Ants, they are tiny small creatures, they are the most commonly found pests in the house. They enter through very small cracks and crevices and infest the homes. Fortunately, many methods are available to prevent ants from entering your house and keeping your home ant-free.
Keep Everything Clean
The easiest and simplest way to keep ants at bay is to keep everything clean. The ants enter houses, searching for food and water sources. Leaving your kitchen dirty, food open, floors uncleaned makes it very easy for ants to find food and water and provides them with the perfect place to infest.
So, to prevent an ant infestation, keep the food sealed in containers, floors clean and ensure there is no leakage or drainage. Clean up your dirty dishes and sweep and vacuum your house regularly and wipe down all surfaces and food containers to ensure no sweet or sticky substance is left spilled anywhere. Thus, keeping everything clean, you can prevent an ant infestation.
Use Spray Pesticides Outside
Apart from keeping everything clean at your home, keeping the areas surrounding your house clean and safe is also important. Check if ants have built an outdoor nest. If yes, spray a heavy dose of pesticides that can soak the entire nest and reach the queen.
But be sure that the same colony of ants is infesting your house, as many types of ants are helpful garden creatures and must not be killed. The use of pesticides by a non professional can be harmful and not safe.
Use Ant Baits Indoors
Pesticides can eliminate the ants, but they eliminate only a few visible ants. In fact, you can use these worker ants and place ant killer baits for them to carry back to their nests. Ant baits are edible, sweet, sugary carbohydrates that are mixed with substances toxic to ants.
Whether you use liquid or granular ant baits, make sure to keep them in close proximity to ant trails and out of reach of children and pets. Ensure other surfaces are clean, so the bait is the only sweet substance to attract the ants.
The worker ants will carry the bait inside the nest, but this method may take days in eliminating the colony, especially if the colony is very large.
Seal Entrances and Cracks to Your Home
Start by searching potential entrances for ants in and around your home. Then, seal those entrances or crevices to prevent ants entering your home. Use sealants to seal cracks in windows and doors as well as the foundation of your home. Keep an eye on these cracks and crevices and if they reappear, reseal them.
Store Food in Sealed Containers
Storing food in sealed and air-tight containers ensures ants do not get access to any food source. This method will also help to keep other pests at bay.
Though all these methods are excellent DIYs to prevent ants from entering your house but it is better to hire the help of a professional pest control company to ensure you safely get rid of ants and the ants do not infest your house.