Seeing ants in your home can make you feel anxious and upset. If you see more than one roaming around, you may suspect there is a nest somewhere nearby. You will want to search for the ant home and will want to take steps for removal. Here are some methods to get ants to leave your home for good:
There are several ways to kill ants that have invaded your house. Borax is used to clean surfaces in your home but is also something you can use to kill ants. Mix some borax with water and peanut butter to make a tasty paste that ants will enjoy eating. Spread it on small bits of paper and leave them in areas where you have seen ants. The ants will carry the pieces back to their nest to snack upon. The borax will kill the ants and most importantly, kill the queen ant.
You could make a mixture of rubbing alcohol, dish detergent and water and place it in a spray bottle. This mixture will kill ants on contact when you spray it on them. Keep it handy in your kitchen area or areas where you have noticed an abundance of ant traffic.
Talc is also used to kill ants. Place talc inside a vacuum cleaner bag and vacuum ants if there are large quantities. This will remove them from areas of your home quickly. Make sure to dispose of the vacuum cleaner bag or dump the collection bin right away so if ants do not die quickly, they will not be able to crawl back out into your home.
If you have a hard time removing all the ants from your home, you may want to hire a professional pest control service to handle the job. They will be able to use pesticides to remove the ants for you.
Once you have removed ants from the home, you will want to do a few things to prevent the problem from reoccurring. Place gravel along the perimeter of your foundation instead of grass. Remove any large wood piles. Make sure all cracks, crevices, and holes are repaired using caulk to seal. Inside the home, do a deep clean to remove any areas that have food particles. Make sure to always place leftovers in sealed containers. When cleaning the kitchen, use a bleach cleaner to remove any smell of food from counter tops and the stove area.
To learn more, contact a company like American Pest Solutions with any questions you have.