How does it feel to see those tiny ants dancing over your favourite dessert? Let's face it, having ants at home can be a big nuisance. Where there’s one ant, there are thousands more and the level of destruction caused by these lil insects has nothing to do with its size. From destroying your favourite wall art to ruining the foundation of your house, ants can do all of it!!
If you don’t want to see ants crawling in your home, here’s a complete guide for you to deal with ants. Let’s get started with-
What attracts ants?
To survive, ants wander in search of food. With forgotten food spills or uncovered food, you’re giving ants a strong reason to invade your house. Ants are attracted to a wide variety of food, especially sweets.
Besides food, some species of ants also need a reliable water source to survive. Having leaky pipes and faucets can be another reason for ants lingering in commonly moist areas of your home
Particularly in the winter months or during the wet seasons, ants are much more likely to invade your home and seek shelter in it. That’s because their outdoor nests and colonies can often be ruined by excess rain, while indoor nests are much safer
How do ants get into the home?
Looking at their tiny sizes, it’s obvious ants do not need a massive space to get into your house. Following are the most commons entry points for ants to invade your house -
- Cracks in walls
- Gaps in foundation
- Open doors and windows
- Underneath carpet, tile and hardwood floors as ants can travel inside the flooring
- Accidentally brought ants inside with you. Ants can hitch rides on houseplants, toys, used furniture
Where do ants hide?
- Behind kitchen appliances and cabinets
- Under concrete slabs
- Inside walls
- In rotted window frames
- Beneath floors
What are the early signs of ant infestation?
You see the ants live
If you have an ant infestation, then sooner or later ants will definitely cross your sight and that is the surest sign of your house being invaded by these tiny insects
You notice ant trails
Ant trails in and out of your home or premises are another sign. Some ant species will lay down a pheromone trail to a food source. This trail leads other ants from the colony to the food source
Ant nests are visible
Small piles of dirt, often in the grass, found can be indicative of an infestation. And if you have ants outside your home, it's pretty much certain that you have them within your house as well
You can hear activity from your walls
Ants can make their way through the tiniest cracks, so walls are a common hideout. It can be difficult to know for certain that there are ants living inside your home’s walls, however, if you put your ear close enough to an ant colony, it’s possible to hear the ants rustling around
What dangers does ant infestation possess?
While few of the ants are non-poisonous, there are ants that can cause you trouble physically. Certain ant species bites can trigger allergic reactions which might lead to swelling, difficulty in breathing and such other reactions
As furniture and walls are the most common hideouts to ants, they cause damage by tunnelling through. Piles of wood shavings is a sign of your furniture being destroyed by the ants
Ants are favourite to many other pests; their existence will lure other pests to enter your house as they are appealing to many
How to get rid of ants?
Ants detest the strong odour of vinegar and it also cover-ups their scent trails that attracts other ants. Prepare a solution of equal amounts of water, white vinegar and a few drops of essential oil. Wipe down your countertops, cupboards and any other places where you've spotted ants. And, next time you mop the floor, pour a bit of vinegar into the bucket for faster results
It is either the calcium carbonate or the chalk line that chases the ants away. You can grind up white chalk or buy powdered chalk. Draw a line around your baseboards and food items, ants won’t cross the chalk line!!
Oranges and lemons
The smell of citrus can suffocate ants. The citrusy scent of lemon and oranges would keep the ants away while masking up the ant scent trails. Squeeze lemons into a spray bottle, or rub a pureed blend of orange peel and water on window sills and doors jambs to discourage the ants from crossing over
Combine equal parts of Borax and corn syrup to make a colony-killing trap. Using a small piece of cardboard or index card, smear the mixture. Ants love corn syrup, and when they eat it, the Borax kills them
A spoonful of salt can solve your ant problems easily. Spreading salt near nooks and corners from where ants enter the house will help to keep ants away. A line of salt on the ground forms an ant barrier, and a spray made by dissolving salt in the water helps repel the ants
If you see ants emerging from a gap or a hole in the ground, spill boiling water into the area to kill them quickly and effectively. Make sure to treat every ant holes you come across near your house
Herbal Ant Repellent
Herbal Ant Repellent made from natural oils and herbal extracts is non-toxic and safe repelling to kill ants. Spray it in the affected area for a few days and get rid of ants for months together
Raid Killer Spray
Raid Ant & Roach Killer kills the pests on contact for up to four weeks with residual action. There is no artificial odour left behind. This simple spray can be used to treat surfaces infested with ants, roaches, and other insects
Raid Ant Baits
This ant bait has the potential to kill the ants from the roots including the queen. Place the bait along the walls and near the entry points where ants usually hide and let the bait do its wonders
Ant Go liquid
A few drops of Ant go liquid on the floor and your work is done. The liquid contains food attractant ants usually love. Upon feeding the bait, the ant returns to the colony and transfers the bait to other ants, ultimately killing the entire colony
How to prevent ants from re-entering?
- Clean up food spills right away
- Store ripe fruit in the refrigerator, and other foods in - especially honey, maple syrup, and sugar in airtight containers or tightly wrapped with foil or plastic wrap
- Regularly clean out your trash cans
- Fix leaking water pipes right when they happen
- Seal cracks and crevices around your house
- Regularly clean countertops, floors, cabinets, and pantries
- Clean pet bowls often and wipe off any spilt food or water promptly
- Inspect indoor potted plants for insect activity often