Getting rid of ants in home can be very difficult once they have established their residence. They are very small and very determined, and one or two ants can turn into hundreds in just days or hours. It is important to prevent them before they even think about coming into your home. Regular visits from an exterminator company or using some things around the house to deter the ants from coming in can decrease your chances of having them.
One of the best ways to prevent ants from coming into your home is to seal off your home as much as possible from the outside. Ants are very tiny insects and they can find very tiny openings much easier than you can. So take some time and caulk all of the nooks and crannies on the outside of your home. Insects can come into your walls and then, from there, enter your home from a very different spot. So if you have previously had problems getting rid of ants in your kitchen, that could mean that the opening on the outside of your home was at your bedroom. So don’t just caulk areas that you assume might be trouble areas.
Ants follow trails to move around. There are some scouting ants that create the trail, but the vast majority of ants just play follow the leader. So if you have had issues with ants and you are trying to get rid of them, clean every surface with a mixture of half vinegar and half water with a few drops of dish soap. This is not only a great cleaning agent that you can use for nearly any surface, but ants hate the smell and it destroys the trail that they follow. Lemon juice can also destroy the trails if you prefer a citrus scent.
Try some Aromas
There are several aromas that ants like sugar ants, steer clear of either because they don’t like the smell or because they know it’s poisonous to them. Here are a few:
- Peppermint essential oil
- Baby powder
- Chili pepper
- Coffee grounds
- Citrus peels
Try these aromas to get rid of ants in your kitchen, or home.