Ant Prevention and Extermination
An Ant Infestation can be a serious headache, both inside and outside of your home. Inside your home, ants can make a big mess simply with their numbers, and as long as they have a source of food and water, they will keep coming back. Outside of your home, Ants have the ability to upset the fragile ecosystem of your home and garden, and can kill your plants and eat your crops, especially fire ants.
Here are some things that you can do as a homeowner to prevent Ants from ever becoming a problem on your property.
General Tips on Keeping Ants Out
- Keep all of your food properly stored in sealed containers. If a single scout finds your food, you can end up with hundreds overnight, ruining your pantry.
- Always clean up after yourself when eating, Ants love your leftovers more than you do.
- Before throwing drink and food containers away, wash them out.
- Never let your dishes sit out overnight.
- Vacuum and sweep your kitchen on a regular basis to get rid of errant crumbs and food particles.
- Ants will enter your home through even the tiniest cracks in your house. Search the outside of your home for these cracks and openings and seal them with caulk.
- Trim plants around your home, making sure that they don’t brush up against your exterior.
Steps to Take Outside Your Home to Keep Ants Out
- Make sure windows and doors are tightly sealed shut.
- Use seals or screens to cover vents and drainage lines that lead to the inside of your home.
- Keep your yard neat, clearing thick brush and dead plants which attract ants.
- Make sure that your window and door screens are in good shape.
- Create a space between your home and areas where ants are likely to be attracted. Keep trees, shrubs, and mulch a minimum of a foot away from the side of your home.
- Never store firewood immediately next to your home.
- Fill holes inside trees with cement, because ants and other pests will often build nests and seek shelter in these holes.
Steps to Take Inside Your Home to Prevent Ant Infestation
Keeping Ants Out of Your Kitchen
- Always close your trash can when not using it, and empty it and clean it frequently.
- Ants are often attracted to the area above and below your refrigerator because of the heat that the utility generates and the crumbs that often accumulate there. Keep these areas clean.
- Ants, like roaches, will congregate near areas which provide a water source. Make sure that all leaks are dealt with as soon as possible.
- Ants will also hide in dark spaces around the stove. Keep these areas clean, void of both water and crumbs.
- Keep all food and drink in tightly closed containers.
- Line cabinets, shelves, and drawers and make sure that these areas do not have cracks or holes. Always keep interior linings laid perfectly flat.
Keeping Ants Out of Your Bathroom
- Ants will also hide out in your bathroom. Prevent moisture from gathering in the bathroom by cleaning up the area around the bathtub and behind the toilet. Inspect the bathroom for cracks and seal them with caulk immediately. Limit condensation and get leaks taken care of ASAP.
- Don’t store wet items like toothbrushes and towels in cabinets and drawers. This can attract pests like ants.
Keeping Ants Out of Your Living Room
- Clean out your chairs and other furniture, because food crumbs often accumulate in between cushions and on the floor around and beneath your furniture.
- Never bring firewood into your home without closely inspecting it for ants and other insects.
- Monitor areas near electronics and light sources that generate heat, like televisions cable boxes, because ants will use warm, dark areas like these to hide.
- Inspect dark areas which give ants lots of room to hide, like bookcases and closets. Also occasionally look behind mirrors, molding, and baseboards to make sure that ants aren’t using these avenues to enter or hide in your home.
Getting Rid of Ants
- Eliminate scouts on sight – Ants use solitary scouts to seek out sources of food and water. Kill them before they alert their nest.
- Kill Ant Trails – If you kill a line of ants, future ants will be unlikely to use the same path. Also clean up the area which has attracted the ants.
- Use Ant Bait – Baits like Boric Acid Powder can be highly effective at killing ants in your home. Boric Acid dehydrates the Ants, causing them to die off quickly.
- Create Powder Barriers – If you have an area where you believe ants are traveling in and out, use a barrier such as chalk or baby powder that they will be reluctant to cross.
- Use Fumigation – If you are experiencing a relatively major infestation, you can use a fogger to bomb your house, which can be highly effective at killing ants. This treatment, when used properly, can work for months, but is not recommended for homes with children or others with sensitive immune systems.
Killing an Ant Hill
Ants are an important part of a healthy outdoor environment, but if you are experiencing an ant overload, or simply have an ant hill somewhere that you want to eradicate, here are two options you can perform on your own:
- Boiling Water – Poke holes in the nest and pour boiling water inside. After pouring five or six gallons of boiling water into the nest, you will likely have killed all of the ants inside, including the queen.
- Homemade Ant-Killer – You can also kill ants by pouring a mixture of ethyl alcohol and camphor oil into the nest, which will also kill the ants.
Contact Bedbugs Exterminator Staten Island for Professional Ant Extermination
If you are having a major ant problem inside or outside of your home, or your DIY methods aren’t working out exactly how you planned, Bedbugs Exterminator Staten Island can can eliminate your ant problem and help you control ants inside and outside of your home.
Our Exterminator can comb over your home in order to discover how ants are getting inside, and apply proven treatments which can both kill ants in your home and prevent them from coming back. If you are experiencing an infestation outside of your home of fire ants, one of our Pest Control Professionals can investigate your yard for mounds and signs of fire ant activity and apply treatments when necessary.
If your property is under a specific threat of fire ant invasion, the best course of action is to contact a Professional Exterminator for yearly inspection and service.