Rid Of Ant In The House?
Already infested? No Worries! This post will teach you the first steps of how to get rid of ants in the house once they’ve entered. Once ants have entered your house, the crucial first step is to remove any source of food that may be attracting them. Put away any food and locate any spills or crumbs that may be lurking on counters, under tables, or in the garbage cans. Remember, if the sugar ants can’t find food, they won’t stick around! Also, if you choose to use ant baits, any food you have accessible will serve as competition and distract the ants from the ant baits.
Another important step to get rid of ants in the house is to eliminate moisture. Ants and others love damp areas, so try to keep your sink dry and run your bathroom fan to reduce moisture after showering.
Finally, in addition to any pesticides or other sprays you use, it is important to disrupt the ants’ trails. Since ants navigate largely by their sense of smell, and they detect the pheromones other ants leave, they will keep coming back unless you disrupt the trails, so mop frequently. Also, remove any dead ants promptly so the other ants won’t be attracted by the body.
Once you’ve accomplished the above steps, you’ve made a good start, but chances are it won’t be enough–you’ll still need some further advice on how to get rid of ants in the house. You’ll probably want to move on to more proactive measures, such as using ant baits or ant sprays.
Why choose a natural ant killer?
Whether out of concern for the environment or for the people or pets in their homes, many people opt for a natural ant killer instead of a toxic synthetic version. Using a natural ant killer can be kinder to the ecosystem than a chemical spray, as well as being safe for the humans and animals that inhabit the area. The article below deals with natural ant killers; if you would prefer a natural ant deterrant, see this page.
Boric Acid: DIY Ant Baits
One popular natural ant killer is borax, or boric acid. You can create a homemade ant bait by mixing a small amount (1/8-1/4 tsp) of boric acid with a food that will attract the ants, such as sugar, honey, or peanut butter. The ants will bring the boric acid back to their nests, which should eliminate the colony. Depending on your type of ant, you may need to experiment with a few different bait foods until you find the one your ants will like. Note: While small amounts of boric acid are not lethal, in large amounts it is toxic, so use out of reach of children or pets.
Earth Power: Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is another natural ant killer. While they won’t carry it home with them to their colony, ants that walk over a light coating of diatomaceous earth (DE) will dry out and die. Soon ants will avoid the area where DE has been spread.
To use DE, spread a thin, light coating over any problem areas where ants may enter your home. Don’t make it too thick, because the ants will just go around it if it obstructs their path.
Diatomaceous earth has two big advantages when it comes to ant control:
- It is completely non-toxic, and therefore safe for use around kids and pets.
- Also, because it is not a spray or liquid, it remains effective for a long time after application. According to the website, you only need to re-treat your home about once a month.
Citrus Spray: Orange Guard
Orange Guard is a natural ant repellent made totally from edible food extracts. Its intended use is as a deterrent, sprayed in cracks and other entry points, but a thorough spray will kill ants on contact as well, making it an excellent, all-in-one solution. It is entirely safe for use around people, pets, and food, and leaves behind a pleasant orange smell. Orange Guard is inexpensive and easy to use, making it a great choice for people who don’t have the time or inclination for more complicated products.