Having ants in your home can be frustrating as they can get into everything. There may be times when you have hundreds of them in your home. Fortunately, there are things you can do to take care of this situation, two of which are listed below.
Kill the Ants
There are many ways you can kill ants in your home. One of the best ways is to purchase poison. There is a type of poison that is made of a thick gel. You can purchase the kit that comes with the poison and a card to squeeze the gel on. You can also use any type of cardboard card at home.
Place the cards with the poison wherever you see ants. They are attracted to the smell and love the taste of the poison. If you watch, you will see hundreds of them eating the poison at the same time. They will also take the poison back to their nest to kill the rest of the ants. You may have to do this a few times so purchase enough poison. Eventually, you will kill all the ants in this way. Because this is poison, make sure it is away from your pets and children.
Once the ants are all dead, you need to determine how they are getting in. Because these insects are so tiny, even a small crack is enough to give them access to your home. Walk around your home and look for cracks and seal all of them. This also includes the foundation outside, as well as cracks around doors and windows. If you use caulking, check it often as it will degrade and will need to be replaced.
Ants are drawn to food, so keep your kitchen counters wiped down. Sweep kitchen floors to remove crumbs. Clean out both outside and inside trashcans and do not leave pet food in bowls after pets are finished eating. Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink.
You should also store loose food in an airtight container with a tight lid. Put vegetables and fruits in the refrigerator. If ants cannot find food to eat inside your home, they will likely move somewhere else. Watch the ants, and if you see them trailing each other, you need to clean up this area. They leave a scent on the trail so that other ants will know where to follow. You can use any type of cleaner to do this.
If you continue to see ants in your home, you may have many more than you think. You can contact a residential pest control company to take care of the problem for you.