How to Reclaim Your House from Ants

Pests – whether this word makes you think about mosquitoes, lizards, ants, cockroaches, fruit flies, or something else – the fact remains that they are a menace that makes our lives more difficult.

Ants are harmless? Not really

As you might have noticed, the kitchen is the favorite nesting and breeding space of ants. And why not? After all, they get their daily diet in the form of leftover crumbs, spillage, kitchen trash etc. most easily in this very room. You might feel upset seeing ants in your kitchen, but the fact is that there are easy ways to get rid of mild pest infestation.

Prevention is better than cure

Pests like ants come to your kitchen in search of food. All you have to do is ensure that they don’t get what they’re looking for. If they don’t find food lying around, they will not visit the place. The best way to do this is to keep your kitchen free of any crumbs or spills. Always keep your dishwasher or sink clean. Do not keep unwashed utensils overnight. Also, make sure you thoroughly clean up your cutting board and kitchen-counter with diluted vinegar or soap water and wipe it dry. Make it a point to keep your toaster, microwave, mixer, and juicer etc. clean.

Placement of kitchen trash

It is important to keep your trash can in the corner. Trash is the best place for ants to get food without much trouble. So try to keep your trash covered and sealed to deny ants easy access to food. Also keeping your trash at one end of the kitchen will hopefully ensure that they do not roam across the kitchen looking for food.

Seal the gaps

Small gaps in your house furniture, electrical lines, plumbing, and pipes are the perfect places for ants to enter your house. Make sure you seal these tiny gaps with expanding foam or caulk the gaps.

Using vinegar and onions

Vinegar is very effective in controlling the movement of ants. Whenever ants move, they leave behind a scented trail for other ants to follow, thus you often see ants moving in a line. Diluted vinegar can be sprayed on the path of the ants, preventing more ants from entering your house.  Then it would be easy to get rid of the existing ants in your house.

Also, you can use onions to keep spiders at bay. Put some sliced onions in a bowl of water and place this bowl at places the spiders frequent. Onion water will keep them away.

All these methods are easy to implement by anyone and do not need any special expertise. But if all these methods fail to prevent a pest attack on your dwelling, call our professional Alabama pest control experts to get rid of the pests troubling you.