How to Get Rid of Ants in Your Home
The last thing you want to see when preparing a meal in your kitchen is a six-legged invader crawling all over your counter-top. While the good old-fashioned boot or flyswatter can do the trick for individual ants, it hardly fixes the overall problem when there are thousands of them per colony. Using chemical-based sprays to help control the infestation can often create far worse problems by endangering the health of your occupants and potentially killing the natural food sources of the ants, serving to drive them into your house further. Luckily, our 5 easy steps to follow can help you eliminate your home’s ant problems in a safe and efficient way.
1: Ensure you store food properly
The first and simplest step to take is to make certain that your house is not attractive to ant populations. Anytime that you have an open item of food it is a good idea to seal it in an air-tight container. Even food that is in a tightly wrapped bag or a closed box is vulnerable to a determined ant scout, so it is crucial for those with ant problems to take care of this. Additionally, any spilled food or liquid should be cleaned up immediately and sanitized fully. Ants are constantly on the hunt for sugars, so any traces of their favorite food will surely bring them swiftly.
2: Set and maintain ant baits
These inexpensive traps are incredibly effective against ant populations. They attract the insects with the sugary bait placed inside and swiftly traps and kills them with the chemicals therein. As an added bonus, any ant scouts that manage to survive and escape the trap will bring the toxic liquid back to their colony, ultimately damaging it further. It may take a few days of trial-and-error in order to find a brand of bait that works for the colony terrorizing your home, but it is ultimately worth it.
3: Trim shrubbery bordering your house
Everyone appreciates the look of a nicely maintained topiary, but if it comes at the price of your house being flooded with six-legged menaces, then perhaps it is best to eliminate it. Shrubbery, bushes, trees, and all manner of foliage like that can provide cover for ant colonies to grow and propagate outside of our ability as homeowners to effectively keep track of. In fact, having shrubbery that borders your home can encourage ants to form their colony there and begin spreading out in search of food.
4: Find damp spots in your home and get rid of them
House ants and carpenter ants are the two most common varieties of insects to invade your home in search of food. What do both species have in common, other than a blatant disregard for your property? They both find themselves very at home in moist areas. Rotted wood, damp tile, and other wet, in-home options can easily be converted into satellite colonies by these scavengers that can plague your kitchen more effectively for months. Preempt this by replacing any parts of your home that are damaged by water before insects get their chance.
5: Have scheduled maintenance with a local exterminator
For those who want the easiest and most reliable way to ensure that your ant and other pest problems are a thing of the past, make a maintenance schedule with your local extermination agency like TES Pest. Our team will come in at regular intervals and do what we do best, making it so that the local ant population knows to stay right where it is. This method is fully hands-off aside from making the call and absolutely guaranteed to work.
By following these 5 steps, you can eliminate the ongoing insect invasion in a safe at your home in a safe and pesticide-free way. If you don’t find success with the at-home methods provided, please do give us a call for additional information or to schedule a free on-site estimate for local customers. You’ll be happy you did, but we can’t promise your home’s pests will be.