When your home has become a haven for ants, there are things that can be done to get rid of them. Most home remedies will only work for a while, only to have the ant problem return. The best solution for getting rid of ants is to call a professional. Most people would prefer natural methods as opposed to using harsh chemicals. When using natural products it is important to treat all areas of the home and not just where you may see the ants coming in.
Once you have decided to hire a professional it is a good idea to ask others that have had ant problems which company they would recommend. This can help you avoid hiring the wrong company and may save you money. It is also good to do a little research on your own to see if there have been any complaints about the company before you hire them. Making sure of what type of pest control that you want is very important. You must let the company know if you prefer a natural method of pest control, and also, if there are young children living in the home you must find out what type of products are going to be used. The products could possibly contain chemicals that may pose a health risk.
There are natural ant traps that can be used by combining one teaspoon of borax to three teaspoons of sugar.When dispersed, the ants will bring this solution to their queen. Once they get used to the taste, you will need to increase the solution to an even ratio. Borax is a natural mineral of finely ground powder that has sharp edges which will wear down the ant’s skeleton. You can also use cornstarch and a vacuum cleaner. You will need to sprinkle cornstarch on the ground where the ants have been, and using the vacuum to sweep the ants into the bag where they will suffocate and die.
Sprinkling a line of baby powder where the ants are entering the house will stop the ants from getting in. The baby powder will harm their excoskeleton system of the ants. There are also ant baits that can be bought at the store. They have to be used with caution as they are very powerful and may end up killing the ants before they can bring the poison to their queen. The queen lays the eggs and supports the growth of the ant colony. It is most important in ant removal that the queen be eliminated. The ant bait will not contain the ants, it only holds the poison.
When all else fails, the wise thing to do is hire a professional.This is a quicker way of eliminating ants. Sometimes home remedies will only be a waste of time, and the ant problem will still come back. When hiring an exterminator, make sure that they will guarantee their work. In the event the ants return, they will come back and reapply the pest control. It may take a few applications to get the best results. This will ensure that if there are any ants that may have survived the first treatment, they will now have been eliminated.
There are ways to prevent ants from invading your home. Eliminate the problem by making sure that all food is stored properly in sealed containers, making sure that crumbs are cleaned up on counter tops and tables, sweeping crumbs off floors, and not keeping food out on the counters. Fill in cracks around doors,windowsills, and baseboards. When you do see an ant in your kitchen make sure that you get rid of it, as it may be a scout looking for food. It will let the whole colony know where to find food. If you see a nest outside the house, pour boiling water down the opening of the nest. Repeat the process once or twice.