Ants – invaders of homes and picnics. This simple guide on how to get rid of ants can help you ensure they don’t become a problem in your home – in just three steps.
Step 1: Don’t Just Get Rid of Ants, Prevent them from Entering
Prevention is the best solution. Besides knowing how to get rid of ants in the home, avoiding the problem of an ant invasion before it’s even happened is your best bet for an ant-free life.
Ants are attracted to food sources, so the prime location to target for prevention is the kitchen. Make the following list part of your routine so you won’t need to know how to get rid of ants in the kitchen (although if you do, try step 3).
- Cover any food you don’t put in the fridge
- Always wash up dishes the same day. You could try recruiting your partner or children for washing-up duty (even if they’re not-so-willing volunteers)
- Take the rubbish out daily
- Wipe away any excess water from work surfaces as ants look to stay near water sources
- Regularly sweep or hoover your floors, especially in the kitchen and under the dining room table.
Step 2: Getting Rid of Ants through Observation
If you do still find that ants have managed to muscle their way into your home, don’t fear. Observation is crucial for getting rid of ants. Start with the following:
- Try to pinpoint where they enter your home. It may be through a window, door or crack in the wall. A magnifying glass can be useful here to track the small creatures
- This can be time consuming work. Most people don’t have time to wait around watching ants, and who really wants to? However, it will be worth it. Speed the process up by leaving a sweet item out as bait
- Once you have found their trail, follow the worker ants to their nest
- Now you have located the home of the insects, you can get rid of the ants by eliminating the root of the problem
- Use a blender to mix several pieces of orange peel with around 120 ml of warm water. Pour this mixture on top of the ant nest.