Posted on: 6 September 2018Share
Invading ants can cause big problems inside your home, so you need to make sure that they never make it there. Ants are beneficial when they are outdoors, but indoors, they can contaminate your food and even cause health problems for some people. They come inside because they are attracted to the potentially abundant food and water your home could provide. Here are some ways to make your home less attractive to ants so that they stay outside rather than in your home.
Block Off Entry Points
Try to find out where the ants are entering your home and close off their pathways. Common ways that ants enter is through electrical outlets, plumbing, cracks in the drywall, doors, and windows. Check both inside and outside your home for ant trails and close them off.
Keep Food Sealed
Keep food out of reach and sealed so that ants have no access. One effective way to keep them away from your food is to put it in the refrigerator. Otherwise, use tightly sealed containers. Some species of ants can chew through thin plastic, so storing them in bags is not always an ideal solution.
Be Fastidious About Cleaning
Wipe down all your counters and wash your floor regularly. This helps cut down on scent trails and small particles of food that you might not see but are noticeable to the ants. Keep your trash bin clean and sealed and take out your trash when it is full. Wash your dishes as soon as you're done using them.
Put Out Traps and Bait
Many species of ants do not respond to sprays and chemicals and may even become more numerous and aggressive if they are used. However, most species respond favorably to ant bait traps in which the treated bait is taken back to the queen as food and subsequently kills her. When using traps, keep any other foods sources away and don't wipe down the area and erase the ants' scent trail to the bait.
It may take some time before you see some results depending on the species, as some species respond better and more quickly than others. If all these things do not put a dent in or stop your ant problem, or you see no improvement, then it's time to call a professional. Some species may need treatment right at the nest, especially if that nest is inside your walls or another difficult place. Pest control company workers know what treatments work best for different species, so call a professional before attempting to treat any nests.