Take out the annoying ants from your home and return to your colony with these easy and expert-approved tricks.
Each product is independently selected by our publishers. If you buy something through our links, we can earn an affiliate commission.
Your house is under attack
Cyrsiam / Shutterstock
Your home is your castle, and unfortunately it is not immune to attack … by a large army of tiny ants. An ant invasion is annoying, but it can also be dangerous for your health and your home, depending on the type of ant you are dealing with. And as with any pest problem, you should definitely not ignore it and just wait for it to disappear. So what can you do to stop this problem? Fight in the smartest way possible. The error experts informed us how to get rid of ants and finally evict these unwanted visitors from your home, safely and easily.
Know your enemy
Eric Isselee / Shutterstock
If you want to know how to get rid of ants, it is useful to know what type of ant it is. Why? Different ants require different approaches. "There are about 1,000 species of ants in North America," says Jody Green, PhD, urban entomologist at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Fortunately, there are only eight to ten habitual suspects in a given area. And, as Green explains, "knowing the ant helps determine what your favorite foods are and where you are likely to nest." For example, smelly ants are attracted to sugar, while protein ants are attracted to meat and fat.
And then there are the carpenter ants. These ants do not look for spilled maple syrup. They are looking for moist, soft and damaged wood to hollow out and make their colonies. "Signs of a carpenter ants problem could include sawdust piles on the floor near or under damaged wood, or see winged breeders that resemble wasps," says Eric Sebring, a certified entomologist associated with Western Exterminator. While you can deal with many species of ants on your own, you probably need an exterminator to get rid of these laborious ants, which can cause serious (and expensive) damage to your home. But before doing so, make sure you know these 15 internal secrets that your exterminator might not tell you.