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5 easy ways to manage ant control at home

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By  Pest Free

When it comes to pesky pests, size doesn’t always matter. 

This is certainly the case when it comes to armies of ants. Sure they are tiny, but they can be a massive pain-in-the-neck if they decide to set up camp in your home. 

Luckily, there are a few safe and natural ways to manage ant control at home that will get the job done and won’t cost an arm and leg. 

This blog will teach you some quick and easy ways to deal with an infestation and how to ensure you are actively preventing ants entering your home. 

Hopefully you find the ant-swers you’re after!

How do I know if I have an ant problem inside my home?

Food is obviously a high priority for ants, so the first thing to do is check the pantry, cupboards and any areas where pet food is kept. An army of ants will track down unsealed food in a flash, so keep your shelves spotless and make sure you do a regular tidy up and pull everything out for a thorough check. 

Like most insects, ants are social creatures. They tend to live in large colonies and operate as one big family. 

So if you see one or two ants out in the open scurrying across the kitchen bench, they probably aren’t lost. It’s more likely that they are returning back to the colony. Let them go and see where they gravitate toward to help identify where the rest of the ants are living. 

 
Spotting ant nests and trails outside your home 

Check around any entrances to your home for evidence of an ant nest. Small piles of dirt or soil are a surefire sign that ants are nesting. Check tiles, pavers, steps and footpaths for evidence. 

The other thing you may notice is ants following a seemingly invisible trail, almost in single file. This is actually a trail of pheromones secreted by other ants as a guiding mechanism to lead the colony to a new nest or food source which is most likely somewhere inside your home! 

How to get rid of ants in your home

If you have identified an outburst of ant activity in your home, it’s best to deal with it immediately. 

Before you get carried away and launch a chemical pest control assault on every square metre of your home, why not try a few of these environmentally friendly treatments instead? 

A Borax and sugar mixture

Borax is a naturally occurring mineral substance that works a treat as a stain remover and laundry powder. The good news is it’s also a super effective ant remedy. 

  • Mix a teaspoon of Borax powder with 3 teaspoons of icing sugar. 
  • Divide the mixture into a couple of small dishes or bottle lids
  • Place in areas where you have recently observed ant activity
  • Although it may feel counterintuitive, allow the ants to feed on the bait and return to their nest
  • They will spread the mixture back among the rest of the colony, wiping them out

A vinegar spray

You have probably noticed that ants are most attracted to anything sugary and sweet. Obviously, keeping open food containers well sealed in Tupperware is a good way to prevent ants from their favourite feast. 

One household item which will work wonders as an ant repellent is white vinegar. Spray or wipe along all of your skirting boards, and around the base of cupboards and other ant prone areas.

Tea tree and peppermint oil

Essential oils can also be a powerful and safe weapon for the home. Mix 15-20 drops in with 250ml of water and shake well in a spray bottle. Spray liberally on any problem areas you have noticed. Essential oil solutions can also be used as a water source trap for household ants. 

Even though they are tiny, ants still need a water source to survive. Soak up the tea tree/peppermint oil solution with some cotton balls and place them in an area known for being an ant thoroughfare. 

Nobody wants to share their home with a relentless army of ants. Try out some of these safe and environmentally friendly tips for ant control and ditch the chemicals at the same time. 

Check out the Pest Free range of environmentally friendly pest control products and keep your home and family safe all year round.

 

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