Ants are a common household pest all over the world. They can get through the tiniest holes, and quickly seem to multiply in number. It can be hard to get rid of ants after they have infested a home. Using multiple methods of ant control is usually advised.
The most common way to get rid of ants is through the use of ant bait, a poison. Ant bait usually works one of two ways. Some kill only the ants that eat the poison. Others allow ants to carry the poisonous substance into the ant colony, effectively wiping out almost all of the ants, including the queen. Ant bait is available in numerous forms. It comes in ant houses, little plastic containers with holes along the side to let ants in or out. Ant killer also comes in a gel form, to be spread around the areas where ants most often seem to congregate. Different types of poison can be sprinkled around the foundation of a home to kill ants before they enter the house.
Sprays and powders can be used to get rid of ants almost immediately. This solves ant infestations temporarily, but will not kill the colony. In a pinch, most household cleaning sprays will also kill ants. The rule of thumb is that if it will make a human sick, it will kill an ant. With using any ant poison, or household cleaning product, remember not to use it near food or around children or pets.
For households with children, or for those who prefer to not use harsh chemicals, there are several natural ways to get rid of ants. One of the most commonly recommended is mixing sugar with borax solution, and sprinkling it around problem areas. Most natural ant controls use the idea that ants will stay away from what they don’t like. Cinnamon, mint, vinegar, talc-based baby powder, and pepper can all be used to deter ants. When sprinkled on counters, ants will stay away to avoid the unpleasant substances. Salt can also be used. Pouring salt around the foundation of a home can help keep ants out.
Preventing ant infestations is easier than getting rid of the ants after they are in your home. Keeping counters clean, floors swept, and the sink cleared is the first step to ant prevention. Using caulk to seal any cracks between walls and floors can keep ants out. Sugar, honey, and other sweet food items should be kept in plastic or glass containers during ant season. Planting mint or other ant deterring plants around the outside of your home can help control ant problems as well.
There are many ways to get rid of ants. Depending on the severity of the ant infestation, using two or more methods may work faster than using just one. Some types of ants respond better to different types of poison. Keep trying ant control ideas until one works, then stick with it to keep the ants from returning.