Summer is just around the corner. That means ants are going to start coming out of the woodwork – sometimes literally. Once ants invade your home, they can be difficult to control, especially if they start building nests. Don't get frustrated. Here are four steps you can take to help get rid of the ants.
Get Busy with the Bait
If you've found ants crawling along the baseboards, they're probably also inside your walls. You can make the bait more accessible by placing it along the trail. That includes treating the areas behind your stove and refrigerator. Boric acid works quickly to kill ants, including those back at the nest. Sprinkle boric acid behind your stove and refrigerator. Ants will carry the boric acid back to the nest where other ants will feed. For best results, sprinkle a fresh layer of boric acid once a week.
Don't Step On Them
Once you've left a trail of boric acid, you want to resist the urge to step on the ants you find on your floor. Those ants are probably carrying boric acid back to the nest. If you kill them, they won't be able to help you kill the ants hiding in the nests.
Seal Off the Access Points
Ants can gain access to your home through small cracks in your walls and foundation. To help keep ants out of your home, you should seal off all their access points. Inspect your home to identify cracks that will need to be repaired. Cracks in foundations and stucco can be repaired using a concrete patch compound. Before beginning this project, be sure to spray the access points with insecticide to kill any ants that might be in the hole.
Supplies You'll Need
- Wire brush
- Concrete trowel
- Concrete patch mix
- Use your wire brush to remove loose concrete from the access point.
- Put your gloves on.
- Pour your dry concrete mix into your bucket.
- Add water and mix according to package directions.
- Use your trowel to fill the access point with the concrete patch compound.
- Repeat the application on all access points.
- Allow the compound to dry.
Cover Their Scent
Ants follow the scent of previous ants. To keep ants from returning to your home, you need to cover that scent. Unfortunately, ordinary soap and water isn't enough to destroy the scent. You'll need to apply vinegar and water to kill the scent. Fill a garden sprayer with 2 gallons of water and 1 gallon of vinegar. Spray the solution along the perimeter of your home. Repeat the application along the baseboards inside your home. This will remove the scent and prevent ants from following the same trail into your home.
If you have ants, you'll want to get rid of them and keep them away. Use the simple steps described above to help get your ant problem under control. If you continue to have problems with ants, be sure to contact a professional pest removal company.