How Can I Get Rid of Ants From My Home?

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get rid of antsNo home is immune to the annoying, stubborn ants that appear seemingly out of nowhere and take over the walls and cabinets.

Depending on where they’ve decided to build a nest, you may encounter them in your bathroom, kitchen, living room, basement and even the attic.

Essentially, ants will go wherever they can find food and water. Because their dietary needs change throughout the year, you may find them more active in the summer, going after sweet and greasy foods.

Ants are certainly a headache to deal with, but luckily, there are many effective ways to get rid of them. All you need is pantry items you may already have around the house and a little patience.

There are many different types of ants, so before you start eradicating them, you should know what kind they are. Also, some ants will build nests outside your home, but still enter it in search of food. Others will build a nest inside your walls or within cracked bathroom or kitchen tiles for easy access to food.

So keep reading to find out how you can kill off ants effectively and prevent them from coming back again.

Erase Their Scent Trails

Have you ever noticed that ants move in a straight line on the surface? That’s because they leave a scented trail to inform other members of the colony about their whereabouts. This is especially useful when they send one ant (known as the scout) to find food, so they can follow it later.

If the scent is interrupted, ants won’t know which way to go. So when a scout ant is sent searching for food and loses its trail, it can’t return to its nest with information.

A great way to erase these scent trails is to mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of water. Simply spray the surface where you notice a trail and wipe it down with a clean cloth.

Ants detest the smell of vinegar and wiping the surface will erase their trail. Note that if you have natural stone countertops (i.e. quartz, granite or marble), you shouldn’t use vinegar. In this case, use dish soap and water solution.

Chalk is another amazing way to interrupt an ant trail. This is because chalk contains calcium carbonate and ants can’t stand it. So drawing a chalk line along their trail will drive the ants away. If you don’t have chalk on hand, use baby powder or baking soda paste.

Deter Ants Using Spices and Herbs

This option won’t work on all types of ants but may be helpful to deter them from coming back to certain surfaces.

The spices that work best for this purpose are chili pepper, cayenne pepper, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic powder or salt. You can also place fresh garlic cloves, cucumber pieces or grapefruit/lemon zests on the surface where the ants move. Ants don’t like the scent of these plants and will not come near them.

Alternatively, you can use fresh herbs to deter the ants. For example, mint leaves, basil leaves, common yarrow, and tansy are powerful against ants and will repel them from afar. Simply chop up the herbs into smaller pieces and sprinkle them near the holes where the ants come from.

Set Up Ant Bait

If all else fails, you should set up an ant bait.

First, you need to find out the type of food they’re most attracted to. It may be something sweet like sugar or honey, but depending on the time of year, they may like something oily instead.

So set up a small saucer with a little honey, a piece of fried food and some peanut butter. Then, wait for the ants to gather and see which food they’re after.

For example, if it’s honey, buy a toxic ant bait and follow the instructions on the package. Try to find a product that’s effective in killing both grease-eating and sweet-eating ants. This way, even if you’re not sure which type they are, you’ll have greater chances of stopping both kinds in their tracks.

Usually, they’ll send a scout ant to research the surface before the other ants join in. They’ll think it’s food and take it back to the nest. Once there, the toxic bait will destroy the entire colony. Sometimes, when the scouts bring some food back to the nest (or toxic ant bait in this case), this may be enough to poison them.

Hire Professional Pest Control to Get Rid of Ants

If you’ve tried every solution on this list, but you still can’t get rid of the annoying ants, it’s time to call a professional pest control company.

They’ll save you time, money and frustration and make sure the impostors don’t come back again.

Pest management companies work with advanced pesticides specifically designed to target all kinds of ants and other insects.

They also track down the ants’ nest to see if it’s in your home or outside. So once they’re able to locate it, they kill it off. The workers will also provide protection for your entire house, all the while taking great care of your family’s safety.

When hiring a pest control company, look for one that has all the necessary licenses and insurance. Additionally, do a little research online to see the company’s reviews and customer experience.

Bottom Line

Killing off the ants invading your home may not be easy, but it’s certainly doable. Using our detailed guide on getting rid of these annoying insects should help you with smaller nests.

Because ants build large nests, you’ll need to be patient and wait a couple of weeks before you see results. If the problem persists, you should hire a pest control company.

So if you tried everything, but still can’t get rid of ants on your own, contact Reynolds Pest Management today. We specialize in effective pest control with guaranteed results.

To learn more about us or to get a free estimate, feel free to reach out to us today.

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