Getting rid of ants can be as easy as wiping away their scented trails or complicated as replacing an entire wood pole. Whichever way you choose to get rid of them will depend on a range of aspects, including the type of ant, the extent of the infestation, your experience level, and your desired goals. In this article, we will focus on simple ways to get rid of ants from your home:
Identify the trails
Ants travel on trails and leave behind scents to direct other ants to the food and colonies. One of the easiest ways to stop them in their tracks is by destroying these trails. Doing this is like killing their communication; the ants won’t know where the food is, or their colonies. Better yet, you can decide to poison the food which they are after. This way, the ants will carry the poisoned food back to their colonies and kill the rest, including the queen.
Use worker ant as bait
If you are like most people, you might assume that pesticide is the best solution because it eliminates visible ants. But this doesn’t address the root problem, so you’ll always be under attack. Instead of using pesticides, try placing sweet baits laced with a substance that’s only toxic to ants, like boric acid, outside the house. And don’t forget to keep other surfaces clean so that your bait is the only attractive thing for the ants.
Don’t be in a hurry
One of the main reasons people fail to get rid of ants from their home is because they want to see results the same day. But this might take time. It might take weeks to eliminate an entire colony of ants, especially if it’s a large one with many queens. Keep on replacing the baits until the infestation ends.
Since most ants form their colonies outside, you may want to supplement your DIY efforts with pesticides. Since you have an idea of where the colonies are, you may want to spray insecticide enough to reach the queen. But you want to ensure that the colony is the one dispatching worker ants into your home because otherwise, you’ll be destroying ants that are adding value to your garden. It’s also wise to spray carefully not to hurt people or other animals.
Clean your home
Pests have one thing in common, and that is their high affinity for filth. Although ants can still invade a clean home, its best to ensure your surfaces are free from leftovers. Ideally, you don’t want to make it easy for them to find food or water in your home.
Fix any entry points
Last but not least, ants, like other pests, access your home through entry points. A great way to keep them away is by sealing any point of entry. This includes any cracks and crevices on the wall. You may also want to seal around doors and windows and all popes, cables and wire entry points.