There’s nothing more annoying than having some critters live with you in your abode. Ants are among the most common pests found in most American homes. If left neglected, they create large colonies in your yard and around your home over time. They can regularly contaminate your food, consistently damage your property, and completely become a nuisance to the whole household.
Getting rid of these pesky creatures is imperative, but it’s a lot easier said than done. Fret not, however, as we’re here to provide you with some steps to address the situation. That said, here’s our practical guide to eliminating ants in your house completely.
1. Know how to identify ants
It’s one thing to know how they look like; it’s another to identify the type of ants living in your house. By knowing the type of ants, you’ll know where they live, and how you can get rid of them effectively. The best thing to do is to have a close-up photo of the ants and submit it to your local university extension service. They can tell you what type of ants you’re dealing with. From there, you can take the next steps.
2. Look for the ants’ nest
Once you’ve identified the ant type, you can now start looking for their nest. Finding the nest can be extremely challenging. Make sure to inspect the damp areas of your home, such as the framing or flooring. Also, ensure to check the attics, bathrooms, and exterior walls of your house. Once you’ve found the nest, you can start spraying it with an insecticide containing bifenthrin, permethrin, or deltamethrin.
3. Use the best ant bait
It’s easy to get annoyed and kill the ants foraging for food in an instant. Killing a few of them may not be practical as there may be hundreds more concealed in the nooks and crannies of your house. The best thing to do is to use these scout ants to wipe out the entire colony. Prebait them in areas you’ve seen them by setting out sugary or fried foods. From there, see where they come from or where they’ll go home to.
4. Destroy the ant trails
Determine the ant trail and track the nest, then make sure to destroy the path as well. This is because the ants leave a scented trail that other ants follow. When doing so, it’s not enough that you sweep or mop the area. It’s best to have a mixed solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution to the trail so that ants will get completely disoriented.
5. Eliminate the ant colony completely
Know that the toxic ant bait might have been spread and shared with the rest of the ants, including the queen, and kill them. The trails may have already kept the entire ant colony disoriented. After having set out toxic ant bait and destroy the ant trail, the last resort is to get rid of the ant colony completely.
Ants are meant to stay and live outside, but these pesky creatures do not deserve a place in your home. That said, make sure to follow the steps mentioned above—from finding the ants down to eliminating their colonies.
If you’ve strictly followed all the steps, but to no avail, it’s about time to consider leaving all these to the experts. Contact your local Critter Control office for effective ant removal services.