Ant Pest Control: 6 Steps to an Ant Free Home

Ant Pest Control

Ant Pest Control all you need to know. Ants are annoying little creatures that seem to appear out of nowhere. If you see one ant, then it means there are thousands of them nearby, marching, gathering, and infesting your home. By finding out the cause of the infestation, you can get rid of the problem faster and make sure it won’t happen again.

What Draws Ants Inside Houses?

The role of worker ants is to gather food for the queen and colony. Therefore, they are always looking for possible places to gather food. The most probable reason you have an ant trail is that they are gathering food. Why did they choose your home particularly?

It often happens that we leave unattended food outside for quite some time. Fizzy drinks and sugary food are what attract ants inside someone’s home. These insects, like any other, use chemosensing, which is the ability to detect chemical substances in the air, like sugar. They can travel up to 100 yards from their nest to find food. Ants are capable of smelling and finding food very fast.

How To Find Nests Entrances- Ant Pest Control

The first step for ant pest control is a thorough house inspection. There are a few usual areas where ants tend to frequent. Try to follow an ant trail and see where it leads. They prefer places with food and water, so they usually infest kitchens. Look for them on countertops and kitchen cabinets.

If they are not in the kitchen, check any cracks or crevices near pipes and around furniture. If there is no immediate food around, they usually build their nest near damp areas. They can also set their nests in the bathroom because it is an environment that contains water.

Another place where ants like to nest is in rotting wood, although this is rare. They prefer rotten wood because it offers them protection and warmth, and it’s easier to burrow.

The following steps are what experts recommend you do to repel ants and prevent future infestations.

1. Don’t Leave Food Out 

The main reason ants decide to infest somebody’s home is to search for food. They are easily attracted to sweet and sugary smells, for example, a cake left on the kitchen top. You should always cover food in pest-proof containers to prevent uninvited guests.

After dinner, it’s best to immediately clean out food crumbs so that the leftovers are not an attraction for ants. To avoid missing out on tiny food crumbs, you should vacuum. This way, nothing is left behind. If you keep your house free from their favourite sugary foods, they cannot survive in it.

After finishing a meal, it’s best to wash your dishes immediately. Food residue left on plates will attract ants right away. If you have a dishwasher, put your dirty dishes inside, and you can do them later, once the machine is at full capacity.

If you spill something, especially a sticky substance, do not clean it with regular towels and leave them around. Moisture attracts ants. Instead, use wet wipes and throw them in the bin.

Pet food is also attractive to ants. If your dog or cat leaves kibble all over your food, the protein smell will probably make ants curious. Carefully clean up after your pets to not create hot ant spots all over your house. Finally, use bins with lids on them and empty them regularly. 

The main takeaway is to keep your house clean, store food in containers, and clean up after each meal, and the ants will not smell anything that could make them visit your home.

2. Get Rid Of Attractive Water Sources

Like any other animal or insect, ants require water to survive. If you have leaky taps or pipes, these water sources will be an open invitation for ants.

Puddles of water on floorboards or worktops are the life sources for ants, so wipe them away when you notice them. You should also check underneath vases. Sometimes, due to condensation, you will find water underneath them. 

Water leaks or standing water of any kind is one of the main reasons why ants build nests inside your home instead of their natural habitat.

Experts recommend using a dehumidifier in damp areas like basements or attics. You should also check outside your house to look at the gutters. They can overflow and cause water to pool around the house.

3. Block Off Access Points

The only way for ants to enter your home is via easy entry points. Ants can come through cracks and crevices. Carefully inspect your house, and if you spot any fissures, seal them off with silicone caulk. Make sure that any outer pipes are properly sealed off because even the tiniest hole can be accessible to these insects.

Here is a simple trick to spot all the gaps you would normally omit. Take an unused toothbrush and dip it in soapy water. Wipe the toothbrush in small spaces like near electrical outlets. This way, you can identify all access points that need closing.

If you have bushes and trees around your house, it’s best to trim them. Ants can climb leaves and enter your home through open windows. If you still cannot stop ants from entering your house, you should also look at your skirting boards, as it might be time to replace them.

Another way to steer ants away from entry points is to position food with an unpleasant smell near them. Ants have smells that attract them and smells that act as a repellent.

You can place on or near entry points any of the following: chalk, cucumber, paprika, cinnamon, garlic, and turmeric. These should make the ants turn around.

4. Hide ant trails

Did you ever notice that there is always a long trail of ants, and they always know how to get back to their nest? When worker ants leave the nest in search of food, they leave a trail of pheromones behind them. Once they find food, they use a different route home and leave another pheromone trail. This way, other ants can follow the same path to gather food and bring it to their queen.

To disrupt their path, you should get rid of their trail. Cleaning it with a mop or broom won’t destroy the pheromones. To properly get rid of the chemical pheromones, you can try these ant removal methods.

Make a vinegar mix solution, and for this, you need to mix ¼ cup vinegar, 2 cups of water, and 10 to 12 drops of peppermint oil in a spray bottle. It is a safe, non-toxic way to get rid of ants. This only works if their nest is outside your house. If they already have a nest indoors, they will find other routes, so for this, you will need to kill the ant nest.

Another smell that ants do not enjoy is tea tree essential oil. You can add some essential oil drops to a cotton cloth and wipe off the trail. You can also leave cotton balls covered in these oils to deter ants from ever considering your house as a possible food source.

5. Check Houseplants

If you cannot find ants in the most common places, you should check your plants. Sometimes ants like to nest in the soil of houseplants. They do not go after your flowers but instead after the sweet excrement that plant bugs like scales or mealybugs produce.

If you find an infected houseplant, you should get rid of it. To prevent this from ever happening, you can use citrus peels around the soil. The best citrus rinds that work as ant pest control are oranges and lemons.

You can also make a soap solution to spray it on the plant. Combine one teaspoon of liquid dish soap with warm water and a little bit of peppermint oil. Due to the peppermint, this combination will be particularly effective at encouraging ants to leave your plant alone.

6. Effective Ant Pest Control Removals

If your ant problem is serious, consider killing them with insecticides. To get rid of the ant colony, you need to destroy the ant queen, as she is responsible for spawning worker ants. Than to kill the ant queen, you will need to find the nest.

To find the nest, you can place toxic bait for the ants. The ants will carry the bait to the colony, and the food will be distributed to all ants. The poisonous bait should kill all of them. It usually takes around two days to have any effect, allowing the ants to carry as much food to the nest as possible. We recommend having two bait stations per nest of ants. Some ants prefer solid bait and others go for liquid bait. Try one type of bait for two weeks, and if ants still appear, switch to the other form.

These are a few simple tricks you can do to make your home unattractive to ants. If the natural solutions do not eradicate the problem, it’s best to contact professional exterminators.

Read more about our ant control services and how to get rid of ants.

 

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