Ants are one of the hardest insects to get out of your home once they are settled in, but they are still very interesting creatures. The queen ant is the most important of an entire colony, and the other ants within that colony cannot live more than a few months after her demise. She can have millions of ants in her life, so be sure that there is not a colony beginning anywhere in your basement, garage, or any other place that is located in or very close to the openings of your residence.
There are many different types of ants. And, if you don’t know exactly what kind your home has recently acquired, your pest control professional can identify what species they are. Carpenter Ants are the type that actually build their nests within pieces of wood, so they can do much damage to your home if not caught early on. Pavement Ants are a social species who are not really afraid of people, so check your door steps and driveways for them. Odorous House Ants are also very hazardous to homes and apartments, being that this species normally builds their ant beds near or within human residences.
There have been many home remedies to get rid of ants that have been used in years past, some more popular than others. For example, one is when you take about two tablespoons of dishwashing liquid and mix it with a pint of water. Then, get a refillable spray bottle and pour the mixture into it. You can spray it wherever you frequently see the ants in your home, or shoot it directly onto them when they are in sight. This method can potentially get rid of about half of the ants in your home if you stick to a regular routine doing it.
You could also use what is called diatomaceous earth in and around your house. You can buy it at most department stores, and it is very effective against ants. All you do is line it around cabinets, room corners, and other openings, and it’ll do two things. Firstly, when the ants walk over it and maybe try to eat it, the substance will dry their bodies out and they will die in a short while. The substance itself also will dry out, meaning that you would have now formed a thick barrier between the outside and inside of that particular opening.
One of the most popular home remedies for ants is the use of apple cider vinegar. Just as with the dishwashing liquid, you would put a mix of the vinegar into a spray bottle with water (this time you can use a half and half mixture). You can spray this onto ants directly when you see them, or saturate the area where they are normally spotted. Then, come back a couple of hours later to clean up the dead ants off your floor, countertop, or other surface.
The smell of the vinegar also eliminates the smell of ants’ tracks, meaning if you can find the line they are marching in and the opening from the outside that the line of ants is coming from, you should spray the entire line itself. This way, the ants outside who have not made it indoors yet will not be able to pick up the scent of the ants in front of them, meaning they won’t easily find the opening that is their entrance to your home. Apple cider vinegar is also great to use if you notice a huge ant bed forming near your porch or garage, and need to get rid of lots of the insects at one time. Simply pour it onto the ant bed, and you’ll greatly eliminate the chances of them entering your residence.
All of that being said, if you have a major infestation problem that you have used home remedies against, but just can’t seem to get rid of those pesky ants, then you should call a professional pest technician to do the job. The ants may be embedded into the wooden places in your home where you cannot get to them, for example. This could ultimately render damage to the residence that sometimes your home insurance policy will not cover.