Honestly, I have never dealt with ants in this apartment until I began writing this article. No matter how much food was around, ants never got into my apartment, so it freaked me out when I saw a little line of them. If you stop them immediately, you can certainly prevent a full-scale invasion. I haven’t seen any since then, but I have to say in fairness, that my apartment was spray for bugs two days later during a routine maintenance. I didn’t have any poisons readily available, and I didn’t feel like running out to the store to deal with this. So here is a practical way to get rid of a small infestation and will not work for a large infestation.
This is pretty obvious, but the first step is to clean up any of the food particles that you see on the floor. Ants don’t normally infest houses like cockroaches, but it is possible if you let them. You don’t need to break out the bleach and soaps. Just pick up the crumbs and do a good once over.
Create a barrier
Try to see where those ants originated from, most of the time it is a crack in the front door, or a hole in the wall. You want to cut off their conga line. There are many ways to do this, I simply threw a lot of talcum powder all over what I suspected were entry points. It doesn’t need to be talcum, you can use flower. This works because ants are repelled and will not cross powdery substances. 1
Here is the fun part. You cleaned up that lone piece of cat food that those ants were chowing on, so what’s next? By now, they’re scurrying around like crazy looking for more food. This is when you take out the big guns. You can use poisons, sprays or good old fashion foot stomping. Anything to kill or get rid of them. An easy, and an efficient way to get rid of a mass of ants is to generously apply talcum powder everywhere. Make it look like Tony Montana’s desk. This does two things. First, it make the ants visible, especially if you have a dark carpet. Secondly, and the best part, is that it makes the susceptible to being sucked up into the vacuum cleaner.
Afterwards, dump out the vacuum cleaner, unless you want to turn your cleaner into an ant farm. However, I wouldn’t recommend it, they can crawl back out just as easily. After this, toss some more talcum power to see if you can find anymore stragglers. Ants will send little recon units, like little James to search for food, then go back and bring the troops.
Ants will send little recon units to search for food, like a small version of Jason Bourne. Then they go back to hill and share the intel with the rest of the soldiers. If you do this, they will immediately invade again. So in order to not have another repeat, it is imperative that you seek and destroy every single one of them. I am usually one who likes to let bugs outside, but you can’t show mercy with ants because they will return with a full merciless force.
The ants will be gone if you acted fast enough, and should not return anytime soon. This part is optional, but you can always follow-up with another poison, or fumigation. I was lucky that the maintenance came around two days later for their monthly spray, but I probably would have not gone this far unless I kept seeing a resurgence. So if you are reading this at 3 AM, in your briefs, hopefully this guide helped you take care of that ant problem until the morning.