No one really likes having ants wandering around inside their home. If you have an ant infestation, you will want to do whatever possible to get these pesky creatures to leave the premises. Here are some tricks that you can use to have these invaders disappear for good.
Clean All Surfaces
Ants tend to hang out in areas where there are less than clean conditions. If you need to do some deep cleaning, now is the time. Make sure that there are no apparent food sources left where ants can find them. Keep all opened products wrapped and placed inside containers with lids. Thoroughly clean all surfaces with a household cleaner to remove any crumbs or food particles that may be left behind.
Place gravel against your home instead of having a grassy surface right up against the exterior wall. If you have any piles of vegetation, grass clippings, branches or firewood, move them to an area far from your home so that ants do not wander close to where you live. If you feed any outdoor pets, take up their food dish when they are not eating their meal. Ants and other insects and rodents are attracted to pet food.
If you see any areas of the home that have cracks or holes in the exterior walls, you should fill them in to help keep out unwanted pests. Use some caulk or expandable foam to fill in any of these areas.
You can try to keep ants away by placing cotton balls dipped inside peppermint oil in places where you have seen them walking around. This is a natural deterrent. Ants also do not like the smell of pepper, salt or talc. Sprinkle some of these around doorways to your home to keep ants from trying to come inside.
You can purchase ant bait traps in your local home goods store. Place them in areas along perimeters of walls and countertops where you have witnessed ants. The ant will take the bait back to the nest to eat and share. You can also try using an ant spray to kill ants. Spray in areas where you have seen them to keep them from returning. If you spray it directly upon the ants, they will die. If you have too many ants to handle, you may wish to call a professional exterminator to remove them from your home.