An ant infestation in your home is challenging to control once the insects are inside, but making an environment that no longer welcomes them is easy. Here are some steps that will help rid your home of ants.

How to Get Rid of Ants in Your Home

Methods to get rid of ants include barrier sprays indoors at entry points and a perimeter spray outside that helps deter the insects. Setting baits inside and outside provides a double layer of prevention.

If your lawn is infested with ants, mow your grass and then apply an insecticide that covers the entire surface. Here are three easy ways to prevent and get rid of ants in your house.

Clean Your Home

The best way to prevent ants from invading is to remove the food debris that attracts them. Keep the kitchen clean. Frequently sweep and mop your floor. Wipe down counters and the insides of cabinets where you store food.

Make sure lids and seals on food storage containers are tight. Ants can make their way into tiny spaces and you may not notice there’s a problem if they’re feasting on foods at the back of your pantry.

Locate the Source

Pinpointing and removing the ant’s nest helps you stop an infestation. Anthills are usually easy to identify, often located on the pavement or lawn, though some may be harder to find. Once you’ve located the source, whether in or outside your house, you can decide if you’ll be able to handle the problem on your own or if the job might require a professional.

Rid Your Home of Ants with Traps and Bait

If an ant problem persists, there are different types of traps you can use to get rid of ants. The best method for eliminating a colony is to use toxic baits to attract them.

Don’t worry if their numbers increase initially. The ants will eat the bait and take it back to their colonies to share, which effectively kills them at the source. Ants can be picky eaters at certain times of the year, so you may have to try different baits to find the one that works best.

Getting rid of ants isn’t difficult when you’re prepared with the right tools and methods. Keeping kitchen areas clean and using baits will keep an ant problem from getting out of control.

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