Ants are common household pests and if you can see one, there may be thousands more lurking somewhere in your home. Wherever you find ants in your house, eliminating them completely requires destroying the colony and the queen.
There are thousands of species of ants with carpenter ants, house ants, black ants, and pavement ants being the most common. Ants are easy to spot since they move slowly and travel in groups. Often, you may notice you have an ant issue if you see an ant trail, dead ants, and even anthills in or around your house. So, how exactly can you get rid of these little creatures? Pointe Pest Control offers solutions to help you effectively eliminate your ant issue. Their technicians will be there on time once they receive a call from you.
Making Your Home Undesirable for Ants
To stop an ant issue, you stop them from getting in. Ants desire to get inside your house to look for water, food, and an ideal living condition. So, to prevent them from coming in, you need to make your home undesirable for them.
This can be done by ensuring all home openings are sealed tight, so ants and other pests can’t get in. Caulk can be used for sealing windows and doorway thresholds. Then, build barriers to entry for ants. Salt, talc, or even essential oils such a peppermint can deter bugs when placed around doorways and windows. Also, move all food products in pantries and cabinets high up off the ground, so ants can’t detect them. Keep your home clean and wipe any food spills right away.
Kills All the Ants You See Inside
To contain ants, you should not let any of them make it back to their nest alive. If you let one scout get away, a hundred of them will go back to their place. No matter how many see inside your house, kill them quickly with a wet sponge or spot treatment.
Often, ants walk in a single file when they scout for a new space and leave a trail for other ants to follow in. When you see this trail, wipe it up using a cleaning solution like water and bleach. Try not to bait ants by yourself because you can attract new colonies to your home. If your ant issue persists, let a professional exterminator handle the problem. Ants can cause physical damage to your house, so it is best to call an expert sooner than later.