If you have an ant infestation in your house, you don’t necessarily need to pay for an expensive exterminator. There are some do-it-yourself tips and tricks that you may use to get rid of ants easily and quickly.
You probably already know this one, but it is a crucial step, so don’t skip it. You need to keep your house clean at all times. That little line of ants is heading to your kitchen or trashcan because they are looking for food, according to Info Please. Get a lid for your trash and take it out regularly. Do your dishes at least once daily if not every time you use a dish and clean your kitchen while you are cooking; this actually makes cleaning easier as well.
There are a few little do-it-yourself tricks you can use to help eliminate ants that have already found their way into your home. These are easy and inexpensive so you should try them out as a first course of action.
Sticky tape works wonders. You can either put strips in areas where ants will head to, like your fruit bowl, or lay down pieces sticky side up right where the ant line walks. The little pests will get trapped on the sticky tape and that is the end of them.
If the anthill itself is in a visible location, you can attack the problem at the source. Block off access from the anthill, although they may eventually tunnel out elsewhere it will severely disrupt things. Simple placing an old coffee can or flower pot upside down and snug to the ground over the hole will do the trick.
Spray for Ants
If you have a serious ant problem then you can take the approach that an exterminator or pest control specialist would use and spray for ants. You can buy a jug, with a spray nozzle, of bug killer such as Ortho Home Defender at your local hardware store for a fraction of what it costs to have a professional come out and the task itself is quick and easy.
First you will want to locate their path and spray up and down it. They will most likely pick a new route so now just spray along the base of your exterior walls, around window sills and door frames and also electrical sockets.
This will last for weeks if not months and any ants that cross this boundary you sprayed will die before returning home with food eventually destroying the colony. The great thing is this will also take care of roaches and other bugs you may have an issue with as well.