How to Get Rid of Ants in Your Home
Ants are a social little creature that live in colonies. They usually enter your home because they are either looking for food or for shelter. They are mainly interested in foods that are sweet or greasy and once they locate a food source, they will leave a trail for other ants to follow. Here are some ways that you can get rid of ants in your home.
Keep Things Clean- One of the best defenses against ants is to keep your home clean. This means you want to take care of dirty dishes, empty the trash, sweep up crumbs on the floor and wipe up any spills.
Get Rid of Their Trails- If you see one ant, you are bound to see many others. Let`s not forget to mention that there are tons more that you don’t see. In order to get rid of any trail they may leave for other ants, you want to eliminate the scent by combining one part of vinegar with three parts of water into a spray bottle. Spray this mixture onto areas where you have seen ants before. This will stop any ants that have been nesting outside and trying to enter your home for food or shelter.
Get Rid of The Colonies- The first impulse that you probably have when you see an ant is to step on it. The ants that you do see are the ones that are looking for food to take back to their colony. So, you need to bait these ants in order to get rid of the colony. Ants prefer to have foods with protein during the spring months and foods that are sweet or oily during the summer. You want to set out bait that is geared to the season. You will notice on the bait packages that some say things like “controls both sweet and grease eating ants”. When you first set the bait out, you will notice an increase in ant sightings. This is a good thing since the ants will take the bait back to their colony to share.
Spray Entry Points- Once you have gotten rid of the ants in your home, you want to be sure they don’t come back. You will need to put caulking to seal up any holes and also spray insecticide around the doors and windows of your home. Once this insecticide dries, it will leave a film that is not visible but will repel the ants so they don’t enter your home.