How can you get rid of ants in the house? Like many pests, ants swarm inside once they have found a good source of food. They usually move indoors in search of better conditions, humidity, food, shelter, favorable temperatures and shelter. The word is quickly spreading around the ant colony, and soon you may have a small army following the scent trail in your home. However, since cooking is a food preparation area, you will likely be reluctant to use pesticides or sprays to get rid of ants for fear of contaminating your food. By taking practical steps to eliminate the ants, and then making sure to avoid a new infestation, you can quickly take control of the problem.
The next question is how to get rid of ants quickly and effectively. Because the ants return to the colony, you can use their movement to deploy poison to kill the ants in the colony.
Fortunately, there are many ways for homeowners to proactively prevent and get rid of ants infestations:
- First, install a pre-bait to attract large numbers of ants. Remember, the more ants that bring poison back to the nest, the more ants you can eliminate. So don't worry if you notice a sudden increase in the number of ants in your kitchen. They are attracted to the pre-bait and it is part of your strategy.
- The pre-bait can be a plate of sweet and sticky foods (like honey or syrup) or fried foods (like fries or fried meat). Experiment to see which pre-bait attracts the most ants. Remember that different baits are more effective at different times of the year.
- Once you've found an effective pre-bait, you can set up your poison bait. It can be solid or liquid bait. Again, observe and experiment to find the solution that works best for you. Also make sure the ants only take the bait. Do not leave them with other easily accessible food sources.
- The bait may take a few days or even a few weeks for the bait to completely eliminate the nest, including cocoons, larvae and eggs. If you find that ants are still swarming after a few weeks, however, it's time to consider using a different bait. Or call in pest control specialists.
- If you are reluctant to use toxic bait, you can create a soapy solution to kill ants. Simply mix a cap of liquid soap (or molten soap shavings) with water in a spray bottle and spray the solution on the swarming ants. Once the ants die, keep them away.
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