Ant is a pretty common insect and seen almost in all households. But ants in a smaller number and ants in an army is a different thing; well the number of ants actually makes a huge difference! Although ants are pretty friendly to nature, they kill real pests that actually cause harm to your crops and trees, or maybe carry diseases or maybe even harmful to you. What makes the ants invade your house is food. Yes, they smell food and the desire to have it brings them inside your home. So what actually needs to be done is being careful with the storage of food and putting up effective barriers that actually stop the ants from getting into your home. If you don’t want to see ants in your home, you need to take certain steps.
Stop ants from getting into your home
First of all, ants should not have a way to enter your home. If they find your home as an easier target to enter, then why would they go try somewhere else there they will have to work hard? To really get rid of ants, you need to focus primarily and mostly on the deterrence of ants.
- Put up barriers around your home. It’s nothing like electrified fence, just find out cracks or holes that can make the ants pass through. Sometimes these are easy to find as they are clearly visible, and sometimes it might take you do to a little research and carefully observe ant trail to follow which way they are taking to enter your home.
- Use caulk to seal the cracks or ant doorways you find. Doing so will also help you in maintaining the room temperature in a better and effective way which will result in lower electricity bills. If you have children and pets in your home, then you would be looking for the least risky methods and this is one of them.
- The ants have a funny nature; they can’t cross a line drawn by chalk that contains salt or talc. If you ever see a trail of ants, just draw a line with tailor’s chalk within the line and have fun! You can use this method to keep your house ant free. Make sure that the chalk you are going to use contains chalk or talc and then apply nearby the doors and windows. Wear a mask while doing so that you don’t breathe in the chalk dust.
- Cinnamon, black pepper, cayenne pepper, whole cloves etc. have smells that ants don’t like. You can put these in ant trails to distract them away. But these might be harmful to pets or children.
Killing ants should be the second option
If you are done trying out the first options and there’s no use, then you might try killing them. But remember, killing ants would have an adverse effect in nature as it is related to natural balance. However, if you really have to kill make sure you are taking the least harmful way and slowly it gets to the most harmful one.
Doing everything the right way should be enough to get rid of the ants.