How to Get Rid of Ants In Your Home


You probably notice ants outside everywhere, and if you are like most people, they probably don't bother you (except at a picnic). But once they get inside in your kitchen or bathroom or really anywhere, they can be a pain. So hopefully this article can help show you how to get rid of ants easily and naturally.

The first thing to notice is to see if there is an ant trail; that is if these ants are following each other marching into your house. If so, you want to eliminate the trail with some kind of house cleaner. This will help kill the ants when they try and follow this trail in the future.

If they are already in your house somewhere crawling around, one easy way to kill the ants is to spray them with a spray cleaner of your choice. Another idea is to vacuum them if you'd rather not get too close to them. Of course, once you suck up the ants, you need to clean your vacuum cleaner right away; otherwise, they might live inside your vacuum cleaner, and crawl out the first chance they get.

There are also several commercial ant traps you can buy. Some can be quite expensive, but others you can just buy from Amazon or your local store and they are reasonably priced. Also if you have kids or pets, you want to be sure any ant trap you get it is okay to use in your home. In other words, the trap should be non-toxic.

Once you have removed the ants, you want to be sure they'll stay away. So you’ll need to inspect your home for the smallest cracks where ants can get in; for example, around cracks in your windows or where your windows screens are torn. Caulk and/or tape will help with this.

These ants are getting in because they are looking for food. So make sure your floors are nice and clean, that you sweep the floors daily, and that you wash your dishes.

This also applies to pet food. Ants will eat any kind of food, so make sure there are no messes around where your pet eats.

Another idea to get rid of ants is to sprinkle some cayenne pepper by where the ants have appeared. Ants use a signal to know where the food is, and the cayenne pepper will help destroy that signal. Then the ants will just go away.

If all else fails, you can hire an ant exterminator. They generally can be hired for between $100 and $1,000, depending on how large your house is. Of course, the price depends on the kind of ants the exterminator will have to remove, and if you also want the exterminator to remove the ants’ nest outside the house. You also may want to consider some kind of a monthly treatment to keep these pests away. That might cost like $50 a month.

Ants are very beneficial to our society, but they can be a pain if they are inside your house. So hopefully this article help will help you to remove ants from your home.