Spring has a lot to offer: long days, comfortable temperatures and beautiful blooms. Soaking in the season can make one of this time of year’s less pleasant attributes all the more disturbing: ant invasions. If you’re struggling with ants, here are some tips to get them out of your home.
Apply Scents and Deterrents
It may sound strange, but ants won’t cross a line of chalk. One method is to line possible entryways where you’ve noticed ants coming in from the outside - or inside. For instance, trace a square around your entire window with a thick line of chalk, or around sidewalk cracks and doorways where you’ve spotted them parading around. Coffee, cinnamon and lemon have also been known to deter ants, but these substances need to be directly applied to areas where ants crawl in your home.
Create Your Own Liquid Traps
A home remedy is to create a mixture of Borax (a powdered hand soap), water and sugar. The mixture should be thick, almost syrupy. However, it’s very important to note that Borax is a toxic substance that can be harmful to children and pets. If you choose this route, be sure to keep the mixture in a small petri dish or other container and remove them if children, pets or guests are around. These homemade traps take a couple of weeks to work.
Seal Food, Especially Sweets
We can all learn something from Mom’s admonition to keep the cookie jar sealed beyond just staying away from sweets. The same principle applies for ants who love sugary substances and foods like honey, cookies and sugary drinks. Be sure all food is sealed, both on countertops and in your pantry and cupboards.
Keep Them From Returning
Unfortunately, these methods all err on the side of coping strategies rather than tactics that kill colonies and keep them from coming back. If you’re tired of ants every spring and serious about getting rid of the problem, make your home a hospitable place in no time by bringing in a exterminator to deal with the issue.