Most people are having a hard time thinking of how to get rid of ants in the kitchen. They are everywhere and if you don’t deal with them now, sooner or later they will be infesting the whole house. Getting rid of ants in the kitchen however is not really a hard thing to do. All you need to think about is what route to take. But first, you will need to find where these ants are.
Finding tiny black ants in the kitchen doesn’t have to be a source of panic. First you have to understand how ants behave. Some ants, such as carpenter ants, are attracted to moist wooden areas outside or in your home. From there they may make small tunnels to come into your home and eat any crumbs, scraps of food or leftovers they may find. Sugar ants are attracted to anything sweet such as fruit, sugar, candy and they may even eat certain breads to satisfy their cravings. Here are some tips for getting rid of ants in your kitchen.
Kitchen Ants Prevention and Detection
Regardless of the type of ant you think is causing an infestation, you can get rid of them safely and prevent future infestations using the same methods. Keep your kitchen and eating areas clean. You can use bleach or vinegar to wipe down any visible counter tops, tables, and your floor. Vacuum any areas that might have crumbs in them—all of these things will help get rid of any mess and scent that may be attracting ants into your home. Take your garbage out every evening because nighttime is when ants are most active. Deep-cleaning your home once in a while could also help you find the ants’ nest and remove any debris that is attracting ants into your kitchen. Clean spaces under your furniture thoroughly, wash any rugs or mats, and clean under your refrigerator as well.
If you have a pet, keep your pets food in a closed container and find a way to feed them that will keep ants from having access to your food. For example, you can place your pet’s bowl of food inside a slightly bigger bowl or pan that has water. This will help ants be unable to access your pet’s food and is fairly comfortable as long as there’s no room for your pet’s paw to get into the water.
When looking for signs of an infestation, remember that you may see small wood shavings and parts of dead ants if you have a carpenter ant invasion. Once you see small ants in the kitchen, follow them and determine how they’re getting into your house. This will help you decide where to put your baits and repellents, and where you will caulk or fix for moisture issues.
Baits, Repellents, And Getting Rid of Ants in the Kitchen
Inspect your kitchen for any small holes or crevices. Caulk these areas so that ants won’t be able to enter and remember that they can use any small area to come into your home. Make sure any moisture issues in your home are also corrected. This is because carpenter ants are attracted to areas like this and not getting rid of this problem could cause a future infestation.
There are many repellent sprays that could repel ants from your kitchen. When you decide to use them, plan for exactly where you will spray them and make sure you do not put your baits in the same areas in which you will spray repellents. Using a combination method is best, so make sure the ants are still attracted to the bait. If you’re worried about the content of any repellents or baits, you can also try some home remedies. These will benefit you if you have a pet or small child.
You can use natural repellents as well. Items such as bay leaves, peppermint leaves, cloves, cinnamon sticks or coffee grinds help keep ants at bay. You can wrap some of these items in cheese cloth to keep a pet or child from ingesting it. These ingredients can be placed in cracks, under counter, behind small spaces (such as the refrigerator or stove), and in cabinets and drawers where you keep your food. Pouring some cream of tartar in any crevices or small holes will keep ants from entering as well.
Boric acid and sugar/jelly mixtures are also known as one of the best ways to get rid of ants in the kitchen. If there are only adults in your home and you have no pets, you can simply mix the boric acid and sugar in a bowl and then put it under the refrigerator, next to the garbage can, or hidden in a cabinet if that’s where you’ve seen the ants. You can also put some in small corners in the kitchen to attract them to the mixture. When you make your boric acid/sugar mixture make sure it’s 2 parts boric acid to 1 part sugar for maximum effectiveness. Do not use too much. It’s nontoxic in small amounts, but can be dangerous if inhaled in larger amounts.
You can also mix boric acid with jelly. Simply mix 8 ounces of jelly and 2 tablespoons boric acid in a plate or bowl. Place this mixture onto some tape and put this in an area you know they’ll get ahold of. Placing the mixture on a cracker is also a good option.
To make a more pet-friendly or child-friendly bait, you can use an old shoe, cereal or other type of box. Make small pinholes on the box and then place the boric acid-sugar or boric acid-jelly mix into the box and tape it shut. The ants will be able to enter but your pets and/or children won’t have access to the bait. Keep in mind that when you open the box some ants might be dead. Others will leave but they will take the boric acid back to their nest.
If you’ve noticed that there might be a nest inside your walls, you can also drill a small hole into the area in which you suspect the nest is and then place some boric acid inside to keep the ants at bay. All of these tips have been tried and tested to help you get rid of ants in the kitchen. Prevention, inspection, and the application of repellents and bait will help you get rid of ants in ways that are both safe, easy, effective and nontoxic.