If ants have invaded your home, but you can’t afford to hire an exterminator to eliminate the pesky insects, follow these five simple steps to get rid of ants on your own.
1. Seal off all potential entryways.
Your home’s six-legged squatters are finding a way in somewhere, and it is your job is to seal off any cracks and crevices they might be crawling through. Use caulk in the cracks of doors, windows, and in any other crevices or holes you may find. Spray these newly-sealed areas with indoor insecticide to prevent any more ants from getting inside your home.
2. Clean your house thoroughly.
If you continue providing your ant intruders with food, they’ll continue living in your home. Cut off their food supply by thoroughly cleaning up spills, sweeping up crumbs, vacuuming carpets, mopping floors, washing dirty dishes, wiping counters, taking out the garbage, and keeping food in secure containers. Even simply leaving water in the sink can invite ants to return for a drink. The key is to take all of these precautions right away to prevent the ants from having an opportunity to get to the mess before you do.
3. Eliminate their trails.
Ants leave scent trails for their friends to follow. By eliminating ants and their scent along a trail, you’re helping to keep the rest of the ants away. If you see an ant, kill it or suck it up with a vacuum. You can also spray the trail with a vinegar and water solution or all-purpose cleaner to kill the scent.
4. Set up bait.
It is impossible to stop an ant infestation by killing them off one-by-one. Besides erasing the trails of their scent, you should also purchase and set up bait based on the ants’ particular food preference, which you can determine by figuring out the types of food they are usually drawn to in your home. Allow the ants to find the bait, take it back to their nest, and share it with their colony. The bait’s toxicity should wipe out most, if not all, of the nest’s population. Cornstarch is a cheaper alternative and works similarly to ant bait only it’s non-toxic.
5. Eliminate their nest.
If bait doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, try tracking the ants’ trail back to its origin and, hopefully, you can pinpoint the exact location of their nest. Once you’ve located it, you can wipe out the nest directly with an indoor ant killer spray.
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