Ants are annoying little creatures that parade around the house carrying loads of food bits. They saunter uncaringly through holes in the wall, windows, and other openings around the house and they usually target the kitchen where food is abundant. Ant extermination may sound complicated but truth is, it is not. All you need is a few basic methods that will get you through your ant dilemma. Nature First Pest
1. Block their entrance. Ants usually get into a single route, notice them parading in a single file? This is because they give off a scent which all other ants follow. This makes it easier for you to trace which way they are coming from. If a hole is present, make sure to cover it up to avoid having a portal of entry for the ants.
2. Destroy their nests. Ants build their nests on the ground either outside the house or the ground underneath it. Scary as the thought may be, it is also possible for the ants to build small, satellite nests even inside the house. Whatever the case is, make sure to locate the nests and destroy them by pouring hot water all over it and spraying them with a potent insecticide afterwards. Serve the ants with chemical ant bait that has a low- level of toxicity to humans but are poisonous to them. Ant baits are preferred for ant extermination as they are made to mimic plant juices that are enticing to their noses. This is meant to lure the ants into taking the poison into their nests. Food bits sprayed with ant bait will be carried into their colony and be feasted upon all other ants and will eventually kill them all including their queen.
3. Use plants. There are certain plants that ants dislike the most. The most common ones are cinnamon, basil, thyme, pepper, peppermint, and garlic. You can use them by placing a few on areas where ants usually infiltrates. Be careful though when you use these plants especially when you place them within children and pets’ reach.
4. Finally, keep the house clean. Ants are enticed to foods and drinks. It will surely invite a handful of ants if there is any food lying around anywhere in the house. To avoid this, make sure to keep food items inside tight containers if they are not to be consumed right away. A good food keeper should be properly sealed and kept in the refrigerator or closed cabinets. If in any case a food or drink is spilled into a surface, make sure to wipe it clean right away with a mild bleach to remove the odor which can attract ants.