If there’s one thing all homeowners absolutely cannot stand, it’s unwanted visitors. This is especially the case when the uninvited guests happen to be a colony of ants marching their way into your home looking for food to take back to their nest. But we can help with DIY ant control, and we made it easy.
While ants are a common issue during warmer months, ant infestations can be a problem any time of the year. When you encounter them in the home, it can be a startling discovery to see them appearing in droves, following a trail through every nook and cranny of your home for their next meal. Excessive moisture, or the lack of moisture, cooling temperatures can have them moving inside your home and wall voids.
Just doing a Google search on “DIY ant control” and you will find a giant assortment of articles and tutorials of people claiming they know the answer to get rid of the army of ants. They often swear by using home remedies like cinnamon, essential oils, lemons and baby powder to keep ants away. Unfortunately, for every effective solution, there are usually 10 terrible ideas.
That is why it’s important to get the right information from a reliable source that is experienced with controlling ants like we are. Our ant control products were formulated to not only guarantee a dead colony of ants, but are simple enough for the average homeowner to use without worry. Our product line for ant control are ready to use solutions that can be found online and in stores.
However, before you get into controlling the issue with ant control products you must first do a little bit of homework on ants to better understand why they are their and how to approach getting rid of them.
Questions To Ask Before Carrying Out Ant Control
Why are the ants in my home?
Ants don’t just venture into your home for kicks and giggles, they have an objective in mind: food and water. In other words, if you are seeing a line of ants marching around indoors, it’s because they’ve located a food or water source that they can take back to their colony for the whole gang to enjoy.
Some items that push ants to explore in your home are food crumbs and spills which haven’t been cleaned up, garbage that hasn’t been taken out, or water/moisture that hasn’t been dried up. Usually, finding this source and either disposing of it or sealing it up properly can discourage the ants from trespassing into your home.
What is the species of the ant infestation?
Usually the average homeowner doesn’t have a clue which ant species is infesting their home, they just know they have ants and they gotta go! However, knowing the ant species is very important because different ant types have different tendencies, diets and habits so having knowledge of the ant type works in your favor when you’re looking to carry out an ant control program.
Some ants are very distinctive like the large carpenter ant or little black ants. Others may be harder to decipher. If you see an ant, we recommend taking a closeup picture of the invader and comparing it to images you find online or even better–sending the image to a local university extension service who may have an entomologist on hand who can properly ID the pest for you and offer control suggestions.
Where are the ants frequenting?
This can be an easy question to answer but also very crucial. They typically ant infestation is often in the area where they find food or moisture since that is what they need to survive. So this means that you’ll often find ants either in the kitchen or your bathroom. If you find them in another room, they may be a food source there left behind or they are passing through that room to get to the kitchen or bathroom.
Knowing where the ants are gathering can also help you in finding out if you have any gaps or openings that the ants are using to sneak into your home and take measures to seal those entry points to make it tougher for ants or any other insect to find their way indoors.
Ant Baiting: The Best Option For Indoor Ant Control
People are often discouraged from conducting DIY ant control because the first thing they might think of is spraying potentially harmful chemical ant repellent all over the home which may not sound like a good idea if you have pets or children.
Thankfully, the best method of getting rid of ants indoors does not involve any chemicals whatsoever. Ant baits like the ones we sell don’t have a disturbing odor and can be placed in little dots in the areas where ants have frequented and will work effectively in taking out an entire colony via a powerful domino effect.
Baiting is also better than spraying chemicals because it eliminate the ants you don’t see. A bait containing attractive ingredients will make ants unable to resist eating the bait and taking portions of it back to their nest to share among the group. As they transport the slow-killing bait to their nest, one by one they will all start to die out and kill the reproductive queen thus eliminating the entire colony.
Where To Place The Ant Bait
Where you place the ant bait is vital to the success of the ant bait product. Baits should be placed in small dots along ant trails where you have seen them traveling. Usually this may be on edges along baseboards or in a corner along that baseboard.
Ants love moist areas so if you have observed them in the kitchen or bathroom sink area, you should place bait there. Behind the sink, at the base of toilets or around the tub are a few common spots to focus in on.
Aside from moisture-rich areas, ants like areas with heat. You may discover ants near electrical boxes, around the water heater etc. Placing bait here would also be wise.
Ant Baiting Takes Time to Work
The key to using indoor ant bait is patience. You have to set the bait out and then let nature take its course without interfering. At first you may be alarmed by an uptick in ant presence as a large number of ants will come out and follow a trail to the bait. Resist the urge to stomp them or pull out a spray to kill them. Let them do their thing!
You want the whole colony to die, not just the few you see. Ant colonies which are on the larger side may take up to 2 weeks to totally eliminate, but smaller infestations can usually be wiped out within 24 to 48 hours.
Outdoor Ant Control
Baiting indoors is not the cure-all for your ant problems since they had to come from the outside. Likely the ants have a nest set up outdoors in your yard, under the ground or some other hidden spot. This is why aside from indoor baiting, you will want to use an ant killing insecticide as a perimeter spray around your home to keep them out.
Use our ant killing spray to treat window sills, doorways, exhaust vents and along gutters and exterior walls. Not only will our ant killing insecticide kill ants who come into contact with the chemical but they also have a great lasting residual that will keep killing ants long after application.
What would be even better is if you find the ant nest or mound and spray the insecticide to the nest directly to kill the colony inside as well as the queen. These nests could usually be found by observing an active ant trail and following the trail back to the colony. This may take some time but it would be worth the investment.
Preventing an Ant Reinfestation
You may be successful in using our products to get rid of an ant infestation, but don’t pat yourself on the back just yet. Ants could make a comeback in your home if you don’t implement the proper precautions.
- Practice Ant Exclusion – Use caulk or a pest control foam to seal any gaps, cracks and crevices which ants can use as a point of entry into your home. While you may not be able to seal up every possible gap, this overall makes it tougher for ants to find their way in.
- Keep a Sanitation Schedule – Keeping your home clean makes your home unappealing to ants because there is no food or water for them to forage for. Take your trash out routinely, wipe up grease spills and food crumbs and keep your sinks dry. Using cleaning products also wipes away the pheromones ants leave behind to summon ants to form a trail to a food source.
- Treat With Products Quarterly – To keep ants from being a year-round headache, use our products as a preventative treatment.
By carrying out these easy to follow directions and using our superior ant control products, ants will no longer be an unwanted guest in your home. Best of all, you will have done it without having to call an exterminator! Order our ant control products today and get started with protecting your home from an ant invasion.