If you've seen a constant flow of ants marching through your kitchen counter or hanging around the window sill, do not panic. Insects of all kinds are especially active in the spring and summer. You can get rid of those ants and send them to pack the hills (ants) with these simple steps.
How to get rid of indoor ants
Play the detective. Instead of sweeping the ants immediately, you must get to the bottom of what is attracting them. Whether it's a trickle of honey in the sink or a spoon lost in the sink, there's forever a fountain. Clean up what has attracted your new tenants (although there are probably more than ten!), and they could move on their own.
Turn off Scouting. The teams of scout ants look for food with pheromones that leave a trail for other ants to follow, and simply sweeping them will not eliminate it. Destroy your little trail with a mixture of one part of vinegar in three parts of water and spray it anywhere you've seen ants.
Use mint or lavender spray to repel those annoying ants.
Ready, establish, repels. Mix mint or lavender oil (two aromatic ants) with water and spray it at entry points such as window or door frames. If you decide to take the chemical route, look for a product with boric acid and be sure to read the instructions carefully. (Some can be harmful to pets and small children).
Count to three. Once you have placed the repellents, avoid the temptations to kill any ant, as they will do all the hard work to bring the poisonous bait to the nest.
How to get rid of ants outdoors
Send a search match Look for ant beds in your garden or on the foundations of your home. Carpenter ants tend to hide in damaged or damp wood, so inspect tree stumps, wood piles, damaged trees, and old patio furniture.
Make a splash. Once you have found the nest, pour boiling water over the ant hill or spot with an insecticide outdoors.
Reach (courtyard) work. A well maintained property is the easiest way to keep the ants at bay. Pay attention to the branches, bushes or bushes that touch your home and provide easy access for ants to enter inside.
How to keep ants out of your home forever
Seal the entry points. Seal and seal cracks or crevices exposed on doors and windows.
Do not let the crumbs rest too long.
Hide the sweets. The black garden ants (fun fact: they are actually dark brown!) Are the most likely invaders. Keep food, especially honey, maple syrup and sugar, in airtight containers or wrapped in foil or plastic wrap.
You have your duties. Regularly clean countertops and floors where crumbs are most likely to be hidden. And keep that pet food stored between meals and clean pet bowls regularly.
Take out the trash. Make sure trash cans (especially in the kitchen!) Are covered, and after taking out the trash, inspect the can for any residue that may be persisting.
When to call professionals
If your marching orders are ignored and a handful of ants becomes an army, you may have an infestation on your hands. Call an expert to inspect your home so they can identify the ant species and exterminate them properly.
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