Get Rid of an Ant Infestation Quickly
Ants are one of the main insect issues people have to deal with. Whenever we turn around, we see ants. Indoors, outdoors, in the kitchen, bathroom, on walls, tables, anywhere they can crawl up or around to, we find them. Most of them are harmless, just searching for the one thing we all need to survive, water. But this does not mean we want to have them as a guest in our home. Once they do find that source of water, they then move on to the living conditions of their new home. So, now, how do you get rid of an ant infestation?
What Attracts Ants to Your home?
Ants are not shy creatures. They are not nocturnal insects like roaches or moths. They will appear at any time of day. They come at you in singles, groups, or swarms. They will be nowhere one day and everywhere the next, then gone again the following day. However, ants do have their particulars, they all have certain conditions that attract them more than others.
Water leaks. That steady drip under the sink may be of no concern to you, but it is a magnet, not only to ants but to many other insects, even rodents are attracted to these minor issues. Why? All living creatures need one thing, water. And they will find it wherever it can be found, from a cistern to a drip pan under that slow leak.
Unclean conditions. This can range from a sink filled with dirty dishes, a full trash can, an unwiped counter, dirty laundry, and other unsanitary conditions. Another thing to consider is tiny sticky fingers. Children, even adults, can leave traces of food or sweet stuff behind. When not cleaned up properly, this can lead to an ant issue. The same goes for a missed area from a spill that does not get cleaned up completely.
Pet problems. Pets can pose a different problem in that they require additional tending. Feeding bowls are the biggest problem areas that can entice ants into a home. It’s an open smorgasbord of food and an ever-present source of water. Even feeding areas that are kept outdoors, but near the home can be a nuisance and introduce ants into the house.
House plants. Plants are another item that provides a good source of water for ants. The soil in potted plants can also attract ants. Soil provides an outdoor type of setting for them indoors and gives them the opportunity to find areas to nest.
Just because. You can have the cleanest house and follow all necessary precautions, but sometimes you will just see ants around the house, just because they are ants. As mentioned, they are in search of water. Especially during dry stretches when there has been little rain, they will venture indoors in search of life’s necessity.
What Types of Ants Will Infest Your Home?
There are many ant intruders that will find your home inviting and decide to stick around. When you get them, it is good to be able to identify which one you have, because while ants behave the same, some can be a bit more aggressive than others.
Sugar Ants – Sugar Ants can be between 1/16th” to 1/8th” long, dark brown to black in color, and all have short antennae. I say all because Sugar Ants are the name given to a wide variety of ants. Pharaoh Ants, Carpenter Ants, and Pavement Ants are all considered Sugar Ants. They love moisture-rich locations, like under sinks and water damaged areas. They do bite, and it may burn a bit, but is relatively harmless.
Carpenter Ants – Just as their name implies, they like making homes within wood. They don’t really bore through solid wood; they prefer wood that has water damaged or is softened by other types of damage. They are 1/4” to 1/2” long and are black. They also bite and secrete an acidic solution that causes a burning sensation, but like most ant bites, it is harmless.
Black Ants – Black Ants are also known as Tiny Black Ants. Generally, no more than 1/16th” long and are also black. They can nest in walls and wood rot. They don’t bite but do have a stinger. However, due to their size, it cannot puncture human skin.
Fire Ants – Fire Ants are the most aggressive of the ants. At 1/8” to 1/4” a bright red, they are the most feared. They generally do not make it into the home but can be found outside and close to the home. Their bite, which is actually a sting, can be very painful and cause a welt. Those that are sensitive to bites and stings can have an allergic reaction.
Most ants are not that aggressive and won’t deliberately attack. Fire ants will only attack when their nest is disturbed. Their nests will remain outdoors, which should be a relief, as will most other ants. When an ant chooses to build a nest indoors, it will usually be a secondary nest, but these still will involve an infestation of your home.
Steps to Take to Deal with Ants in Your Home
To help you get rid of an ant infestation in your home, or to assist you in preventing one from occurring, follow these steps.
1.Get rid of the active ants. You can’t do much while you have an active scene. You need to get rid of the ants you have. But you don’t want to spray the area with a smelly toxic chemical. To properly get rid of ants, you need to call on the bug experts. Dr. Killigan’s has a spray that will dispose of the ants you have now, so you can effectively get the area clean. Dr. Killigan’s Six Feet Under™ Non-Toxic Insect Spray is a non-toxic ant spray that is designed to dispose of ants quickly and smells good doing it.
2. Get rid of the source. Your next step is to find out why ants have made your home their home. Is it a leak, a cleanliness issue, a pet feeding area, your plants, or has it been dry lately? Once you discover the why, resolve the issue. Clean, change your habits, or fix what needs fixing.
3. Find where they are coming into your home. Are they coming through cracks, damaged siding, windowsills, or gaps in piping? Do what you can to seal outdoor and inside cracks, fix damage to siding or drywall, or mend window and door screens. Keep in mind how tiny ants are, even the smallest of gaps they can shimmy their way through.
4. Clean up thoroughly. Nothing is better than a clean slate. Once you have rid your home of the source and sealed up their entry point, give the areas where you have seen their activity a serious cleaning. This may require some extra work on your part, especially if the ants were seen in cabinets. It may require you to empty cabinets, wash dishes, throw out products, wipe down the innards of drawers, and back walls of rooms. The more detailed work you do, the fewer opportunities you leave for ants to return.
5. Use a good spray for maintenance. Once you have your area ready to introduce normal living back into it, be ready. This requires having the right product on hand for whatever may return. You again don’t want a dangerous chemical to cloud your home to get rid of an ant infestation. This is another opportunity for Dr. Killigan’s Six Feet Under™.
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