What You Can Do about an Ant Infestation
It’s finally fall. The leaves change to spectacular yellows, oranges, and reds. Pumpkins are piled in front of your local grocery store, waiting patiently to be carved into jack-o-lanterns and pumpkin pie. The crisp cold air has changed and ants crawl all over your floor.
If you have an ant infestation, it’s usually best to call a pest control specialist immediately. Even if you feel you can get rid of the ants yourself, calling pest control in Spokane or your local area can help you prepare your home for the cold winter months, when even more pests may try to enter your home. After calling your pest control specialist, try these home remedies to make sure you’ve completely eliminated your ants.
Place adhesive tape sticky-side up around treats on the countertop, or in front of doors. The adhesive catches ants and makes for an easy clean-up. (Pro tip: you can also create protective borders around your home using chalk! Ants are repelled by calcium carbonate in chalk and won’t cross a chalk line.)
Ants and other insects, including roaches and fleas, don’t like the smell of lemons. Wash your counters and floors with a lemon solution. Squirt doors and windows with lemon juice, and scatter a few lemon peels around the outside entrances of your home.
Go to the Source
Some people pour boiling water on an anthill to get to the source of the problem, but a more humane way to send ants packing is by creating a mixture of orange peels and warm water. Pour the solution around the anthill to prevent ants from crossing into your home.
Make a Moat
If ants are climbing onto your tables and toward food, put the legs of the table inside plastic Tupperware containers. Fill the containers with water. Even if ants can scale the rubber Tupperware, they won’t be able to cross the water barrier.
Get Your Fall Spices Ready
Certain spices and herbs are naturally repellant to ants (and delicious to humans). Protect your pantry and cabinets by taping sachets of bay or sage or sticks of cinnamon to the wall or door. These herbs will do more than repel ants—they’ll keep your kitchen smelling delicious. (Pro tip: sprinkle a little cayenne pepper along your baseboards for another useful herbal repellant.)
For a last-case and effective resort, pour equal parts of white vinegar and water into a spray bottle and spray anywhere you have seen ants. Ants hate the smell of vinegar (especially if it is in their anthill) and they’ll leave as quickly as they can. Vinegar is just as effective indoors as out.
These tips will help you temporarily get rid of ants, but for long-term solutions, seek the help of your pest control professional. Enjoy your autumn—pest-free.