Ants can be one of the most difficult pests to rid your home of and, unfortunately, one of the most common. They’re the number 1 nuisance pest in America, according to pestworld.org!
Here are some ways you can get rid of ants and/or prevent an ant infestation in your home, without using harsh chemicals:
- Ants are looking for food and water; start by eliminating all food and water sources in and around your home.
- Cut back trees and other plants so that there’s no direct access for ants from outdoors into your home.
- Clean house: keep the kitchen clean, take out trash daily, don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink, sweep or vacuum any areas where food is handled daily, and store uneaten food in sealed containers.
- Use a 1 part white vinegar, 1 part water mixture and apply to any areas ants are crawling. This will disrupt their pheromone trails making it harder for them to return to the water/food source. You can also use this mixture to wipe down countertops in the kitchen as a natural ant deterrent.
- Seal and/or repair ant entry points – damaged or missing window or door screens, gaps or holes in flooring, around baseboards, doors, windows, broken or missing vents, and around plumbing
- Kill ants on contact with a soapy water mixture – 1 tsp of liquid dish soap mixed with a full spray bottle of water will work great. This will also help to deter ants from using the same paths by removing their scent trails.
- Draw chalk barriers around ant entry points making sure there’s no break in the lines.
- A key step in eliminating ants is to identify the type of ant you’re dealing with since that will determine how to get rid of them. We recommend contacting an exterminator, one that specializes in organic pest control solutions, to identify your pest issue, inspect for all entry points, and to provide you with treatment recommendations. Green pest control is just as effective as traditional pest control and utilizes botanical and earth-based products that work naturally to get rid of ants and are family and pet-friendly.