Ants are cute and adorable when watching them build their tiny homes in your backyard, but when they become a nuisance inside the home, their cute factor goes from 10 to zero. Their presence leaves much to be desired, especially when their ant family follows right along their pheromone trail.
The easiest way to get rid of an ant problem is the most costly and not at all earth-friendly. Although an infestation is good reason to call an exterminator, there are ways to limit or prevent ants from making their way into your humble abode.
Bagging dry food
Although it seems costly, a cheap plastic bag is more efficient than a bug guy spraying your home. Put everything you can such as flour, sugar, brown sugar and the like into plastic bags. Anything sweet should certainly go inside a bag. Your pantry is not an insect shelter and it’s better to be safe than sorry. It’s a good idea to put sugar and flour items in the freezer if space allows. If there is no source of attraction, there will not be ant attracted to your food supply.
Herbs and cleaning
A mixture of herbs will stave off a small ant infestation but keep in mind that this fix is for a minimal problem and not a large one. Conjure up a mix of dried baking soda, salt, cayenne pepper, and ground black pepper in a bowl (it worked for me). Sprinkle along all corners windowsills, and doorways. When you see a trail of ants, verify the source and apply the mix to the area. Cleaning with vinegar is key as removing pheromone trails is important. Ants follow the scent from their family.
Holes in the house
Keep an eye on cracks and holes in drywall and floorboards. It’s easy to forget about these little nooks and crannies but the large majority of ant populations will find a way to your larder via these sources. Use caulk to seal the borders so that you can rest easy. For instance, my friend owns a beach home and the kitchen is infested with ants. The one hundred-year-old home is full of little tiny places that ants can work their way into.
Before an ant problem becomes an absolute infestation, small solutions will minimize problems and will ensure that you will be ant-free. Ants are an interesting insect but they aren’t so interesting when they are infest a freezer or pantry.