Ants are annoying pests that are challenging to eliminate. You will need to hire an exterminator to apply chemicals safely and effectively around your property in severe cases. However, as a homeowner, you can do a few things to repel ants from your home. Here are a few DIY options.
To Repel Ants, Keep Your House Clean
Ants are attracted to food, mainly if it contains sugar. Take the time to clean up food or liquid spills immediately. After preparing food, clean the countertops and floors to remove crumbs that might attract ants. Because these insects can fit into tiny spaces, store your food in air-tight containers.
If you live with pets, don’t leave their food out in the open at all times. Instead, establish a feeding schedule and remove the dog or cat bowl when they’ve finished eating, so it doesn’t attract ants and other insects.
Set Ant Baits
Ant baits are small plastic disks containing a poison that you place around your house. Ants consume the poison and carry some of it back to their colony. Bait traps are an effective solution for an ant infestation.
Because different types of ants are attracted to different food types, you may need to try several bait products until you identify the one the ants prefer. Be prepared to initially see more ants in the home, as a bait attracts them, but eventually, it will work to kill the colony.
Seal the Home to Repel Ants
Look for areas of the house where ants can get inside. Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal holes and small gaps around windows, doors, and trims. Check utility entrances around your home. You may be able to determine how the ants are accessing your house. Seal the area well to keep ants outside where they belong.
Look for the Source
Locating and removing the ant nest is another helpful step in stopping an infestation. Anthills are usually located in the yard and are generally easy to find. However, finding the nest may be more challenging depending on the variety of ants. If ants are a consistent problem, call a professional to determine if the infestation is manageable through bait or if it’s large enough to need professional attention.
Regardless of the route you take, immediately identifying and dealing with ant infestations is essential. They are a nuisance to those living in your house, and the problem can worsen with time. If you notice ants in your home, follow the above tips or call a professional exterminator.