ants swarm on watermelon at picnic

How to get ants
out of your life

They Are Everywhere

You see ants everywhere,inside and outside. But then suddenly, when an ant was the last thing on your mind, an ant goes parading or flying across in front of you. It is heading for that plate of food you just set down for a minute. Ants and flying ants just seem to always show up and give us the jitters.

ants in a moving endless line

And no matter how much you want to never see an ant again, you will. But control is possible and how much control you want is your decision.

How to prevent and remove ants:

  • DO: Remove all the food and water sources that they need (well, as much as you can).
  • DO: When you see ants marching in a line, vacuum them up. Then wash the area with soap and water, or insecticidal soap and water, window cleaning spray. The key is to remove the ant odor trail so that other scouting ants can not follow it.
  • DO: Treat the outside perimeter of your foundation with an insecticide and you will hit a home run in ant prevention. Ants travel long distances for food and water but around your home usually nest just outside in the ground. Insecticides both toxic and organic are available on the internet and some local stores.
  • DO: Outside your home, look for branches, plants, anything that can serve as a bridge for them to get inside. You might be surprised at what they will use for their army to enter your house. So, trim it, pull it, just fix it so they can’t use it any more.
  • DO: Seal as many cracks and crevices as you can with caulk or Vaseline to prevent ants from entering.
  • WARNING: Pay special attention to the food preparation or storage areas and seal cracks where ants can enter and raid your food stuffs.
  • DO: Obtain a spray or liquid insecticide product and use it regularly. However be aware that you cannot buy it in the strengths that a licensed professional can, and the effectiveness of the application will not last as long as a professional treatment. Check in your local phone directory or on internet web sites for professional services and products.
  • TIP:  Other prevention’s reported recently as effective for ants and flying ants include applying mixtures of honey and boric acid, sage and pepper, apple slices, mothballs, a chalk line on the floor, cucumber peels, mixtures with neem oil and orange extracts.
  • Many of these are available in retail ant control products. Ivory soap, Windex, and food grade diatomacious earth, dusting ants with baby powder, vinegar sprayed, cinnamon, bay mint, peppermint oil, cloves, are also found throughout the natural preventive products lists. The lists are long as everyone has their own secret way to tell the ants to begone.
  • Plants on the list include tansy, southern-wood, penny royal, and spearmint. Do these work? We don’t know. But since other people have reported they work, it can’t hurt to try.

ANT BAIT STATIONS:

  • Those little cans have been available everywhere forever, so give them a try. There are other  competing retail versions that use peanut butter as bait in boxes, also effective.
  • Commercial baits both toxic and organic come in all versions, liquid, gel, and powder. Its your call which one is your best solution. All of these are available on the internet or a local store.

ants die in a homemade bait station

REMEMBER:

Ants are looking for food and water. So cleanliness is the primary key to their control.

Deny them food and they will go somewhere else.

They do not move overnight, but in a few days they will be gone…eating at the new fast food restaurant they discovered.

Find professional help.

And if you can not get rid of the them, maybe it is time to call a local professional.