Ants are even more annoying in your house than they are on a picnic. These tiny little bugs will often enter your house after detecting a food source. They'll keep coming back day after day and wreaking havoc on your life. Before you give up completely and let the ants have their run of your home, learn some simple ways you can control your ant problem.
Block All Entry Points
Blocking all the entry points that the ants have to your home is your first step. As the insects are so small, they don't need much space to get inside. Make sure that there isn't a gap between your door and the frame or floor, and get rid of any cracks in your walls or foundation. Using caulk is a great way to limit their access.
Use Ant Baits
Ant baits are great for homes with curious kids and pets. Unlike chemical sprays and other treatment methods that might get on your floors and furniture, the baits act as a self-contained unit. The baits release an odor that is pleasing to the ants and will attract those insects. Once the ants get inside though, they remain trapped and can't get out.
Put Away Food
Leaving food out is like putting out a welcome sign for ants. They can detect food odors from a significant distance away and will follow the scent trail to reach the food source. Make sure that you put all your food away and that you don't leave leftovers sitting out on the counter. Put non-perishable foods like cereal, rice, and crackers in sealed plastic containers.
Try Natural Remedies
Natural remedies are occasionally useful at controlling ant populations. One remedy involves a mixture of borax and powdered sugar. The powdered sugar attracts the ants, and the borax in the mixture kills the ants. Some people swear that using cinnamon, peppermint and coffee grounds will repel ants too.
Locating and eliminating the outdoor colony is the best way to really control your ant problem. As long as the scent trail previous ants left behind remains in the air, the ants in the colony will continue following that trail to your home. For professional assistance, contact Clegg’s Pest Control. Or you can call on the phone at 888-672-5344 for a complete evaluation of your home or business.
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