain fungi. If you want to get rid of them, then you can also do so by cutting off their food source. Citrus and cucumber peels can be toxic for the fungi that the ants like to munch on. Therefore, leave some peels in areas where you have seen ants gathering. You can also pick cleaning products that have cucumber or citrus scents.

Preventing Future Infestations

Keep Your House Clean

The best way to ensure that the insects will stay away in the future as well is to keep your house extra clean. This means ensuring:

  • The surfaces of countertops and floors are free of clutter and clean.

  • Any containers used to store food items must be kept tightly sealed.

  • Clean up immediately when someone spills food or drinks.

  • Make sure that the surfaces of the furniture and the windowsills in your home are cleaned regularly.

  • Avoid leaving dirty dishes unwashed and in the sink for extended periods.

  • Shut your trash in tightly sealed garbage cans.

  • Seal all the little cracks and crevices in the doors and walls with petroleum jelly, caulk, or other sealants.

We hope these tips will help you maintain an ant-free home!  

Use Professional DIY Ant Control Products From Solutions Pest & Lawn

While these remedies may be convenient if you have the noted items lying around your home, if you really want to get serious about ant control you need to load up your ant killing arsenal with professional grade products from Solutions Pest & Lawn.

We have a plethora of different products available to take care of ant infestations, from insecticide concentrates (such as Reclaim IT) to Aerosols (Fipro Aerosol) and Baits (Ficam Insect Bait). These are what the pros use so they are sure to work.

Conclusion

Ant populations can quickly get out of control if you don’t take action, so it’s best to be proactive in ant control. One way you can really let those ants you mean business is to equip yourself with our convenient Guaranteed Ant Control Kit. This kit contains all the best products that we mentioned above to effectively get rid of the entire colony of the ants that are plaguing you.

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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