How to get rid of ants at home

Getting rid of ants indoors may take time and patience, but the end result will be well worth the effort.  Ant infestation is a common problem in many parts of the U.S., and there are quite a few effective treatments to rid your home of these pesky insects.

If you see even one or two ants in your home, it may be cause for concern. That solitary ant may actually be a scout ant, venturing out from its nest to explore its surroundings in search of food, only to report back to the colony. That means there may be an ants‘ nest in the vicinity which must be eradicated to prevent an ant infestation in the house.

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ant infestation

In managing a potential infestation, prevention is better than cure. And that means maintaining a clean, hygienic kitchen because, in most cases, that’s the source to which ants are attracted to. Sweet, sticky residues on kitchen counters and floors attract bugs and pests by the hordes, so it is absolutely essential to make sure any spills or crumbs are cleaned right away. Store leftovers in sealed, airtight containers and put foodstuffs that can be refrigerated in the fridge.

ant removal techniques

You can use borax powder, boric acid or sublime sulfur to attack and eliminate the ants and ant colony by sprinkling the substances along the ant trail or directly on the nest. Keep in mind that these are toxic substances and you should make sure children and pets are at a safe distance when applying the treatment. Another effective method of eradicating these insects from your home is to pour boiling water on the nest. This will destroy the source of the ant infestation in the house and your home might become ants free again.

ant removal

Spraying with common household products such as Clorox and Windex has been known to work, as has vacuuming and ant-baiting. Keep in mind that some treatments will work better than others, depending on the type of ants.