Although ants can be active all year, spring is when they are the most active and are especially visible in homes and yards. Ants are mostly nuisance pests, but some species can cause painful stings or can even damage the structure of homes. Whether you are worried about serious ant problems or just annoyed by the constant lines of marching ants, there are many things you can do to prevent them.
Seal the Exterior
One preventive measure that you will hear time and time again for nearly any pest is to seal the exterior of your home. Performing a thorough inspection and then fixing problem areas is relatively simple, but it can make a huge difference. Seal any holes, cracks, or crevices that you find with silicone caulk. If you find larger gaps, fill them with steel wool or copper mesh, and then fill the area with spray foam. Pay special attention to areas where pipes or electrical wiring enters the home. Next, check your doors and windows. Ensure that doors and windows have weatherstripping that is intact and creates a tight seal. It is also important to have screens in your windows. If the screens are torn or have holes, repair or replace them. Ants can fit through very small spaces, so do your best to seal as much of the exterior as possible.
Keep Your Home Clean
Ants invade homes in search of food for the colony. If your home is filled with crumbs, the ants will want to return again and again. Cleaning your home can help to reduce the ants. Sweep, mop, and vacuum regularly to pick up small food particles. In addition, wipe down counters and tables, and wash the dishes as soon as possible. It is also crucial to properly store your food. Don’t leave food out on the counter. Instead, place food in the refrigerator or in sealed containers. All this being said, even very clean homes can have ants, so don’t get discouraged if you still find yourself with an ant problem. Keep up the cleaning and try combining it with another of these approaches.
Create a Barrier Using Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth (DE) is the remains of fossilized aquatic animals called diatoms. When crushed up into a powder, DE has microscopic sharp edges that are safe for humans and pets but deadly for insects. The sharp edges will cut the outside of the ants and cause them to dehydrate and die. Spreading a thin layer of diatomaceous earth around the exterior of your home can help with ant control. DE can also be used indoors in areas that won’t be disturbed. Breathing diatomaceous earth can be bad for the lungs, so always be cautious about how and where it is applied.
Use Natural Ingredients to Repel Ants
Many things that you probably have in your kitchen can work to keep ants away. These products include salt, vinegar, peppermint oil, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. By spreading or spraying these things around the perimeter of your rooms, you can create barriers that ants will not want to cross. You can also feel confident using them because they will not harm pets or children.
Empty Rubbish Bins Regularly
Since ants are mostly in search of food, rubbish bins are often problematic. Take them out regularly, and ensure that all of your rubbish bins have tight fitting lids.
Keep Windows Shut
Many people don’t think about windows when dealing with ants. They forget that during the spring, and potentially other times during the year, some ants take flight in search of a mate. These winged ants can find their way in through your windows. If you don’t have screens, make sure that the window remains closed to prevent them from coming in.
Clean Up Outdoor Debris
Keeping your yard clean and tidy can also be helpful in preventing ants. Clean up leaves, fallen fruits, rotting vegetables, and other debris that clutters up your yard. These things provide shelter, food, and cover for a variety of pests and should be removed as soon as possible.
Hire Professional Pest Exterminators
Another great way to prevent ants is to keep up with your regularly scheduled pest control treatments or hire someone to start them. Pest exterminators can spray a residual insecticide around the outside of your home that can keep pests out for months at a time. If you already have an ant problem, pest control specialists can help you get it under control quickly.
If you are fighting ants, Radar Pest Control can help you win the war. Our expert technicians will inspect your home and come up with a customized plan to get rid of the ants. For Sunshine Coast ant control, look no further than Radar Pest Control.