How to Get Rid of Unwelcomed Ant Visitors

    Why did the old nursery song say “The ants go marching one by one. Hurrah! Hurrah!” We’ve never known anyone to shout “hurrah!” when they were visited by an army of crawling ants.

    If you want ants gone fast (and who doesn’t want them gone fast) then there are a few tips and tricks you need to know. We put together our best ant eradication tips here in a handy blog post. Whether you’re ok with chemicals or hoping to use a more organic method, we have some awesome tips for you!

    First Things First

    Of course, something attracted the ants to your home to begin with. Although it isn’t always a matter of poor housekeeping or open food that will attract ants, it’s a safe bet to eliminate any temptation for the critters. In some cases, you’ll be able to follow the ant trail right up to the spill or package of foods. Other cases, it may be less obvious. Deep clean your home to clean up any residual spills and keep an eye open for foods that aren’t sealed. It may even be smart to put a bowl of produce that’s normally stored on a table into the refrigerator for the time being.

    Next up, you’ll need to seal any openings where the ants could enter. Once again, try to follow the trail if you can. Many times it’ll lead you to a doorway or window that has a few spots that aren’t secure. Seal cracks that may have appeared around windows or doors. Caulk around pipe openings that may be allowing ants to enter your home.

    The Attack

    Now that you’ve cleaned and sealed your home, you’ll then need to bait the ants and then poison them in some way. Commercial ant sprays and poisons are available at your local hardware store. You can spray according to the package instructions or put out traps with ant poisons. You can use ant baits in areas that can’t be sprayed (think pantries or cabinets with dishes).

    Greener Options

    You may decide that poisons are not the route you want to go. You may also choose to try some of these more organic options before trying chemicals. If your home is prone to ants and you need a solution before you can go to the hardware store, there are some natural remedies that you probably have in your pantry. Try sprinkling cinnamon or cornmeal around doors and windows. Borax is another green option you can try. Ants are attracted to the substance and carry it back to their colony to poison the other ants. Diatomaceous earth is a powder that can be placed at entry points and around your home that will harm the ants as well.

    A multi-part approach is the best way to give these critters their eviction notice. We hope you won’t need to use these tips for anything more than prevention. In case you find yourself so unlucky to have an ant infestation- these tips should help you eliminate ants quickly and easily.

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