If you have ants in your house, you had better start to get rid of them sooner rather than later or you will end up having a big problem. They will be everywhere, helping themselves to your food and making your home unclean. Besides, you don’t want them biting you while you are asleep, do you?
You may have tried squishing them but this is not the answer. Remember, there are different kinds of ants which means they may be attracted to different things.
Sometimes, repellents may work on some of them but not on others. It is important to know what kind of ants you have in your home. This is the first step to take. You can also call in the professionals and ask them for advice on getting rid of it and keeping them away. Here are some pest control tips on how to get rid of ants in your home.
1. The Entry Points
You can try to block off any entry points into your home. The thing to understand is, the ants may actually not be living in your home. They may be coming from the outside. Blocking their entry points will help, but this is not as easy as it sounds. You may be able to block some entry points but not all. This does not mean you should not at least try. Try sealing off windows and doors and any holes, nooks and crannies in your walls.
2. Destroy The Scouter Ants
Ants are clever and sneaky. Even James Bond could learn a thing or two. Ants think about which area they should target next in your home. Instead of just marching about, the colony will send certain ants known as scouter ants. These guys will go to check out where they can go next and then they come back to ‘report’ on what they’ve found. However, if you can kill these ants before they come back, then their whole operation collapses and they won’t know where to go.
3. Use Deterrents
To defend your home from ants taking over, you can use several substances which will act as a deterrent. Chalk, pepper, salt and even baby powder are quite effective in achieving this. You can also use ant repellents which you can buy which will be safe enough so that your pets, should you have any, will not be harmed.
4. Ant Poison
You can use ant poison to destroy the colony. Before you place the poison down, find out where they are gathering first. Take note of where they flock to. Once you lay down the poison in such a spot, they will take the poison back to the colony and this will kill them. Look at places like your bathroom, your pantry or countertops. If they gather in such places, place the poison there.
When you have an ant problem, it is understandable that you want to try to take care of the problem by yourself. While you may succeed to a point and can certainly deter ants from taking over your home, ultimately, you need to call in the professionals to completely get rid of them. Some people use a professional service as a last resort, while the smarter ones make the call first!