Important Tips for Keeping Ants Out

There’s nothing particularly harmful about having ants invade your home, but most people find them quite unpleasant. They like to hang out on the walls and get into food, and it turns into quite a pest. Luckily, being a bit more careful can make them lose interest in your home pretty quickly, and if those tips don’t work, there are a lot of readily available Do it yourself pest control treatments that are sure to get rid of them.

If you’re noticing a few ants, or are afraid you might get them, here are a few things you can do:

Close up your Food

Keep any food in airtight containers, like seal-able bags or tupperware. This way, they can’t smell food, and even if they can, they can’t obtain it, so they have no reason to invade. Also, make sure your floors, tables, and counters are clear of any crumbs or spills – these are the biggest culprits for attracting ants! Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink, either; wash them as soon as you’re finished with them.

Stay Cleanly!

A quick wipe-down of your home’s surfaces can make a world of difference.

Close Up

You might not realize it, but there are often a lot of gaps in windowsills and doorways, not to mention cracks in walls. Ants are tiny and can get through anywhere. Do a routine checkup and make sure your home is sealed; if they can’t get in, they’ll go somewhere else.

 

And here are some tips for treating ants if you seem to have a problem:

  • There are many scents ants don’t like – vinegar, salt, turmeric powder, paprika, and peppermint are a few. If you create a barrier with one of these items around doors and windows, and wherever you see the ants, they won’t want to come inside.
  • Phantom aerosol and other at-home chemicals are readily available and work wonders for getting rid of ants.