Nobody wants to see a trail of ants marching down the wall and into every crevice in the house. They might outnumber us 140,000:1, but that doesn’t mean we need to make room for them.
Ants aren’t just a nuisance (and disgusting) but they can cause some serious damage. Avoiding them in the first place is much better than removing an infestation (we’ll cover that a bit, too, though). Here’s how to avoid an ant infestation in your home.
Seal the Entryways
This is the first thing you should do. It’s easy—all you need is some caulk or another type of sealant. Just keep an eye on the ant column and see where they are coming in. Chances are it’s everywhere. They can fit into just about any hole. Seal the entrances up and you’ll instantly put a damper on their parade. You can even use a temporary fix like petroleum jelly.
Anti-ant products are your best friends. Once you’ve found suspected entryways, you can either go the natural route and sprinkle some salt on the floor or windowsills, or you go all-out and get some ant poison. It depends on the nature of your past infestations (and hatred for ants). The good news is that if an ant brings back some salt to its colony, you could do some more damage there, too.
Squish the Scouts
What’s scarier: a lone ant or a column of them?
Believe it or not, it’s the lone warrior that should be more alarming. Colonies will send out lone scouts to go search for food and report back. Don’t let them get there. Squish them. Most of us tend to just let them go. Don’t!
You should obviously never leave food out, but it takes more effort than that to keep ants out of your house. Seal food up in airtight containers and clean thoroughly after every meal. Don’t forget the sink either. Make sure it’s cleaned out after doing the washing up because all of that leftover food is going to attract unwanted guests.
If You Already Have an Infestation
If the ants are already invading every surface of your home, don’t panic. There’s an easy fix:
- Don’t Kill the Ants: Let them go back to the colony with the food they found. This way you can locate the queen.
- Set up Ant Bait Along the Trail: Get close to the colony and set ant bait up as close as possible.
- Be Patient: The worker ants will now take the bait and carry it back to the queen, forever destroying the colony (muahahaha!).
Nobody wants ants in their home. Not only are they disgusting but some can seriously bite! Use these tips on keeping ants out of your home to make sure it doesn’t happen to you. If it does, do your best to take out the whole colony. If it gets serious, contact Jims Pest Control Adelaide immediately to put an end to things once and for all.