It is difficult to keep ants out of any structure. They are tiny, industrious creatures that can slip into the smallest openings in walls and floors. Once they find a food source inside, it is only a matter of time before a trail of hundreds of ants forms between your home and the ants’ nest. In some cases, certain species of ants may even set up a nest beneath or within a home.
Preventing Unwanted Guests
The best way to keep ants from wanting to come into a home is to clean it regularly and keep food (especially sweets) sealed. Ants love sugar more than anything and will go to great lengths for it. Spilled sweet drinks, crushed pieces of candy, and similar messes can tempt ants to come inside. Frequent cleaning of floors, countertops, and other surfaces makes a home less attractive to ants.
A barrier of ant-repellant can be put around the baseboards inside a home and/or around the foundation outside to kill or repel ants when they try to enter the structure. Destroying ant nests near the home with poison granules helps keep them from getting established too close. If you prefer to use more environmentally-friendly ant deterrent, you can try sealing the edges of your home with materials like:
- Dish soap
- Lemon Juice
- Peppermint oil
- Baby powder
Many of these materials give off strong fumes, and since ants are extra sensitive to smells, these natural repellents will keep them out of your home without using any toxic material.
The Ant Experts Can Help
Sometimes, an ant infestation is too big to tackle on your own. Our experts at Critter Control® of Orlando know how to swiftly and effectively take care of all your ant problems. If you have questions, or would like to get a professional’s opinion on your infestation, call us today for a free consultation at 407.295.7194.