Getting rid of ants that have invaded your home….The first thing to say, is that seeing one ant on the floor of your home is not necessarily a reason to panic. This does not always mean that there is a colony of ants living with you; but it could do. The second thing to say is that you should never simply stand on an ant, although it may be tempting to do so. Doing so will not solve the problem, if there is an ant colony somewhere on your premises.
The ants that you see are scout ants; their job is to find food and take it back to the colony. If you simply kill one ant, you are having no real effect on the colony. Here is some useful information about how to deal with ants in your home.
The importance of a clean home
One of the most important things to remember is that keeping your home clean can help to deter ants. If you clear up any food remnants, including even the smallest crumbs, and wash down surfaces, you take away any potential food supply. You should also spray a water and vinegar solution around your pets’ food bowls, to stop ants from eating the food.
Using ant baits
If you do see ants in your home, you should pay attention to the path they take. If they are heading to locations in your home, there is a good chance that there is an ant colony living there. You should use ant baits to get rid of the colony. It helps to know what type of any you are dealing with, or at least what type of food they are attracted to.
The ants may prefer sweet items, or greasy ones, for example. You should invest in baits that reflect this preference. Lay the baits at various points along the paths that the ants take. You should be prepared for a temporary increase in ant activity, but eventually the baits should kill off the entire colony, as more of them are taken back and ingested. If you still find that you have a problem, it’s a good idea to try and find the nest.
Finding the nest
An ants nest will normally be located in an area which is damp. Look for places in your home where there may be an undetected leak or where water may be getting in from outside. Once you have located the nest, you need to spray it thoroughly, with a recognised insecticide. If you have problems finding the nest, speak to experts in pest and termite control, and get some help.
Once you have made sure that the ants are eliminated from your home, you should make sure that any plumbing issues are dealt with, and that potential access points are sealed and sprayed with insecticide. This should help to stop the problem from happening again, in the future.