Ants are one of the most common pests that can affect both the interior of your home and your garden. While a small amount of ants usually won't adversely affect your plants, a large number of ants in your garden or any that manage to take up residence within your home can become a problem. Thankfully, there are a number of things that you can do to reduce your ant population and to keep them out of your home in the future.
Removing Ants in the Garden
The quickest way to remove a population of ants from your garden is to destroy the nest or anthill. In order to do this, all you have to do is follow the trail of ants back to their mound, which is most commonly located in a sandy area of your yard or garden. Once you've located the anthill, you have two options: you can make use of a mixture of hot, soapy water poured over the mound to eliminate the ant population, or you can use a commercial chemical pesticide to eliminate the ants and their queen. Chemical pesticides will be more effective but also carry the risk of harming other beneficial insects in your garden.
Removing Ants from Your House
If ants have made it into your house, you'll have to cut down their population. The best way to do this is to sprinkle talcum powder on ants crawling around on your counters and floors, and then vacuum them up. The talcum powder will kill the ants and ensure that they won't be able to crawl out of your vacuum bag. In addition, you can lay down ant traps which will passively kill small numbers of ants over time – just keep in mind that these traps can be a safety hazard for pets and small children.
Preventing Ants from Reentering
In order to keep ants from getting back into your home, you're going to have to make a few changes to the interior of your home. Firstly, you should check all of your baseboards, windows, and doors to ensure that they are properly sealed, and use caulk to block any entrances that may allow ants and other pests to enter your home. Secondly, you'll want to seal up all food sources which may attract ants into your home. This means sealing garbage cans, putting away pet food during the day, and regularly cleaning up crumbs and spills on your table, floors, and counter tops.
Contact a pest control company, like BUG Busters-Do IT Yourself Pest Control, for more information.