Let’s be honest, ants are an all too common household pest than many of us encounter at some point or another. With that being said, applying the best tips and treatments for ants depends on the specific type of ant infestation. There are two types of ant problems that you can face, one where your ants live outside but forage inside, and the other, where ants have a nest inside of your home. Luckily we live in the 21st century, so you can identify and inspect the type of ants disturbing the peace of your home using a magnifying glass and a little help from the internet. Along with this, we’ve created a list of some tips to help treat and/or prevent ants both inside your home and out.
If Ants are Living Outside
The sole reason these types of ants travel inside your home is to look for food. In fact, only some ant species reside or nest inside of people’s homes. Using caulk to seal cracks and crevices will seal the passageways into your home. This method will also prevent other pests from entering your home. However, ants are quite industrious! You may not be able to successfully close up their entry points, but will notice some improvements.
Use detergents to clean around entry points to remove chemical trail pheromone, and then spray a non-repellent residual insecticide around the perimeter and entry points.
If Ants are Inside Your Home
Ants want a reliable food source, but they don’t stop there… they also want to build their colony as close as possible to that said food source. Furthermore, indoor colonization is not restricted by seasons; it happens all year round especially in warm climates. Pavement ants, Thief ants, Carpenter ants and pharaoh ants prefer to build their colony inside the home, and such ants infest food products.
The best treatment for ants inside of your home will be ant baits. This is something that is safe to use around children and pets, and is highly effective. Ant baits come in the form of granules, gels, and stations. The active ingredient in ant baits may be protein, grease, and/or sugar. They’re made this way in order to attract a variety of ant species and target their…