4 Effective Tips To Reduce Ant Problems
I am sure many people can agree that ants are a real pest and can become a big nuisance in your home. However, they always seem to find a way into the home, searching high and low to find a food source.
By following the simple steps below, you can avoid your chances of an ant infestation in your home.
1. Identify Problem Areas
It is important to know where the ants are colonising and nesting in order to tackle the issue. The main culprit of ant infestations is usually the kitchen as it is full of food and water. Bathrooms, bedrooms, basements and in/around air conditioning and heating units also attract ants.
By identifying the problem areas, you can then target treat these areas with insecticide or bait, or implement preventative measures such as cleaning the kitchen to avoid ants colonising.
2. Eliminate Food and Water Sources
Keeping your kitchen tidy and clearing table tops of any crumbs can discourage ants from coming inside your home. It is important to sweep floors, wipe down counters of residue and spills, and store food in sealed containers to avoid attracting ants.
Pet bowls for cats and dogs should also be cleared from spillages and store dry food in airtight containers rather than plastic or paper bags they come in.
Use a lid on rubbish bins and keep garbage bins as far away from the home as possible.
3. Block off Access Points
Ants can find thousands of entrances into your residence due to their size. To find these hidden entrances, follow the trail of ants to see where they are entering. Seal any holes with putty, silicone caulk or plaster to avoid more ants re-entering your property.
4. Try Using DIY Ant Deterrents
There are a number of home remedies that deter ants from entering your home. It is believed ants can’t stand the smell of cinnamon!
Placing highly concentrated cinnamon oil where ants are entering your home is said to repel and exterminate ants, according to a study in the International Journal of Scientific Research Publications.
A mixture of vinegar and water is also said to be an effective natural treatment by spraying in common hotspots and areas where food is kept.