How do I deal with ants?

When ants are inside the home they can be annoying. They chew through your containers to your food. But outside they can be beneficial to keeping other pests away. Regardless, if you want to get rid of your ant infestation, take a look at the information below.

Prevention practices

  • Locate and seal out any points of entry. To do this, place small pieces of cardboard or wax paper with syrup or a high-protein treat (depending on your ant type) out at night. In the morning, there should be thick ant trails leading to their entry points into your home.
  • Keep the kitchen space clean and store any food in sealable containers with seals or gaskets so they can’t crawl in.


Non-chemical and mechanical techniques

  • Inside: Spray soapy water on areas where ants have been and wipe it down. This will get rid of the chemical trail that the lines of ants produce and follow. Outside: pour warm soapy water down into the nest. This will kill individual ants and force the others to relocate.
  • Place food attractants such as sticky traps around areas where ants travel.
  • Sprinkle cornmeal in areas where the ants are likely to go. Ants are attracted to cornmeal but they can’t actually digest it, causing them to slowly starve. It won’t instantly solve your ant problem but it is incredibly cheap and completely safe to use in a home with pets or small children.

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